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Long Beach State vs Washington

Time: 11:00 P.M. EST
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Washington spent a few days in Hawaii but probably couldn't wait to return home.

Coming off a disappointing effort at the Maui Invitational, the No. 23 Huskies look to avoid a third straight loss when they host Long Beach State on Tuesday night.

Washington (3-2) dropped 10 spots in this week's poll following a 1-2 finish in Maui. After rolling to a 106-63 victory over Virginia to open the event, the Huskies lost 74-67 to then-No. 8 Kentucky in the semifinals and 76-71 to then-No. 2 Michigan State in Wednesday's third-place contest.

The Huskies have not lost three straight non-conference games since Dec. 3-20, 2003, when they fell to Gonzaga, Wyoming and Houston.

Washington was competitive while losing to two of the nation's top schools, but the trip did not go as the preseason Pac-10 favorite had hoped.

"We're obviously very, very disappointed," said coach Lorenzo Romar, whose team totaled 29 turnovers and was outrebounded in each of the losses. "We had a lot of high hopes coming into the tournament and we're leaving 1-2."

Junior guard Isaiah Thomas, who scored a season-high 18 points while shooting 7 of 11 versus Virginia, now looks to bounce back after he totaled 26 points and shot 8 of 25 from the floor against the Wildcats and Spartans.

Leading scorer Matthew Bryan-Amaning (14.4 points per game) matched his total from the previous two games with 15 points against Michigan State.

"We're going to try to turn this around," Huskies senior forward Justin Holiday told the team's official website.

Washington can begin to right the ship by earning its 23rd straight non-conference home win.

Bryan-Amaning had 11 points in Washington's 84-69 win over Long Beach State in the schools' only previous meeting Nov. 26, 2007.

This is the first true road game for the 49ers (3-3), who went 2-1 at the U.S Virgin Islands Paradise Jam last week, including a 78-72 victory over Iowa on Nov. 22.

"We will get a lot better if we play that hard and that together," Long Beach State coach Dan Monson told the team's official website.

Preseason All-Big West picks T.J. Robinson (13.3 ppg, 10.5 rebounds per game) and Casper Ware (13.2 ppg, 5.0 assists per game) lead five Long Beach State players averaging double figures.

Ware scored 18 points while Robinson added 16 with 15 boards as the 49ers overcame a 13-point deficit to force overtime before falling 80-77 at home to Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

Long Beach State has lost its last 15 games against Top 25 opponents, including an 81-65 defeat to then-No.25 San Diego State to open this season.

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Key Players
T.J.<br>Robinson
T.J.
Robinson
F, LBST
33.5 Min. Per Game 21.0 Matthew<br>Bryan-Amaning
Matthew
Bryan-Amaning
F, WA
13.3 Pts. Per Game 14.4
1.0 Ast. Per Game 0.4
10.5 Reb. Per Game 7.0
44.3 Field Goal % 52.9
42.9 Three Point % -
57.7 Free Throw % 58.1
 
 
 
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