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January 11, 2007 at 10:54 PM

Letting it slip away

The Huskies were as down after this one as they have been after any game all season. Even Jon Brockman, who is usually able to turn a negative into a positive, seemed just about inconsolable after the Huskies let Stanford steal this one, 78-77.
“We just blew it,” Brockman said several times.
Indeed they did. UW was just 2-8 from the floor with five turnovers in the final five minutes after taking a 71-66 lead. The Huskies also hit just 1-4 free throws in the final 1:35, including two misses by Spencer Hawes with 1:35 left that could have put the Huskies up three. And there were two costly fouls in the final 40 seconds, including the reach-in by Ryan Appleby that allowed the Cardinal two easy points to take the lead for good.
“We were our own worst enemy down the stretch,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar, who was unusually short in his post-game remarks. “We just didn’t play smart, I’ll leave it at that.”
Now they are 1-4 and have a long road to get back into contention in the Pac-10. In fact, now it’s worth wondering what the Huskies will have to do just to get into the NCAA Tournament as getting to 10 wins — usually what is necessary to get an at-large bid out of the conference — obviously won’t be easy now.
On the positive side, the Huskies could have won three of the four Pac-10 games they have lost with a little stronger play down the stretch — USC, Arizona and tonight.
And the biggest positive of tonight was the re-emergence of Justin Dentmon (15 points, 7-9 shooting in 24 minutes).
The Huskies also outrerbounded Stanford 39-30 despite the presence of the Lopez twins and took care of the ball well until those final five minutes, losing 14 for the game.
On the negative, Hawes had maybe his worst overall game, going just 3-12 and having three shots blocked by Robin Lopez and fouling out in 29 minutes. He also missed those two free throws.
He readily accepted blame afterward, however, saying that the presence of the Lopez twins “is no excuse. I have to be ready to play against anything and anyone and I don’t think I was.”
UW also again was lax on defense, allowing Stanford to shoot 15-25 (60 percent) in the first half and 30-55 (54.5 percent) for the game.
“They were getting way too many dunks,” Brockman said.
Dentmon said the Huskies are keeping a stiff upper lip about it all, however, saying he thinks the team is “going through the same thing we were going through last year (when they lost three in a row to start 5-5 in Pac-10 play). We’re just going through it at the beginning of the year this year. We just have to stay focused.”
There wasn’t a lot of time for interviews afterward, and deadline situations due to the snow at home also left for little time for a lot of great questioning, so I didn’t have a chance to ask some of the specific questions a few of you have wondered about. But we’ll try to get to some of them tomorrow.



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