Notebook | UW loses game, money but glad for experience
The Washington Huskies didn't break even in the win column or the pocket book in taking part in the first edition of the College Basketball...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Wednesday's game at a glancePlayer of the game: Valparaiso freshman forward Bryan Bouchie made 9 of 12 shots from the field to lead his team with 20 points in just 27 minutes, taking advantage of a UW defense that was concentrating on stopping the Crusaders' perimeter game.
Turning point: The Huskies were 0 for 8 from the field and 0 for 2 from the free-throw line in the last 3:10 as the Crusaders held on.
By the numbers: Washington made just 11 of 24 from the free-throw line.
The Washington Huskies didn't break even in the win column or the pocket book in taking part in the first edition of the College Basketball Invitational.
But despite a disappointing crowd of just 3,227 and a more disappointing 72-71 loss to Valparaiso Wednesday, all involved said they'd do it again.
"It was worth trying to provide an opportunity for our team to continue to play," said UW executive associate athletic director Jeff Compher. "We didn't want to deny them that. And the crowd that was here was great and was into it and loud. I think it was a worthwhile event."
Washington sold about 2,200 tickets ahead of time and Huskies officials entered the night hoping for a crowd of about 4,000, which still would have paled in comparison to UW's season average of 9,069.
Small crowds have been the order of the tournament so far.
None of the four games in the tournament Tuesday night drew more than 4,252 (that was at Nevada for a game against Houston) with a low of 1,169 for Brown at Ohio.
But Rick Giles, president of The Gazelle Group that is hosting the tournament, said Wednesday afternoon he was satisfied with the early attendance figures and says he thinks they will increase as the tournament continues.
Washington forward Artem Wallace suffered a tear or sprain of his right ACL when he was injured with 18:33 left in the first half.
Wallace crumpled to the floor when his knee buckled as he tried to jump for a rebound. He was apparently untouched on the play.
Wallace returned to the bench with a large ice bag on his knee and used crutches to get around.
"It was pretty intense," Wallace said of the pain he felt. "Hopefully it's just a sprain."
Washington's schedule for next season is not complete, with the Huskies looking for two more games. The Huskies will host one big name in nonconference action, with Oklahoma State coming to Seattle as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
Gonzaga is not on the schedule and is unlikely to be for next season, though UW officials say they continue to talk with the Bulldogs and that the series could resume.
Attendance: 3,227. Officials: Brian Rood, Scott Harris, Mike Partlow.
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UPDATE - 10:18 PM
Washington State's Klay Thompson will play Thursday against Huskies