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January 24, 2008 at 10:03 PM

ASU aftermath

A pretty happy locker room after this one, as you might imagine.
I think more than any win this season this one gives some legitimacy to what has seemed to be some improvement of late.
The Huskies fell down nine early and it looked like “here we go again.” Instead, they scored 12 in a row to get right back in it, then took over late in the second half to win going away.
“I give our guys a lot of credit for hanging in there,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
One turning point came during a time out at the 11:28 mark of the first half when Romar threw down his clipboard trying to get his team to understand that it had to stop rushing up three-pointers, which were turning into long rebounds and fast breaks the other way.
The clipboard went flying out onto the court, a display that seemed to get the point through to the UW players.
“He wanted to get that point across,” said Tim Morris with a smile. “He did.”
Said Romar: “Early on they got us in transition. We didn’t get back. Some of that was due to our shot selection. We were shooting too early, contested threes. They were running out on us. When we settled down and began to move the baskeball we were able to get much better shots.”
And from there, the Huskies pretty much were in control. James Harden scored just four points the final 28 minutes of the game as the UW defense stiffened, and the Sun Devils shot just 32.1 percent, a season-low against Washington.
“I thought our guys did a good job of helping each other, moving, anticipating,” Romar said. “Our guys were alert and we didn’t give up a lot of backdoor layups.”
Romar saved some special praise for Artem Wallace, who the stats will show scored just two points in 12 minutes. But he defended Jeff Pendergraph during that time, helping hold the ASU big man to just nine points, five below his average.
“I thought Artem Wallace and our guys did a good job keeping Pendergraph from getting to the rim,” Romar said.
— Romar noted that the team was able to win despite Ryan Appleby scoring just nine points and going 2-10 from the field. “Ryan is not always going to have great nights, so for our guys to step up and do what they did, hats off to our guys,” Romar said.
Joel Smith hit three big three-pointers in the first half when UW was struggling, his best game since the Oklahoma State game.
— The Huskies hit 15-19 free throws in the second half while ASU was just 9-14, a rare advantage at the line for UW. Romar joked that “they caught our disease.”
Tim Morris had a solid game playing good defense on Harden and grabbing a career-high eight rebounds.
— And we haven’t yet mentioned Jon Brockman who simply did what he does, getting 21 points and 16 rebounds. “If he was 5-11 and weighed 150 pounds I still think he’d be how he is,” Pendergraph said. “It’s just the mentality that he has. That’s what he does and that’s what he’s really good at.”
Now it’s on to Tucson and a chance for UW to get its first road sweep since the 2006 season.
Clipboards beware.



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