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Husky Men's Basketball

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February 15, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Beavers already fired up for Huskies

It’ll be a battle of the bottom two teams in the Pac-10 conference in Corvallis tomorrow, which on paper, has yawner written all over it.
But if what happened at the end of UW’s practice Friday at Gill Coliseum is any indication, the game may pack an NCAA Tournament-intensity level.
As the Huskies were wrapping up practice at Gill around 1 p.m. or so — a few players shooting around on the court while a few others conducted interviews (with others having already left or conducting conditioning drills elsewhere) — a group of Beavers walked in,including senior forward Marcel Jones, and began yelling at the Huskies, talking about “not doing that in our house.”
They appeared to be taking offense most at UW guard Venoy Overton, who was playfully taking a few shots in the key, adding a little commentary along the way.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar broke away from a conversation with a reporter to act as peacemaker, stepping in between the two groups before anything got serious — no punches were thrown or anything of that sort.
Jones seemed the most heated of the Beavers, and he’s apparently done this before. The two teams exchanged a few words when they crossed paths during the pre-game shootaround prior to UW’s win over Oregon State in Seattle last month with Jones apparently leading the way then, as well. Overton said later that Jones continued to bark at the Huskies all game.
“Even his teammates were like ‘don’t worry about him. He’s all talk,” Overton told a few reporters after the game.
Jones may have had that on his mind as most of his comments seemed directed at Overton. As the Huskies left, Jones shouted “don’t let the record fool you” an apparent reference to OSU’s 0-12 Pac-10 mark. Jones is well-acquainted with many of the Huskies, having often worked out with them last spring while spending time in Seattle during the period when he was debating whether to declare for the NBA Draft.
If you recall, the first meeting was one of UW’s most heated games, with Overton and OSU guard Seth Tarver getting into a brief skirmish, and Jon Brockman and OSU’s C.J. Giles — now departed — each tetting technicals for an incident in the final minutes. Tarver was also among the group of players saying a few words to the Huskies Friday.
Jones is quoted in today’s Oregon State student newspaper, the Daily Barometer, as saying that the game with the Huskies is “going to be intense, just like it was up there. It’s going to be a war.”
Those initially read like cliches. No more.

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