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Devin Ebanks and Butler combined to hit all four free throws to provide the Mountaineers their largest lead, 56-43.
Romar said his reaction for the most part was an attempt to spark his team which had opened the half missing 11 of its first 14 field goals -- including an ugly possession in which the Huskies missed five shots from in close.
"All of a sudden, we kind of lost the sense of urgency, I thought," Romar said. "I felt we had to nip that in the bud right away."
It didn't work as the Huskies proved no match for the Mountaineers' aggressive approach. Washington finished 22 of 56 from the field and was outrebounded 49-29.
"It felt like it was eight against five out there," Huskies forward Darnell Gant said.
Trailing by as many as six points late in the first half, the Mountaineers went ahead for good with 14:14 left in the second half, when Jones hit a 3-pointer to make it 39-37. That was part of an 11-1 spurt that was capped by Wellington Smith's putback after Casey Mitchell missed a shot from the outside.
Despite the win, the Mountaineers weren't happy with how they played. Part of the problem was not having Bryant, who plays a settling role in running the team's half-court offense.
Ebanks and Butler shared the duties of getting the ball up court, but the Mountaineers at times lacked rhythm and were particularly sloppy in committing 13 turnovers in the first half alone -- three more than they committed all game in a 68-59 win over Missouri on Sunday. They entered the game averaging only 11.6 turnovers.
"It was tremendously uncomfortable, especially this time of year," Ebanks said. "Having our point guard out was a huge blow to us. We played kind of poorly in the first half."
The Mountaineers improved to 11-0 at neutral sites this season and held their sixth straight opponent to under 59 points, a stretch that dates to their 54-51 win over Cincinnati to open the Big East tournament.
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