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February 16, 2008 at 8:43 PM

Oregon State post-game

Obviously a great performance by the Huskies today as they hammered Oregon State 97-59, one that is likely to get overshadowed in much of the coverage by the events that preceded the game.
But then, those were events that were pretty darn unprecedented.
“It’s something I hadn’t seen done this way before,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar of the incident Friday when several Beavers, led by Marcel Jones and Sean Carter, interrupted the end of UW’s practice with some trash talking that threatened to turn violent before Romar broke it up.
“Me and Venoy (Overton) were playing that shooting game and all the sudden they walked in and started yelling,” said UW guard Ryan Appleby. “I thought they were joking around. We were just shooting and laughing. And then we saw they were actually serious about it and we said ‘you know what? We’ll take care of it on the court and not worry about it tonight.”’
According to multiple members of the UW traveling party, Husky guard Joel Smith later received a voice mail asking the Huskies to come to the parking lot of their hotel and fight. The hotel is located a few blocks from Gill.
OSU coach Kevin Mouton denied that incident happened, but the Huskies insisted it did.
“That’s my understanding,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
Appleby confirmed it as well, saying “that was probably a little bit weird, but I guess they were fired up and trying to intimidate us, so they were trying whatever they could to do that.”
Romar tried to downplay it, saying “Nothing happened there. Nothing came of that. Our guys were not around.”
He said in the end all that really happened was some trash-talking, though talk “that appeared to be a little more serious” than usual.
Romar said as far as he’s concerned, the incident will end here.
“It’s over to me,” he said.
Romar preferred to talk about the game, one of the best all-around efforts for the Huskies this season.
OSU played Appleby pretty much straight-up so he was able to get a lot of good looks at the basket and hit 9-15 three-pointers.
Also performing well:
Justin Dentmon, who had his fourth straight game in double figures with 17 and also had six assists and just one turnover in 21 minutes;
Jon Brockman, with 15 points and 10 rebounds in just 22 minutes, a needed break for a player averaging more than 32 minutes in Pac-10 play;
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who hit 6-9 shots and scored 12 points with 10 rebounds in 23 minutes;
Quincy Pondexter, who had 12 points, 10 in the first half when the game was decided.
“Our guys were challenged and I thought we did a good job of maintaining our composure and not rubbing in anything and just playing good, solid, clean basketball,” Romar said.
Indeed, the game was about as incident-free as any UW has had all season. Husky players said there was no trash-talking, and the only hard foul appeared to have no motivation other than simply being a hard foul — Omari Johnson, who wasn’t involved in any of the other stuff, hammering Overton on a layin.
OSU forward Calvin Hampton, who wasn’t involved in any of the pre-game stuff, said later that he thought the incident helped throw off his team’s focus.
He also said he hopes it doesn’t give the Beavers a lasting, negative image.
Hampton said he thinks his teammates were just trying to get hyped up, remembering the competitiveness of the game in Seattle.
“There were just a lot of things that were said back and forth that just rolled over and spilled into something that we as a program don’t represent,” he said. “We don’t represent that type of negativity and just all the things that happened yesterday weren’t really characteristic of us. … It spilled over into something we didn’t intend to happen.”

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