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November 12, 2006 at 10:52 PM

A smashing debut

Not much to quibble with about that debut, huh, as UW beat Pepperdine 99-91?
Lorenzo Romar did find a few things, however, as coaches inevitably do. The Huskies committed 24 turnovers, more than all but one game a year ago, causing him to say that “we got a little relaxed offensively and we tried some experimental passes and we didn’t finish some plays. … We made some mistakes and we don’t understand yet how they played into the game.”
But overall, this is about what you could have hoped for.
Each of the four freshmen had their moments, especially the three you expect to make the biggest impact.
Quincy Pondexter proved a real shifty scorer inside, or as he put it afterward “I’m just one of those types of players who gets it done.” He did Sunday night, with 21 points on 11-16 shooting.
Pondexter earned high praise from Pepperdine coach Vance Walberg, who spent years coaching in Fresno — where Pondexter is from — before taking the Pepperdine job.
“I think he is going to be in the NBA one day,” Walberg said. “He’s got a lot of talent.”
Spencer Hawes played just 19 minutes but had 12 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four blocks. He started the second half, meaning he’s likely now moving into the starting lineup permanently, and said he could have played 30-35 minutes if needed. He said he felt out of shape only once all night despite just returning last week from missing about three weeks following minor knee surgery.
Hawes’ four blocks, believe it or not, were the most for a Husky since the 2004 season when Hakeem Rollins blocked six against Cal.
Adrian Oliver had nine points and four assists in 25 minutes, and contributed to the play of the night, a lob pass that Pondexter slammed down late in the game.
Phil Nelson had an off-shooting night (1-6 and 0-4 on threes) but that figures to come.
In all, the four true freshmen combined for 45 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists and shot 18-31 from the field.
UW outrebounded Pepperdine 43-30 and had 23 assists on 36 baskets.
One down note — UW shot just 4-17 on three-pointers. Justin Dentmon was 3-7, meaning everyone else was 1-10.

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