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December 5, 2005 at 12:32 AM

Team stepped up with Roy sidelined

What might have been the most impressive aspect of the win to me is that the Huskies did it with relatively minimal contribution from Brandon Roy.
A lot of us have written stories saying that Roy would have to carry this team this year, especially early as the younger and newer players adjust.
But due to foul trouble, Roy played just 21 minutes and scored a season-low 10 points.
As Brandon himself said afterward “we showed we’re not a one-man team.”
Aside from the foul trouble, I thought Roy seemed like he was pressing a little bit – he also had five turnovers. Still, he also had six assists and I wouldn’t think UW would want to try to win too many big games with Roy sitting on the bench that long.
• You really saw the rotation shortened tonight. Other than the five starters, only Ryan Appleby played more than nine minutes. And the Huskies played only eight players in the second half with Joel Smith and Hans Gasser also getting on the floor.
UW can’t go forever with that little depth, however, and the good news is that Mike Jensen could be back by the Dec. 16 game against Eastern Washington. Those who showed up early saw him finishing an hour-long workout with assistant Jim Shaw and redshirting freshman Joe Wolfinger, and Jensen said he is ahead of schedule to return.
• Speaking of Smith, he only played nine minutes but I thought his 3-pointer with 7:55 left to put UW ahead 82-79 was a huge shot. That was the third of three straight three-pointers by UW – the other two by Appleby – that rallied the Huskies after Gonzaga had taken its first lead.
• And can you believe Gonzaga hit only one of 15 three-pointers? This isn’t the gutty little team filled with guys who can fill it up that first put the school on the map in the late ’90s. Gonzaga hasn’t been a good three-point shooting team all year and really suffered in this game once Raivio went out.
Morrison, for everything else he did, didn’t help in that regard. He hit just one of eight three-pointers, meaning he was 17-21 on shots inside the arc.
• It would have been nice to know what Morrison thought of the game, but none of Gonzaga’s players were made available to the media as the team had a tight schedule to catch a flight back home.
• Weird stat of the night? There was only one blocked shot even though the two teams combined for 137 field goal attempts.
• And can you believe Stanford lost to UC-Davis today? I think UW’s Pac-10 hopes look better and better.

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