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Husky Men's Basketball

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February 17, 2007 at 4:29 PM

Pitt tidbits

A few more notes and quotes before I wrap it up from the arena for a while:
— Two of the three officials were from the Big East, including the head referee, so that can be safely called a Big East crew (no one seemed to know where the third official was from). UW coach Lorenzo Romar tried to be tactful afterward when asked about the officiating and UW’s 25-8 disadvantage at the free throw line, but assistant Cameron Dollar was a little more forthcoming.
“Twenty five to eight and we’re going inside every time,” Dollar said. “But that’s what happens on the road.”
— Dollar was particularly enthusiastic about the way the Huskies played afterward despite the end result. “We were just playing right,” he said. “We played with a purpose on both ends of the floor.”
Asked what, in particular, UW is doing well now that it wasn’t a little while ago, Dollar said “we’re starting to eliminate the stuff we can control. We’re starting to make the other teams do what we want them to do.”
In other words, starting to follow the game plan. Dollar said the Huskies didn’t want to let Aaron Gray beat them “and every time he got the ball, we had two guys on him.” That meant other Pitt players, who the UW coaches wanted to see shoot the ball instead of Gray, indeed shot the ball a lot more than Gray.
“And when they were shooting, they were doing it with a hand in their face,” he said. “We were making them shoot over us.”
Unfortunately, Pitt hit just a few too many of those. Maybe the most painful was a long three-pointer by Pitt guard Ronald Ramon as the shot clock was running out over the outstretched hand of Ryan Appleby with about eight minutes left.
“I had a hand in his face, so there’s not much you can do about that,” said Appleby.
Said Dollar: “At least we put ourselves where they had to make plays like that to win.”
The Huskies also followed the offensive game plan with Hawes and Brockman taking 29 of UW’s 56 shots. “We were going inside-out a great portion of the game and we eliminated runs due to our negligance rather than them making great plays,” Dollar said.

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