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November 16, 2008 at 12:23 AM

Portland recap

The word upset doesn’t begin to describe this one. No one saw this coming. Especially the Huskies. After the 80-74 defat to the Portland Pilots at the Chiles Center, they walked around like zombies and couldn’t comprehend what had just happened to them.
But the numbers do all the talking.
The UW committed 23 turnovers, which was more than in any game last season. The miscues resulted in 24 points. They shot just 3 for 16 (18.8 percent) on three-pointers and converted just 19 of 32 (59.4 percent) from the free throw line.
The starting forwards were held to two points. Quincy Pondexter was scoreless on six attempts in 25 minutes and Darnell Gant had two.
Freshman Isaiah Thomas had more fouls (five) than field goals (four) and he fouled in in 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, UP shot 7 for 18 on three-pointers and 19 for 26 on free throws. And the Pilots had five playes score at least 10 points.
In reality, the game wasn’t really close. The UW led for only five minutes. It’s largest lead was 66-62 with 4:36 left. Portland had a 12-point lead and controlled the game.
If not for Jon Brockman, who scored 30 points, which was one shy of his career best, and collected 14 rebounds, this would have been a blowout. That’s how poorly Washington played.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said: “We have to understand who we are,” which seemed like code for “Feed the ball to Brockman.”
Clearly this is a team that can’t shoot straight when it’s being guarded and when it’s standing alone at the charity stripe and that has to change or there will be many more nights like tonight.
Former Seattle Prep standout Martell Webster sat in the front row and it was clear by the pained expression on his face who he was rooting for.
“I was expecting this,” said that Portland Trail Blazer who is recovering from an injury and didn’t make the latest road trip.
Husky recruit Abdul Gaddy also drove down for the game.

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