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Washington led much of the game. The led by as much as 11 in the first half. However, they committed costly errors in the last 5 minutes of the game and North Carolina capitalized. Terrence Ross had a key turnover with 2 minutes left. Ross, C.J. Wilcox, Holliday, Thomas, Darnell Gant, and Bryan-Amaning all missed key shots in that stretch. Overall, Washington played a very good game. It wasn't enough to beat a very talented North Carolina team, though.
Terrence Ross was the star for the Huskies, scoring 19 points. Washington actually outrebounded North Carolina; Aziz N'Daiye grabbed 11 boards. After early foul trouble, neither N'Daiye nor Bryan-Amaning fouled out. Unfortunately, Isaiah Thomas was off his game. He only managed 12 points off 5-15 shooting.
These types of losses are always disappointing. This will ultimately be remembered as a flawed team. An exciting team, yet prone to mistakes. This was the last game for seniors Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holliday, and Venoy Overton. All three had great contributions to the team over their four years at UW. Next year the Huskies will be back. Until then, we have the rest of the NCAA tournament to enjoy.