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Husky Men's Basketball

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

December 22, 2006 at 10:32 PM

Huskies win going away

There were a lot of adjectives to throw around for the first 10 minutes of UW’s game tonight.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar used both “weird” and “goofy.”
But after trailing 21-10 with just over 10 minutes left, the Huskies dominated to win 80-51, and go into the Holidays — and Pac-10 play — on a solid note.
“I’m really excited about the way we closed out our non-conference schedule,” Romar said (UW does play at Pitt in February). “We started out kind of goofy, but after that we settled down and we continued to play good basketball. I’m really happy about that.”
The stars were obvious — Jon Brockman (18 and 12) and Spencer Hawes (23 and nine). And the good news, as coaches always say, is that size never has an off-night.
The Huskies dominated on the glass, outrebounding Weber State 47-24.
“They are a terrific rebounding team,” said Weber State coach Randy Rahe. “I thought they wore us down as we got going, especially in the last 10 minutes of the (first) half, they wore us down. They are a very, very good basketball team.”
UW’s dominance inside made up for the fact that the Huskies couldn’t buy a shot outside about 10 feet most of the night. UW was 2-17 on three-pointers and Ryan Appleby was 1-10 for the game. That’s the worst night of his UW career though he’s always been prone to being a little erratic from game-to-game. He was 1-7 in the first NCAA game against Utah State last year then went 5-8 the following two games.
Here are a few other notes:
— Brandon Burmeister left the game for a while in the first half with what he feared was a dislocated shoulder. But he came back in and said the shoulder is sore, but that he should be okay.
— Jon Brockman is now averaging a double-double for the season with 12.82 points per game and 10.09 rebounds. The last time a Husky averaged a double-double was Todd MacCulloch in 1999 (18.7, 11.9). No Husky has come close to 10 rebounds a game since then as the highest average was 7.6 rebounds per game by David Dixon in 2002.
— Spencer Hawes is averaging 20.2 points in UW’s last five games after averaging 11.2 through Washington’s first six games.
— Hawes leads the Pac-10 in blocks at 2.5 per game. His 26 blocks for the season equals the season total of Brandon Roy a year ago, which led the team.
— The Huskies have now won 16 in a row at home and 49 of their past 51. The only home losses in that span came last January against Washington State and Arizona.
— UW has also won 27 straight non-conference home games, last losing at home against Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. That’s a streak that will now last until next fall as UW’s lone remaining regular season non-conference game comes at Pittsburgh on Feb. 17.

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