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February 7, 2008 at 10:30 PM

USC post-game

About 30 minutes after the game, as we were typing our stories from press row, Quincy Pondexter and Joe Wolfinger came back to the court, some basketballs and a couple of managers in tow.
At first we figured maybe the entire team was due to follow. This was the kind of game where something like that might have been called for.
Instead, these were solo efforts — Pondexter worked out for 20 minutes or so on the main floor, Wolfinger apparently headed to one of the other practice courts, each seemingly trying to make something of another lost night for the Huskies.
This was the third straight home loss in the third game of a four-game homestand that figured to make-or-break the season. It may be just about time to consider it broken.
UW was simply outclassed by the Trojans, who ran by and dunked over the Huskies the way the Huskies did to other teams a few years ago.
USC shot 27-52 (51.9 percent) while UW was 26-72 (36.1 percent). The Huskies were a mere 2-21 from the three-point line, 9.5 percent, the worst of the season.
Most damning was the 19-0 USC run after the Huskies had scrapped back to tie it.
“Mainly, we missed a lot of shots and we couldn’t get a flow going,” said UW guard Tim Morris afterward.
In fact, UW missed 12 straight shots during that run.
“When they went on the 19-0 run we missed some shots and I just thought we were negligent,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar. “We didn’t rotate defensively and we weren’t able to sustain a solid effort on the defensive end for the entire shot clock. We turned the ball over and it just began to unravel at that point. I probably waited too long to call time outs in that situation. I thought we could’ve called a couple.”
Romar had made a rare admission before the game, going with a 2-3 zone to start sticking with it for most of the night.
“I didn’t feel we matched up very well in the beginning with the five that we had,” Romar said.
But like everything else UW has tried of late, it did little good. USC isn’t a great three-point shooting team, another reason to go with a zone, but the Trojans hit 5-13 and were able to get a lot of penetration to set up other shots.
Asked how USC got such good penetration, Romar said “because we weren’t doing a good job (defensively). I wish I could give you some complex answer, but we just didn’t do a good job of keeping them in front of us.”
It doesn’t get any easier now with UCLA due in Sunday, fresh off a win over the Cougars in Pullman, and also given an extra day’s rest.
UW has just three home games left — UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State — and little wiggle room left to avoid its first losing record since Romar’s first season in 2002-03.
“We can’t hang our heads,” Romar said afterward. “We cannot hang our heads. That’s when it can get bad.”

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