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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

February 24, 2007 at 10:53 PM

Oregon post-game

Much of the media focus afterward, as might be expected, was on the Ryan Appleby-Aaron Brooks issue.
Appleby had said it would be a gametime decision whether he would accept Brooks’ traditional pre-game handshake, and when the time came, he said he didn’t because he still felt “disrespected” from what happened last year.
“I’m not going to acknowledge someone like that,” Appleby said.
Brooks said that “if he didn’t want to shake my hand, that’s on him. I can’t dwell on that. We had a basketball game to win.”
Thanks to Brooks’ 30 points, the Ducks did just that.
“We have to give it up to Aaron Brooks,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar. “He really carries this team and that’s why he’s up for Player of the Year for this conference.”
Romar said he was proud of the team’s effort, which was a far cry from the uninspired outing at Oregon State.
“The Pit was phenomenal,” Romar said. “I haven’t heard it this loud in years. I was proud of our guys for how they handled that.”
Romar said the difference was simply that “Oregon was the better team tonight.”
UW shot an even 50 percent — solid, but not good enough to offset the Ducks, who were 11-18 in the second half and 25-46 for the game. UW also again lost the turnover battle, losing 15 while forcing just eight.
Oregon had a 40-18 edge in free throws attempted. But again, a lot of that came late as the Ducks attempted 14 in the final 3:07 as the Huskies tried to rally.
UW has now lost four in a row, its longest losing streak since the 0-5 conference start in 2004.

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