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February 1, 2007 at 10:21 PM

ASU observations

It was a road win, which in the end is all that really matters.
ASU is still playing hard, despite having now lost 11 in a row — remember that Oregon won here by only five a few weeks ago.
That said, this was one of the strangest games of this or any season, with UW doing almost everything right in the first half and leading by 24 at one point, then seeming to tighten up in the second half and almost lose it all.
“We were playing not to lose,” said Justin Dentmon.
But for the first time in a road game, the Huskies didn’t lose, and that’s all Lorenzo Romar cared about.
“I’m more focused on the things we did in the first half,” he said. “We were sharp. And when you are sharp like that, that’s what you build on.”
“That’s the best half we’ve played all year. My glass is half full all the time. We can make the adjustments (to prevent what happened in the second half again). We will take care of that were it to ever occur again.”
Spencer Hawes said the Huskies “got timid for a while” in the second half. And that began even before Herb Sendek was thrown out, which sent the crowd into even more of an uproar. There wasn’t a big crowd, but what there was roared its lungs out the final 10 minutes after Sendek’s departure.
Sendeck was ejected for “inciting an undesirable response from the crowd” in the words of official Michael Reed, who whistled both technicals. I’ll have more on all of that in the stories in the paper tomorrrow, and on-line a little later.
Some interesting numbers:
— UW had 44 points in the first half, 22 in the second half. That’s their lowest scoring half of the season (it had been 23 against WSU).
— UW had just three three-pointers, all from Ryan Appleby in the first half. Only once all year (two against Weber State) has UW had fewer.
— UW had 19 turnovers, 13 in the second half.
— Brandon Burmeister was the unsung hero of this one, playing nine of his 11 minutes in the second half as Romar looked for someone to settle the team down. His steal with about a minute left was huge as it appeared ASU would get the ball, down just three. Instead, it then set up Dentmon’s big basket a few seconds later. Interesting on that play, however, that it was called a turnover for UW and a steal for Burmeister when he got it back, yet the shot clock wasn’t reset.

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