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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

December 4, 2005 at 11:17 PM

Washington 99, Gonzaga 95

Bob Payne here, stepping in for a bit until Bob Condotta has some time to send us some notes.
I guess you could say the game lived up to the hype, huh? Here are some quick hits and observations. You can share your views by clicking on the comments link at the bottom of this post.
• As Romar noted in his postgame comments, Adam Morrison is a gamer extraordinaire. As much as Husky fans might despise the Bulldogs’ junior forward, they should just as easily be in awe. No matter what the Huskies threw at him, he found a way to score, racking up 43 points. At this rate he’ll end up averaging around 40 per game for the season. Even the Dawg Pack has to respect that.
• If I had to pick an MVP, it would be freshman Justin Dentmon. In the last five minutes of the game, he seemed like a man deep in The Zone. In addition to making some key baskets – a season-high 17 points – he played some truly smothering defense. As UW coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game, Dentmon “stepped up big time.” And as I said, he’s a true FRESHMAN.
• Brandon Roy was hampered by foul trouble, which he said is something he’s not accustomed to. “I don’t think I’ve fouled out of a game since I was a freshman,” he said. It made it hard for him to find a rhythm in the game.
• In the early going, the defense of Bobby Jones on Derek Raivio, and Ryan Appleby on Jeremy Pargo, really seemed to stump Gonzaga when they were on offense. It just seemed like the Huskies revved up the intensity to a higher level than the Zags in those first few minutes when UW jumped out to a 16-6 lead.
• When the Zags made a run and eventually took the lead around the middle of the second half, it seemed like Gonzaga’s David Pendergraft seemed to have his way on the inside, snagging offensive rebounds and putting them in the cylinder. Why? Because UW freshman forward Jon Brockman was on the bench. When Brockman returned, those easy rebounds and shots disappeared.
• Free-throw shooting: For a team that is supposedly young and inexperienced, the Huskies shot free throws like seasoned veterans, hitting 31 of 35. That’s 85.7 percent, which is about 20 percent better than the current season average of the North Carolina Tar Heels, another team loaded with underclassmen. If the Huskies only shoot 71 percent, they lose the game.
More color commentary from Bank of America Arena coming next …

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