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January 10, 2008 at 11:05 PM

UCLA aftermath

The easy analysis of this one is that the better team won.
Really, it wasn’t a game once UCLA broke a 10-10 tie midway through the first half with a 13-2 run. UW never got closer than 11 points the last 25 minutes of the game and that was despite the Bruins getting just 18 minutes from Darren Collison, who suffered a hip pointer, and not really shooting that well from the outside (2-10 on three-pointers).
Still, UW coach Lorenzo Romar was left somewhat encouraged despite the Huskies now being 0-2 in Pac-10 play.
“Overall, we’re making progress,” he said. “I feel we can finish in the top portion of this conference. I think we started out Pac-10 play by playing the two most difficult teams in our conference.”
No argument there, as UCLA certainly looked like a Final Four-type team much of the night. And if you consider that UCLA ran UW out of the building with a little more ferocity last year — a 96-74 win — you could say the Huskies are matching up a little better this season.
The key now, obviously, is getting a win Saturday at USC and avoiding an 0-3 conference start for the second straight year.
But the Huskies have to figure out where to get more scoring when Ryan Appleby is held in check, and they have to take better care of the ball.
UW had 11 turnovers in the first half that helped UCLA build its lead. And with Appleby being held to zero points by the tough defense of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Russell Westbrook, the Huskies struggled, shooting just 23-55 overall and 2-10 from the three-point line.
Appleby was frustrated afterward that he’s been unable of late to shake loose from the defensive efforts of teams that are making it a priority to take him out of games.
“I’ve just got to get whatever I can,” he said. “If they are going to do that to me, I’ve got to work around it.”
UW has now scored 52 and 55 points in its last two games, showing that the talk of returning to the up-tempo days of yore isn’t happening — at least against really good defensive teams like UCLA and WSU.
Reaction was a little mixed after this one with players mostly preferring to look at the positives.
“It’s a little more difficult when you come out and you know if you if you played better in the first half that you could have made a little more of a run,” said UW forward Jon Brockman.
You can check here for my game story and notebook shortly after midnight.
— In one light moment, one of the officials tonight was Dick Cartmell, who also did the Pitt game when the officials needed to look at a replay of the final shot. Cartmell borrowed the glasses of UW announcer Bob Rondeau during that review and before the game tonight, he asked Rondeu if he had them ready.

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