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February 14, 2007 at 10:53 PM

Apple Cup aftermath

I haven’t had time to read all the posts, dealing with deadline writing duty, but I would imagine quite a few concern UW’s inability to get the ball inside in that final 3:31 when they had a chance to win the game.
Spencer Hawes didn’t take a shot after scoring with 5:33 left to put the Huskies ahead, and Jon Brockman’s only shot in that span was a rebound putback.
“Some of it was just good defense by Washington State and also there were a few lapses on our part throughout the game,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar. “We just need to continue to make sure that we go inside — that is what we need.”
UW players said WSU’s interior defense stiffened during that stretch, with the Cougars fronting the post more and bringing even quicker double teams.
“They did a good job of getting in front of them and playing helpside D on them,” said UW point guard Justin Dentmon.
That left Dentmon to attempt five of UW’s final eight shots in that span of 3:31 in which the Huskies went scoreless.
“It just wasn’t falling,” said Dentmon, who finished 2-12 for the game.
Said Jon Brockman: “Down the stretch they were playing it so packed in. It was hard to make the read on what they were going to do. … It was real hard for us to get it in there and then to make plays when we got it in there.”
Hawes scored 22 points in a season-high 38 minutes and never came out in the second half, proof of how important the Huskies thought this game was.
In fact, four of UW’s five starters — Hawes, Brockman, Ryan Appleby and Dentmon — played 38, 37, 36 and 34 minutes, respectively.
This was one that couldn’t be placed on effort or

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