SEATTLE -- Terrence Ross scored 23 points and top-seeded Washington beat Texas-Arlington 82-72 on Tuesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Washington is the first team to win a regular-season title in a power conference and get left out of the NCAA tournament, and it took the Huskies some time to shake off the disappointment.
"I thought we were ready to play, but I thought we were able to turn it up," coach Lorenzo Romar said. "Once we got that feeling, that hit, I think we adjusted."
LaMarcus Reed III scored 20 points for Texas Arlington (24-9), the regular-season champion in the Southland Conference.
Washington will host fourth-seeded Northwestern in the second round Friday night. The fourth-seeded Wildcats beat No. 5 seed Akron 76-74 earlier Tuesday night.
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