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December 10, 2005 at 6:21 PM

Arrowhead pondering

Here are a few notes, quotes and observations from Washington’s 81-71 win over New Mexico here today at the Wooden Classic.
• Sure, it wasn’t a thing of beauty. But the Huskies dominated early, then dominated late, which is what good teams usually do when they win games without playing their best. I think the coaches would have taken a win in this game any way they could have gotten it. That everyone seemed mildly disappointed afterward only shows how much expectations have risen with the quick start to the season and the win last week over Gonzaga.
• As Romar said, the biggest thing about this game was that it presented some of the obstacles UW will face once conference play rolls around.
Romar noted that New Mexico wanted to slow the game down.
“It was a good experience for us because half the teams in the Pac-10 like to slow the ball down as well,” he said. “This is why you play non-conference games, to improve upon your weaknesses and identify them.”
• The biggest weakness on this day might have been youth as all of UW’s younger players struggled to a degree. Justin Dentmon forced a few things in a way he hasn’t done much of the season, Jon Brockman played his worst game so far, and Ryan Appleby was able to get open for just four shots in 23 minutes.
Dentmon’s worst error came about a minute-and-a-half left when he came out of a timeout and immediately drove the lane for a wild shot that missed when the Huskies wanted to use some clock. In what was an unusually quiet arena, Romar could be easily heard calling him over for what surely was a lesson in clock management.
• With the youngsters muted, UW’s three seniors – Brandon Roy, Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams – combined for 51 of UW’s 81 points. Roy, bouncing back after fouling out against Gonzaga, scored 18 points and handled the ball during a key stretch in the second half when the Huskies regained command.
Jones had a somewhat rocky day, however, playing just 24 minutes after getting four fouls and losing five turnovers – giving him 11 turnovers in the last two games.
Roy said Jones “was teasing me all week about the Gonzaga game and then he goes and gets in foul trouble.”
• I’d never been here before and if I have anything to say about it, I’ll never come here again. This place is a dump. Literally in some cases. Walked in and there’s just a pile of trash in a hallway that led to the press room and the locker rooms.
• Former Washington football player D’Marco Farr was with the Huskies’ contingent. During halftime, he walked into the press room and I heard someone ask him where he was sitting. “Anywhere,” he said.
Not sure if that’s because there were so many empty seats – most of the 12,109 officially on hand showed up for the UCLA game – or because no one would have the nerve to tell the former NFL defensive lineman he was in their seat.
• Saturday was a much-needed good day for the Pac-10, with both the Huskies and UCLA Bruins winning. UCLA looks more and more as if it will be a serious contender for the Pac-10 title.

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