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Husky Men's Basketball

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

January 6, 2007 at 9:01 PM

A win’s a win

The Huskies simply needed a win tonight against Arizona State, and that’s what they got.
There were no style points in this one, but there aren’t going to be against Arizona State, which is quickly replacing Washington State as the least fun team in the conference play. Herb Sendek runs a deliberate style in the best of times, and is really slowing it down this season with the Sun Devils not having the talent to match up most nights.
At least the Huskies were able to persevere.
“You’ve got to be able to win against different (styles) of teams,” said guard Ryan Appleby.
Due in large part to Appleby, the Huskies were able to do that. He found his shooting stroke again after an off night against Arizona to lead UW with 20 points while also handling point guard duties for much of the game.
The other statistical star tonight was Jon Brockman, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season in getting back to health after straining a biceps tendon against Weber State — an injury that was kept quiet until the last few days.
But UW coach Lorenzo Romar felt there were some other stars, as well, citing Adrian Oliver and Artem Wallace. Oliver scored just six points in 32 minutes but played solid defense and had just one turnover. Wallace played just six minutes, but they came in the second half as the Huskies began to finally open up the lead a little bit. Wallace didn’t score, but Romar thought his defense was a key.
The Huskies changed up their defenses a little tonight, using man at times and zone at other times. And often when they were in man, they used their bigger players to run out and double the ball on the perimeter, something Romar felt Wallace did particularly well.
For the second straight game, however, UW basically used just seven players — the starters plus Justin Dentmon and Quincy Pondexter off the bench — a sign that the rotation is shortening.
Pondexter had just three points, but ASU’s defense took away much of UW’s transition game, which is where Pondexter often gets a lot of his points. He had just four shots in 18 minutes.

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