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January 19, 2008 at 7:42 PM

OSU aftermath

Having to rally in the last five minutes to beat a team with a record as bad as Oregon State’s might seem like something to be concerned about.
But I really don’t think this was a game to cause a lot of consternation.
It would have been had UW not been able to rally in the last five minutes.
But the obvious fact is they were able to come back, something last year’s team might not have been able to do, and something that proves a little about this team’s heart, character, whatever word you want to use.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar shared a similar view.
“I applaud our guys, in the midst of a game that seemed like it was getting away from us at one point, for hanging in there, buckling down and doing what we needed to do to come up with a victory,” Romar said.
In fact, I thought a lot of the closeness of this game was due to Oregon State, which despite its record has a lot of big and athletic guys, and which had to have played a lot harder than it has in a lot of other games this season.
OSU players agreed afterward that their effort was a lot better against UW than in some other games.
“We got embarassed at Washington State (Thursday),” said guard Josh Tarver. “We’re not going to get embarassed like that ever again.” The uncertain status of head coach Jay John also had to be on the minds of the Beaver players, though none of the ones I talked to said that had much to with their play Saturday, that they instead simply wanted to try to get a win.
OSU’s intensity resulted in an especially chippy game throughout that featured three technicals and a lot of trash talking throughout.
One of the technicals was called on UW’s Jon Brockman, the first of his career, for a little altercation with C.J. Giles afterward. I cover a lot of that in stories that will appear in the paper tomorrow and on-line in a little while so I don’t want to repeat all that.
The cliff’s notes version is that Brockman, on the ground after trying to take a charge, said he was trying to keep Giles from falling on him. Giles thought Brockman was kicking at him. Brockman said that he might have kicked up a little too aggressively but that he wasn’t sure he deserved the technical — his first other than one for hanging on the rim while in high school.
Giles also said he was surprised to get called for a T, a call that ended up being his fifth foul and sent him to the bench.
“It was real frustrating,” Giles said. “That last technical was kind of sketchy. Brockman, everyone seen that he was kicking. But I can’t really harp on the refs. I have to move on.”
Brockman said the two chatted briefly during the post-game handshake line and each agreed there are no hard feelings, though the real test of that probably won’t come until the two teams play again in Corvallis on Feb. 16.
Brockman was the obvious star with 26 points and 14 rebounds and he finished with 47 points, 30 rebounds and shooting 18-29 in the weekend wins over Oregon and Oregon State.
That had Venoy Overton wondering if Brockman might not be playing just a bit too well right now.
“Hopefully he’s still around next year,” Overton said. “He’s putting up big numbers right now.”
Brockman has essentially said he’ll be back next year but also hasn’t completely ruled out looking at his options.
But there were other bright spots as well:
—- Overton had another solid game with a career-high seven assists, tied for the most by a Husky this year (Justin Dentmon had seven against Eastern Washington).
—- Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored a career-high 12 points in just 18 minutes and also grabbed seven rebounds. He’s getting better and better with each outing.
—- Quincy Pondexter came up big at the end with six points in the key final stretch and finished with 12 in 23 minutes, hitting 4-5 shots and also making three assists.
Free throws to name one — UW again lost that battle quite decisively hitting 19-30 to OSU’s 19-21.
But this was a weekend UW simply had to get two wins. That the Huskies were able to get that done is what speaks most loudly.



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