It looked like the lesson was finally learned. The teacher had indeed taught.
Yet the Huskies relented their grip on the game. N'Diaye repeatedly lingered too long outside on the double teams with his guards against Black's outside pick-and-roll game. That left either the 6-10 Puk open for three easy scores at the rim, or Black to drive past N'Diaye from outside for more scores. Albany got the lead back at 54-53 with 2:31 to go, setting up the tense and ultimately frustrating finish.
It could haunt UW all season - if they don't learn.
Or, as Romar says, truly get taught.
"If we let this into two or three (losses), yes it will," haunt us," Romar said. "If we can go from here and not stub our toe like this again then lesson learned early in the year.
"But if this is a recurring theme, it will certainly be a big blow to us."