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January 25, 2007 at 11:52 PM

Is this the breakthrough?

We won’t know for a while, obviously, if this really is the game that will turn things around for the Huskies.
And Oregon, just as obviously, wasn’t at full strength with Aaron Brooks, and Adam Zahn out of the lineup.
Still, as UW coach Lorenzo Romar said afterward, the Huskies “did a lot of the things that would suggest we are headed in a positive direction” during their 89-77 win tonight.
Among the most notable — UW had just 11 turnovers despite playing at a breakneck style all night, while forcing 18. Granted, Oregon’s turnovers were likely higher due to the absence of Brooks. Still, it’s the most turnovers UW has forced since getting 21 against Weber State on Dec. 22, and evidence that the Huskies showed some renewed eneregy on the defensive end.
The Huskies used a lot of zone, and the coaches may be realizing that that is a good strategy with this particular bunch even if it’s something Romar doesn’t really like all that much.
Oregon hit 9-25 three-pointers, but was 5-15 in the second half and didn’t make any in the final 14:23 of the game. And despite playing a lot of zone, which often isn’t conducive to good rebounding, the Huskies had a 33-22 edge on the boards.
The breakout individual was obviously Justin Dentmon, who had one of the best games of his career with 24 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. He also had six turnovers, and that obviously has to be scaled back. But the rest of it was a huge step in the right direction.
Dentmon said afterward that “I’m being more aggressive” having been told by coaches that he has to “put pressure on the defense.” Indeed, UW has been looking for someone to break down a defense, and maybe tonight is the beginning of Dentmon becoming that guy on a consistent basis.

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