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Husky Men's Basketball

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

November 13, 2007 at 10:39 PM

NJIT post-game

The general theme after tonight’s 88-47 win over New Jersey Tech was that this was a step forward from the 86-77 win over Seattle Pacific last week.
“Tonight we had a lot more life in different areas,” said Jon Brockman. “We were just flat and dead against SPU. We were a lot more of a team tonight right from the beginning as far as working the ball around and taking the open shot. It was good tonight to come out and show people that we aren’t the team that played against SPU. Tonight was the team you are going to see.”
The big warning sign would be the 12 turnovers in the first half against a team using a bunch of mostly freshman guards. UW coach Lorenzo Romar acknowledged that saying that “we will have to be better tomorrow (against Utah). If we commit 12 turnovers in the first half tomorrow it will be a long first half and an uphill battle in the second half.”
The good news there is that UW finished with just 15 turnovers.
The Huskies were also just 10-21 on free throws with five different players missing at least two, something else it can’t continue.
Maybe the biggest positive was the play of Tim Morris, who had 16 in his Husky debut and said later that “I felt really comfortable out there. I felt I was playing ball again.” Morris hadn’t felt quite that good against SPU, admitting he was rushing things in a game in which he had six points in just 12 minutes.
Morris was 5-5 in the first half tonight and 8-13 for the game.
Brockman was his usual solid self with 12 points and nine rebounds in just 21 minutes, obviously getting saved a bit for the Utah game.
Joel Smith had a nice re-introduction into real games with 12 points, hitting 5-7 shots and 2-4 three-pointers and Adrian Oliver also had a nice night with 11 points off the benchm, hitting 4-7 shots.
Venoy Overton showed some nice flashes, as well, with six assists in 20 minutes, two coming in a span of about a minute late in the first half that helped UW blow the game open.
Romar said he went with the starting lineup of Overton and Justin Dentmon, Smith, Quincy Pondexter and Brockman simply because “it’s the five we feel gives us the best chance early in the game.”
There were also some nice moments from Joe Wolfinger (five points in 11 minutes and 1-1 on three-pointers), Justin Holiday (six rebounds, two assists and two points and a block in 11 minutes) and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (eight points, two steals in 16 minutes).
Said Romar of Holiday: “He did a nice job. He got his hands on a lot of balls when he was in there.”
Having a game that was hard to read was Pondexter. He had only one point in the first half when he didn’t take an official shot from the field, and didn’t score his first field goal until there was 11 minutes left. But Romar said Pondexter was concentrating on defense in the first half, guarding NJIT’s Nesho Milosevic, regarded as maybe the team’s most dangerous scorer, holding him to three points for the game.
“One of the things we talked to Quincy about is being complete and having an impact on the game even if the ball doesn’t come your way,” Romar said. “Tonight he did that.”
ROMAR ON GANT: Here’s what Romar had to say about the decision to redshirt Darnell Gant. “Darnell is going to be a heck of a basketball player. I think that he saw that there were going to be a couple of things that he could shore up on. He felt like taking a year to figure it out may not be in his best interest. Save that year while he is figuring it out then he’ll still have four. He’s going to be a very, very good player for this program.”
Romar said there was no chance that Gant would return to action later in the year saying this is a definitive decision to redshirt the season.
HERE’S WHAT NJIT INTERIM COACH WENDELL ALEXIS HAD TO SAY ABOUT UW: “We played against a very good Washington team. They pretty much did what they wanted to do against us. They shot over 60 percent from the field. … They have a lot of weapons, defense, they shot the ball very well from the floor when we were in our 2-3 zone. We gave up too many offensive rebounds and that is basically what cost us the game. … Tim Morris, especially in the first half (was a standout player for UW). Some threes that (Adrian Oliver) hit, that’s basically what broke the game open and started to work for them. We wanted to play zone and make them shoot from the outside and they hit a couple of threes that especially made us come out of it.”

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