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January 13, 2006 at 12:09 AM

Dawgs get big win in Troy

LOS ANGELES – Trojan Warriors.
That’s what the Huskies were tonight, anyway, in beating USC.
Sure, UW committed 28 turnovers, and let most of a 19-point lead slip away.
But this was a must-win game on the road, and the Huskies got it, proof that there is still a lot of life left in this season.
The biggest turnaround was by Bobby Jones, whose ankle has been troublesome but who finally looked like his old self.
Jones said the ankle isn’t healed, and it will be interesting to see how he responds for a game against UCLA on Saturday, but he said that “with so much adrenaline, I wasn’t paying any attention to it during the game.”
You can read my full account of the game online and in the pages of the Times Friday.
But here’s a few other observations:
Not that the Huskies were out of the Pac-10 race, but they got a lot of help tonight with a win here and Arizona’s loss. I think the Pac-10 winner is going to have five or six losses, meaning I think UW has plenty of time left to get back into it. Still, Saturday is crucial in terms of the race.
If there’s a concern about tonight’s game, it’s the turnovers committed by Justin Dentmon, who had a season-high seven, two coming when he twice simply threw the ball away in a span of 22 seconds. It’s easy to assume he was rattled, but Romar gave most of the credit to USC’s defense. “They really got right into him,” Romar said.
And don’t sell USC short in this one. The Trojans played hard from start to finish, and the crowd was a much bigger factor than I thought it would be. It filed in late and though it only totaled 4,561, they made some noise at key times. “They were scrappy,” Romar said of the Trojans.
Jones said it was the most physical game of the year, along with the Arizona State game two weeks ago.
If Jon Brockman keeps playing like that, he’ll put up some big numbers before the year is through. He missed several close shots, and hit just 1 of 4 free throws. But at least he was being aggressive again on offense.
Brockman said the physical nature was right up his ally.
“I loved it,” he said. “The refs did a good job – if you let one team play like that, let everyone play like that.”
Brockman said he had no issue with the hard foul by USC’s Abdoulaye Ndiaye that almost led to a fight early in the second half. Brockman was hit hard while going up for a lay-in.
“It was a hard foul, but I don’t think it was intentional,” he said.
Now on to UCLA, where UW hasn’t won since 1987.

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