In a hard-fought game, SLU fell just a bit short, 66-61, against the Pac-12's Washington Huskies on Wednesday night in Seattle.
The Bills outplayed the Huskies in the first half, but managed just a tie at the halftime break. They had numerous chances to run the lead of six points to double-digits, but failed to do so. That was essentially a foreshadowing of what was to come.
Lorenzo Romar and crew made significant adjustments at half and were able to find wide-open looks for Wilcox in the second 20 minutes. Jordair Jett, SLU's best defender, couldn't keep him in check. N'Diaye, who was utterly neutralized in last year's game against the Billikens, had a field day against Rob Loe, John Manning, and Cory Remekun.
A last-minute comeback by SLU kept the game within doubt until the final ticks, but the Bills couldn't get enough done to force overtime.
It was a matter of making adjustments at the break that doomed the Billikens, and it is certainly something they must do moving forward in the season. For fans, it was a tale of "same ol', same ol" from what they have seen thus far in the 2012-13 campaign. Not enough offense, and a defense that bended and broke at key times.
UW corralled a rebound off a missed free-throw with 18 seconds remaining and dribbled out the clock for the final score.
In what would've been a nice resume booster for the Billikens' NCAA Tournament chances, SLU now must turn around to face Valparaiso on Sunday at Chaifetz Arena.