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November 6, 2005 at 9:58 PM

Notes from the win over Simon Fraser

We’ll have a full report on Washington’s 114-48 win over Simon Fraser in Sunday’s exhibition game in our paper
Monday and on-line sometime after midnight.
Until then, here are a few other notes and observations on the game.
– Before you get too excited by the score, Simon Fraser really wasn’t very good, nothing at all like an Athletes in Action-type team would have been. And not close to a team like Seattle Pacific. But the Huskies can’t play teams like AIA anymore because of NCAA rules forbidding such games due to concerns over shoe companies sponsoring traveling teams.
– Still, the 20 points and 6-for-10 three-point shooting of Ryan Appleby was impressive against any opponent. “He did a tremendous job,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
“It is very evident that that he can shoot the basketball and has a quick release.”
– Play of the night? My nominee would be the lob pass from Appleby that Joel Smith went up high for and dunked late in the first half. With Nate gone, Smith may be this team’s most exciting dunker. It was the type of play veteran teams make. But Appleby pointed out that he and Smith were on the same side in practice almost every day last season while Appleby was sitting out and Smith was a reserve.
– If Appleby looked taller than the 6-foot-1 the roster lists him as, it’s because he is. He said he recently measured at 6-3 3/4.
– The game will be forgotten a few days from now, but Jon Brockman said it was a big deal because it was his first college game. “I was really nervous,” he said. “I get nervous before every game, but this one was a little more nerve-wracking.”
– Brockman wore a mask to protect a broken nose he suffered in practice a couple of weeks ago. He said either Artem Wallace or Joe Wolfinger hit him after coming down with a rebound.
– Simon Fraser coach Scott Clark had this scouting report on the Huskies: “They were a pretty solid team last year, and I think they’ll be pretty solid again. Losing Nate Robinson is a big hole to fill, but they may be a little bit better in the post than they were last year. If they stay healthy, I think they’ll make a run at things.”
– Asked for areas that need improvement, Romar mentioned a couple of subtle things … “keeping the ball in front of them on defense and improving spacing on the floor on offense.”
– Was that Mike Jensen on the UW bench or Eminem? Anyone who saw Jensen and his white jump suit knows
what I’m talking about.
– That was Spencer Hawes sitting behind the basket on the visitors’ side about two rows back at the start of the game.
– The Huskies need to work on their pregame chest bump. Brandon Roy and Jamaal Williams just about hit the ground before hitting each other.
– Were they kidding when they announced there were a “limited” number of tickets available for the Apple Cup. I would think that right now, the only thing more available would be Paris Hilton.

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