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November 24, 2006 at 9:20 PM

Yo Adrian!!!

Somebody had to say it after Adrian Oliver (with a lot of help from Justin Dentmon) bailed out the Huskies here tonight against Eastern Washington.
As a lot of people have commented, some up-and-down performances like this are to be expected with a team as young as UW’s, especially when the opponent has a player as good as Rodney Stuckey on its roster.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar, in particular, didn’t seem overly concerned, saying he wasn’t really worried even when Eastern took a 12-point lead late in the first half.
“I just felt like offensively we would start to do a little better job,” Romar said. “I thought in the second half we started to take care of the basketball a lot better and started to relax. Overall, I wasn’t concerned. It was just ‘when is it going to happen? When are we going to get it together?’ At the end of the first half, there it was.”
Oliver provided the spark with a half-court shot (more on that in the game story in tomorrow’s paper) and by taking primary duty for guarding Stuckey in the second half and holding him to 10 points after the break — Stuckey had 21 at halftime.
Stuckey said his foul trouble was the only difference (he picked up his third foul at about 16 minutes and fourth at just under six minutes) and he might have been right. But Oliver helped draw those fouls, so he deserves some credit for that.
Here are some added notes:
— The news on Joel Smith was worse after the game than had been reported before hand. Romar said Smith is likely out 4-7 weeks with what appears to be a reinjury of the same stress fracture he had surgery on a few months ago. But even though that means Smith could be out half the season, Romar said definitively that “he will not redshirt.”
— Oliver started in place of Ryan Appleby to start the second half and Romar said afterward Oliver could move into the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game against Idaho. “We’ll see,” he said.
Justin Holiday and his younger brother, Jrue, were in attendance for the game. Justin signed with UW earlier this month and Jrue could be one of the top recruits in the nation next year. Justin said they flew up today to take in a game before their season starts next week, and were flying back Saturday. It was the first time either of them had seen a game here. Justin had nothing but good things to say about it all and you can read some of that in tomorrow’s paper. (I didn’t have a chance to talk with Jrue).
— Eastern lost to Gonzaga 90-75 to open its season and Stuckey was asked the difference between UW and the Zags afterward. “I think UW comes out and gives a little more pressure on the ball and stuff like that,” he said. “GU is going to be tough. They handed it to us, but I think we were ready and we were prepared to play this game. GU was the first game of the year and we weren’t clicking with each other year.”

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