From the newspaper article for the Washington - Wright State game:
There also was the play of junior point guard N’Gai Evans, who would not give in and kept his team in contention even with usual starters Vaughn Duggins and John David Gardner on the bench with a suspension and an injury.
In the end, it didn’t make much difference as Washington beat Wright State 74-69 behind the 30 points put up by Thomas, a guy whose father named him because he lost a bet and his wife wanted a Biblical name for her child anyway.
Didn't make much difference? What? Your best player was not on the floor and you only lost to the No. 14 team by 5 points. In the end, not having your best player and the other starter likely did make a difference.