SEATTLE, Wash - The disappointing University of Washington men's basketball season ended on another disappointing note.
The favored Huskies lost 72-71 to Valparaiso of Indiana in the first round of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational tonight at Seattle.
The Pac-10 Huskies completed their season with a 16-17 record, their first losing season in five years.
Recovered from a sprained ankle that caused him to miss Washington's one-and-out Pac-10 tournament loss to California last week in Los Angeles, Jon Brockman didn't start, but finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes to lead the Huskies.
In their first-ever game against the Crusdaders, the Huskies missed two free throws with 4.7 seconds left. They also missed seven shots from the field in the final two minutes. Washington was favored by 10 points and led 36-33 at halftime.
Washington starting forward Artem Wallace played only one minute before leaving the game with a knee injury.
A sparse crowd of 3,227 turned out at Washington's campus Bank of America Arena.