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November 23, 2005 at 12:11 AM

Two-hour vandalizing

Odds and ends after UW’s 90-67 win Tuesday over Idaho:
• I’m sure everyone at the game realized that Idaho had played Gonzaga tough on Friday and wondered what it meant that the Huskies blew the Vandals out. I wrote about that a little bit for the story that appears online and in the newspaper.
But the Huskies didn’t think it meant all that much.
As they pointed out, UW plays a frantic style that can make teams look bad. The Huskies got ahead and Idaho never could do anything.
When Idaho played Gonzaga, it was GU’s opener, the Bulldogs were probably looking ahead to their trip to Maui, and they simply didn’t shoot well.
“Idaho played a zone against them and their guys just weren’t knocking down shots,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said of the Idaho-GU game. “Idaho capitalized on that and gained confidence as they continued to play hard.”
Gonzaga didn’t hit any three-pointers in the first half and just 4 of 19 for the game. Gonzaga won’t normally shoot that bad, and turn those numbers around just a bit and that game might have been a rout as well.
• It looked like the Huskies did a little thinning of the rotation Tuesday as just nine players saw action in the first half. Brandon Burmeister, who has seen regular action, didn’t play until the second half with Joel Smith and Ryan Appleby getting all the time as reserve guards in the first half.
Hans Gasser remains in the rotation and played well again with eight points and two nice assists in 20 minutes. He has been forced to play largely because Mike Jensen remains out. But he’s playing so well that it will be hard for him to not get time even when Jensen returns.
• Idaho guard Tanoris Shepard admitted what seemed obvious afterward. “We just didn’t come ready to play,” he said.
Too bad, as I liked what I saw of Shepard when I watched the Gonzaga game. Shepard seems like a real classy young man. He’s already received a general studies degree from Idaho and is working on his master’s in communication.
• Interesting night for the Pac-10 Northwest teams as all four saw action. Most intriguing may be Oregon’s 84-62 blowout of Pacific, the team the Huskies beat in the second round of the NCAA tournament last year.
But Pacific isn’t nearly the same team it was a year ago, having lost seven key players, notably center Guillaume Yango, who scored 17 against UW. Pacific lost its exhibition opener to Seattle University 72-71 on Nov. 5.
Still, the Ducks look like they are off to a nice start. Noticed that Aaron Brooks scored just three points. But he also had six assists and only two turnovers in 26 minutes, which Oregon coach Ernie Kent might consider more important.



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