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January 20, 2006 at 6:14 AM

A win’s a win

That was the mantra from the coaches and players after this one, anyway, and there’s something to be said for a team that can shoot 33 percent yet still win a conference game.
Even so, UW’s 69-65 win over Oregon State was hard to watch, and not something the Huskies should risk repeating anytime soon.
But there was no questioning the effort or focus, despite all the missed shots, many of which were point-blank lay-ins and put-backs.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar, in fact, praised the effort of the entire week, saying, “They were really focused in practice this week. Probably as focused as we’ve been, and I think that focus carried over into the game tonight.”
The Huskies’ plan was to pressure OSU’s ballhandlers, because the Beavers were without starting point guard Lamar Hurd. And the strategy worked as the Huskies forced 28 turnovers.
As Bobby Jones said, if UW hadn’t done that “we might have lost by 20.”
But the Huskies never let down on defense, despite all the erratic offensive play.
“Psychologically, when you’re not making shots, when you’re missing layups and open shots, it wears on you to where you don’t give the right effort defensively,” Romar said. “But that wasn’t the case tonight. Our guys forced 28 turnovers and fought through to the end, so I’m glad we got the victory.”
The win was critical as it allowed UW to finally begin to get some separation from the bottom of the pack in the Pac-10.
UW is 4-2, tied with Cal and Oregon for second behind UCLA at 5-2.
Stanford fell to 3-3 with its loss while Oregon State and WSU each dropped to 2-4.
A win against the Ducks on Saturday and the Huskies could have a tie for first place with UCLA if Arizona beats Cal. And that would be a pretty quick rise back to the top after the two earlier home losses.
Here are a couple of other notes:

  • Jamaal Williams played just 17 minutes, his fewest since getting 16 in a blowout win over Idaho, and he shot just 2 for 12, having trouble scoring inside against OSU’s taller interior players. But Williams said afterward that he won’t complain. “I have to deal with it,” he said. “It’s my last year so I can’t complain about it.”
    Joel Smith played just four minutes, all in the first half, and Romar said it was simply because other players were playing better, mainly Brandon Burmeister, who gave the Huskies a big lift in the second half. Romar said Burmeister, who scored five points and had three big offensive rebounds, “did a phenomenal job.”

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