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February 4, 2008 at 12:59 PM

On free throws

It’s the oldest news of the season that UW is having trouble at the free throw line.
But just how much is evident in this week’s NCAA stats — UW is 322nd out of 328 teams in the nation at 59 percent.
UW coaches and players remain perplexed on the issue.
Coaches say that Artem Wallace and Matthew Bryan-Amaning are the only two players who consistenly struggle in practice.
The rest, they say, hit them regularly in practice but are having trouble translating that to games.
Most confounding right now is Jon Brockman, who is shooting 55.8 percent this season after shooting 66.7 percent as a freshman and 66 as a sophomore.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said after the Cal game that Brockman had made 85 of 100 free throws during a pre-game shootaround. He also made 82 of 100 during a shoot-around before the Stanford game.
But Brockman proceeded to go 1-4 against Cal and 5-11 against Stanford.
“I’ve just got to get my mind straight,” he said after the Cal game. “I know I can make them.”
Romar joked that a lot of years he has gotten unsolicitied offers of help from shooting doctors and others who think they have the answer but hasn’t gotten any of that this year. “This is the year they should have been calling,” he said.,
Romar was asked if he might have a practice where the team does nothing but shoot free throws, but said no, pointing out again that in practice, the team shows few signs of the trouble it has in games.
“We shoot more than enough free throws in practice,” said guard Ryan Appleby. “That’s not the problem.”
Just 10 games left to figure it out.

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