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Husky Men's Basketball

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

December 9, 2006 at 11:26 PM

Huskies show their age

It didn’t figure to be easy for a young Husky team to win a game like this on the road. And that’s exactly what happened.
UW looked had a collective deer-in-the-headlights look much of the night, prompting coach Lorenzo Romar to proclaim that “we were no match for them tonight.”
The game had the feel of a Kiss concert much of the night, with the crowd at a fever pitch, and that seemed to unnerve the Huskies.
“When you are on the road and there is all that atmosphere and emotion, it can disrupt your game,” said Spencer Hawes.
In terms of what happened on the floor, Romar said defense was the main culprit as the Huskies gave up a season-high 97 points and allowed GU to shoot 55 percent in the first half.
Romar said it’s obvious that his team is not “committed” to playing defense yet.
“There’s not any question that tonight’s g ame will get our attention,” Romar said. “We will definitely learn from it.”
That was the theme — that this was a growing experience for a team starting three freshmen and two sophomores.
Some positives — Jon Brockman had double-digit rebounds for the third straight game (12) and also scored 13 points; Hawes settled down after a rocky start and hit 8-15 shots to score a team-high 20; Quincy Pondexter also overcame a rocky start that saw him pulled twice in the first 10 minutes to score 13 on 5-7 shooting; and Phil Nelson had eight points in 21 minutes.
The negatives were led by Justin Dentmon’s 2-14 night as he seemed to get caught up in trying to take the team on its shoulders and force a lot of things.
Here are some other sobering numbers — GU had 50 points in the paint to 28 for UW; Gonzaga had 21 points off turnovers to seven for UW; and Gonzaga had 12 fast break points to just two for the Huskies. The latter speaks to the how poorly UW played defense as it never gave itself a chance to get out and run by forcing turnovers — Gonzaga had just eight.
All for now as we had out into the icy night.
The Huskies likewise are in for a long night as they are bussing back to Seattle.

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