Huskies Drop Close One To Bobcats

Nov 24, 2002

SEATTLE (AP) - Pete Conway and Jason Erickson each scored 14 points asMontana spoiled the debut of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar with a 56-53win Sunday.

It was the Bobcats' first season-opening win on the road since 1963.

Both teams displayed poor shooting and sloppy ballhandling in thelow-scoring game. Montana State (1-0) shot a meager 36 percent and turned theball over 19 times, but made its free throws down the stretch to keep ahead ofWashington (0-1).

Romar played point guard for Washington from 1978-80 and compiled a 93-88record coaching the last six seasons at St. Louis and Pepperdine. He saw hisnew team close to within one point at 54-53 on Jeffrey Day's 3-pointer with20.1 seconds to play. It wasn't enough.

Erickson, last season's Big Sky Conference MVP, scored the game's final twopoints at the free throw line. A 3-point attempt to tie the game byWashington's Curtis Allen bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

While Montana State was outscored 24-16 in the paint, Casey Reynolds was thegame's leading rebounder with 10.

Washington, which split its two exhibition games, was led by the 10 pointsof Day, who also pulled down nine rebounds. Freshman center Anthony Washingtonplayed well in his first collegiate game with 8 points in 14 minutes, but satmuch of the second half because of foul trouble.

The Huskies struggled early on offense. Doug Wrenn, who averaged 19.5 pointsand was an All-Pac 10 selection last season, missed his first seven shots. Hefinished with 6 points on 3-of-15 shooting.

Washington shot 31 percent in the first half while Montana State hit 33percent en route to a 25-23 edge at the break.

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