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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

November 14, 2006 at 10:55 PM

A solid win

After the events of the week, that was a fun game tonight. The Huskies got challenged and answered it with a win that may look pretty good come March.
Considering he’s had just three practices with the team, Spencer Hawes looked pretty good. Some of that first-half rust is to be expected due to sitting out three weeks after the knee surgery.
But his second half — 12 points in 16 minutes — was a sign of things to come.
To answer one quick question, there was apparently nothing wrong with Harvey Perry. Asked afterward if he was injured, UW coach Lorenzo Romar said simply “no” and left it there. I think Perry is still trying to find his role on this team a little bit and UNI’s deliberate style might not have fit his game.
Justin Dentmon was the star throughout the tournament. But I thought Hawes was the key tonight. UNI has good big players, but they also played Hawes from behind, something the Huskies were finally able to exploit in the second half.
After the four turnovers in the first half, it was interesting to see how he’d respond.
The answer came quickly.
“This was his first real challenge and he adjusted to it,” Romar said.
A few notes —- Justin Dentmon’s 17 points tied his career high; the Huskies are now 3-0 for the fourth straight year; and they have now won 19 straight non-conference games overall and 20 straight non-conference games at home.
UNI coach Ben Jacobson had nothing but good things to say about UW afterward.
“They play hard,” he said. “And they play with a lot of energy. They don’t talk to the officials. They just go out there to play hard. And it was a fun game to play.”
Remember, UNI beat Iowa and won at LSU last year and has three starters returning, so this was a salty bunch.
One negative was the foul trouble of Jon Brockman, who fouled out in 18 minutes and also fouled out in 13 minutes of the exhibition game against St. Martin’s.
“They were cheap, unnecessary fouls I could have prevented,” Brockman said.

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