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“I don’t think it’s any kind of indictment on the Washington staff or the job (UW coach Steve) Sarkisian is doing,” he said. “I think it’s just really a group of guys who wanted to go out of state more than wanted to stay home and play.”

“It’s a grind on the road. We have to figure out we need to grind out wins,” said junior point guard Abdul Gaddy, blowing air through his lips in frustration. “We need it to be when we don’t score they don’t score. Right now, we don’t know how to grind out games.”

Feels like we must remember Desmond Simmons is a first-year player. Still, he’s taking more responsibilities each game. He’s being asked to score, rebound and defend. Teammates look to him for toughness and in many ways that’s unfair of somebody who has played just 14 games. Simmons did some good things tonight. He collected three offensive rebound and five total. He had six points and two steals. But he also had his hands full with Andre Roberson, who had 12 rebounds. Simmons did a good job holding Roberson to eight points. It’s the first time in seven games he failed to score in double figures.

Starters Keala King and Kyle Cain, along with reserve guard Chris Colvin, have been suspended for “unacceptable conduct” and did not make the trip to Los Angeles. Their status will be revisited next week, which means they also will miss Saturday’s contest against UCLA.

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