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Husky Men's Basketball

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

February 25, 2007 at 11:47 AM

The day after

The Aaron Brooks-Ryan Appleby dust-up figures to be remembered forever now.
Maybe it would have faded away a bit if last nght’s game hadn’t developed the way it did.
But everything that happened Saturday — from Appleby’s refusal to take Brooks’ hand before and after to the way the two played on the floor as the two leading scorers in the game — will put this one in permanent UW-Oregon lore.
Here’s our coverage today, including this game story and notebook.
Here’s more from the Eugene Register-Guard including this column by Ron Bellamy that delves more deeply into Brooks’ thoughts on it all, and this game story.
To address one question raised on here that the stories may not answer of why did the other UW players take Brooks’ hand when Appleby didn’t? Spencer Hawes said it what happened was between Brooks and Appleby and it wasn’t for the other Husky players to get involved. Also, Brooks went around to some of the other UW players before he got to Appleby, and all of the Huskies said they had no idea what Appleby was going to do — he hadn’t told them, apparently.
But the other Huskies thought it definitely fired up Appleby, Phil Nelson saying “he feeds off” that kind of emotion.
It was interesting after the game as the players milled about on the court with family and friends. Appleby stood near the UW bench talking with a few people, Brooks was over in the corner near on the same side talking with a few friends. They never seemed to make eye contact.
But a few Huskies acknowledged Brooks with brief handshakes or nods and when Lorenzo Romar playfully sunk a shot from out-of-bounds, about 35 feet from the basket, Brooks grabbed a ball and tried to match it. Brooks’ shot went off the front rim and the two exchanged what appeared to be some brief good-hearted banter.
Point is, I think everybody had their own feelings on this issue, and were resolving them in their own way.
As for the two teams meeting again this year, as it stands now, they are in opposite brackets of the Pac-10 Tournament and wouldn’t meet until the championship game if each got that far.

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