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Husky Men's Basketball

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

December 28, 2006 at 11:22 PM

Huskies lose a tough one

Obviously not the way the Huskies wanted to open conference play.
It’s tempting to blame it partially on the youth, but that didn’t really seem a factor. Spencer Hawes hit the remarkable three-pointer to force the second overtime and had a career-high 24 points and Adrian Oliver did about what has come to be expected of him. Quincy Pondexter had an off night but was in foul trouble all night and also was coming off a minor concussion.
I think this game may end up saying more about USC than about the Huskies. With Gabe Pruitt back and getting into playing form, the Trojans have a dangerous perimeter, and they have just enough inside to complement it with Taj Gibson turning into one of the best freshmen in the conference.
About the only thing UW coach Lorenzo Romar really seemed upset about afterward was his team’s rebounding down the stretch — after outboarding USC 23-13 in the first half the Huskies were outrebounded 24-15 the rest of the way. It’s the only time, other than the Gonzaga game (41-39) that the Huskies haven’t had a significant rebounding edge all season.
The other problem was lack of scoring from inside the three-point line from anyone other than Hawes. UW was 13-26 on three-pointers, the most this year other than 17 against Nicholls State. But the Huskies were just 16-40 shooting otherwise. Hawes was 10-16 overall (9-15 on non-three-pointers) meaning the rest of the Huskies made just seven conventional two-point shots in 50 minutes.
The big problem there, obviously, was foul trouble that limited both Pondexter and Jon Brockman. Brockman scored just four points, a season-low.
None of the Huskies seemed interested in blaming it on the refs afterward.
“It was just one of those games,” said Hawes. “You just have to make the adjustments. That’s not the reason we lost.”
Check our web site for more specifics on the game a little later.

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