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December 29, 2006 at 9:14 PM

Shaking it off

You wouldn’t have been able to tell the Huskies had lost the night before juding by their practice at Pauley Pavilion this afternoon.
The Huskies seemed to take it in stride that a few losses are going to happen in this conference this season and were more concerned about looking ahead to UCLA.
The practice ended with some light-hearted dunking and three-point shooting contests, as often happens on the road.
The Huskies have two days to prepare for UCLA as the game was switched from Saturday to Sunday for TV purposes. It will be seen nationally on FSN at 2 p.m. Sunday.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said this is a good time to have an extra day because the USC game was “emotionally draining. So it will be good to have another day.”
But as he pointed out, the Huskies actually didn’t have that many players play an abnormal amount of minutes, despite the fact it went two OTs — mostly because of the foul trouble.
Spencer Hawes played 47 minutes and said he was surprised when he realized that afterward. But he also said it didn’t seem to faze him much physically. Ryan Appleby played 37 minutes. But other than that, no one saw more time than Adrian Oliver’s 32 and regulars such as Jon Brockman and Quincy Pondexter (each 26) and Justin Dentmon (28) played about the normal amount.
All, however, were limited due to foul trouble.
The foul disparity has been a big topic on here — UW shot just 12 free throws to USC’s 38. But you won’t often get the Huskies to complain about the officiating, and I didn’t hear any comments about it today.
I asked Pondexter about his controversial fifth foul and he mostly shrugged and said he put himself in that position with some foolish fouls earlier in the game. “As my dad always says, you can’t change the call, you just have to play through it,” he said.
Romar said only that road teams typically don’t shoot as many free throws as home teams in the Pac-10 conference.
I’m including some of this in my story for Saturday, as well. What Romar said was
“For whatever reason, on the road, that happens a lot. It just seems that way.”
Romar’s argument may have some merit

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