Aug. 31, 2012
Antibes, a top-division pro team that features four American players, shot 50.7% from the field on 37-of-73 shooting, while the Huskies were just 24-of-77 (31.2%) from the field - including 1-of-14 from 3-point range.
"We played a team tonight that played like a top-15 NCAA team," said Husky Coach Lorenzo Romar. "They were clicking on all cylinders and we shot only 31 percent from the field. We had a lot of open looks, but we just couldn't get the ball to go down.
"Overall, with their team playing that way and with us only having 10 practices before the trip and none since we arrived, it really showed."
Anthony Hilliard scored 17 points to lead all scorers, while Antibes' Tim Blue scored 13 points - all in the first half - for the host team.
C.J. Wilcox led the Huskies with 14 points, but was just 5-for-21 shooting from the floor, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range.
The Huskies jumped out to a 9-6 lead early in the first quarter, but it was all Antibes after that. The host team went on an 18-0 spurt over a three-minute span starting at the 6:26 mark to go up 24-9. Washington never got closer than 10 points after that.
The Huskies trailed 29-15 after the first and it got worse for the Dawgs when Antibes got their lead up to 25 by scoring the first 11 points in the second quarter. A Wilcox jumper ended that run, but the Huskies were only able to whittle the lead down to 19 by halftime, 53-34.
An inspired Washington team came out in the third quarter and cut Antibes' lead to 10 points on two occasions, thanks to improved defense and better shooting. But, the host team went on a 10-1 run over the final 1:19 of the period to get their lead back to 19 heading into the fourth.
Antibes scored the first 10 points of the fourth to make its run 20-1 before Shawn Kemp hit a short jumper to stop the bleeding. By then it was too late and Antibes cruised home.
"There were a lot of defensive lapses -- probably again due to a lack of practice," Romar said. "It showed tonight and they (Antibes) exposed that."
Despite the lopsided score, Romar was able to find several bright spots from the game.
"I liked the fact that we ran great offense but just couldn't make shots," he said. "We had great looks at the basket. We just could get them to drop."
Another positive for the Huskies was their 53-48 advantage on the glass, the third time in three games they have outrebounded their opponent. Desmond Simmons led the rebounding charge, grabbing 11 on the night, while Aziz N'Diaye added 8.
Romar was also pleased that the Huskies shot 17-of-23 from the line - 73 percent - and had only 16 turnovers - 8 of which belonged to Andrews. In the first two games, UW shot 41 percent from the line and averaged almost 25 turnovers a game.
"If we defended better, I'm not sure we would have won the game, but the score would not have been as lopsided as it was," is how Romar summed up the night.
Tomorrow, the Huskies will tour nearby Monaco in the morning, return to their hotel in Nice in the afternoon and head back to Monaco where a top-division team that went 24-2 last season awaits them. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. PT) at Stade Louis II.