Classes start Monday, Jan. 7, at the University of Washington. Perhaps profs should receive a campuswide edict to make all students first report to a gym, where the first one to shoot better than five for 13 from the free-throw line would receive a full scholarship and a place on the men's basketball team. That's what the Huskies shot Saturday, Jan. 5, at home against the nationally fourth-ranked Washington State Cougars. Had the Huskies made 10 of 13, they might've won the game. As is, the Cougs triumphed 56-52, taking their sixth straight against the cross-state rivals. It was a strange game for several reasons, not the least of which being that the packed house seemed divided somewhat evenly between Husky-clad fans, Cougar partisans, and those still sporting Seahawks togs from the earlier football game. Then there was the snail's pace of scoring. With a quarter of the clock time elapsed, each team still was in single digits, which hasn't been seen in basketball since Gene Hackman was coaching 'em in Hoosiers. In any case, when the home team came to the free-throw line with 4:12 left in the game, fans seemed to express a collective groan, justified when Husky players clanged four of their final six attempts. Note to coach Lorenzo Romar: Don't just say you're going to make them practice free throws. Do it. And maybe remove those plastic covers from the rims.