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February 14, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Oregon post-game

First, the good news.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game the knee and ankle sprain suffered by freshman guard Justin Holiday isn’t serious and won’t require surgery. He could be back in a week or two.
“He’s going to be okay,” Romar said.
Now the bad news — everything else that happened here tonight.
This was a real lackluster effort by the Huskies in a game that felt lackluster all the way around. The Pit was as placid I’ve seen it in the 10 or so times I’ve been here, so the usual intimidation factor didn’t seem to be there.
But UW never duplicated the emotion and energy of the win over UCLA Sunday, and after the first 10 minutes or so, this one never really felt in doubt.
“It was totally 180 degrees different,” said guard Ryan Appleby. “We didn’t come out with the same energy and intensity we had against UCLA and that hurt us.”
Indeed, the Huskies were “a step slow,” in the words of Romar, on defensive rotations most of the night, leaving Oregon’s shooters with too many open looks. The Ducks took advantage to make 14-25 three-pointers, tying the most ever against the Huskies (which also happened here in 2003).
Any hope that the season had renewed life after the UCLA win seems dead now.
The Huskies lost nine turnovers in the first half when the game was there for the taking, and had just eight assists for the game, the fewest other than the Stanford debacle (four).
UW was also outrebounded 35-33 after having won that battle 45-33 in Seattle, another sign that the Huskies were lagging a bit all night.
And offensively, UW was held under 60 points for the sixth time in Pac-10 play, and third time in five conference road games. UW hit just 24-61 shots (39.3 percent) the fifth time in conference play UW has been held under 40 percent.
“We weren’t as mentally sharp (as the UCLA game),” said guard Tim Morris.
Few players had good nights. Brockman had another double-double but was held to 13 points and now hasn’t scored more than 15 in any of the last five games while battling a groin injury. Justin Dentmon led UW with 16 but also had four turnovers in 24 minutes. No one else scored more than the eight of Appleby, who was guarded closely by Oregon’s Bryce Taylor.
Now the Huskies have to get back up for a game Saturday against Oregon State where they will try to avoid the embarrassment of becoming the first Pac-10 team to lose this season to the Beavers. This wasn’t pretty, but that would be downright ugly.

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