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Husky Men's Basketball

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November 20, 2008 at 9:44 PM

Florida International post-game notes

It was a good win for Huskies tonight. Here’s the link to the AP game story.
This was the type of performance coach Lorenzo Romar was secretly hoping for in two previous non-conference games. Instead, the UW lost at Portland and came away with a not-so-satisfying victory against Cleveland State on Tuesday.
Thursday was a tell of two halves. After shooting 21.9 percent (7 for 32)in the first half, the UW shot 65.6 percent (28 of 64) in the second. The Huskies committed 11 turnovers before intermission and five after.
“In the second half, we started to move the ball around and look for open shots,” Romar said. “We stopped looking for the homerun play. … Once we began to share the ball, we had only five turnovers and a higher shooting percentage.”
Washington was far from perfect tonight, but it managed to cut down on the turnovers (ONLY 16) and Justin Dentmon and Isaiah Thomas managed to share the ball and lead the UW in scoring. Dentmon had 21 points and Thomas 19.
For the first time, the starting starting guards displayed a little bit of symmetry. It wasn’t as if they set each other up for alley-oop layups, but they took turns scoring and seemed to feed off of each other’s success.
Romar said they’ll need to continue developing a rapport because he expects many teams to take away Jon Brockman much like Florida International did tonight. The Golden Panthers assigned two players to Brockman, who finished with just eight points and seven rebounds.
Brockman’s streak in which he’s scored at least 10 points in 39 straight games came to an end. Immediately after the game, the box score credited Brockman with 10 points, however, the official scorer inadvertently gave him a putback that belonged to Quincy Pondexter.
Speaking of Pondexter, his see-saw season continues. He was a virtual no-show in the opener and scored 15 on Tuesday against Cleveland State. Tonight, he had jsut six points on 3-for-7 shooting. He also had five rebounds.
The unsung hero of the night was unquestionably Justin Holiday, who continues to impress Romar. Holiday had just two points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes. Still, the 6-6 sophomore is developing a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He was on the court during a decisive second-half run.
It appears as if Holiday could push Darnell Gant or Pondexter for a spot in the starting lineup, however, Romar said he likes the energy Holiday brings off the bench so don’t expect any changes any time soon.
Not sure why Romar played freshman Scott Suggs and burned any chance of the kid redshirting this season. He looked pretty raw in eight minutes.
Artem Wallace was also a non-factor and 7-foot “center” Joe Wolfinger probably shouldn’t take any more three-pointers if he’s going to miss all four and not collect a single rebound in 14 minutes. If I were Romar, I’d tell him he can shoot a trey every time he grabs a rebound.
Venoy Overton didn’t help his quest to earn more minutes. Not only did he commit four turnovers, he was 1 for 5 from the field and had just one assists. It’s difficult to steal time when your assists-to-turnover ratio is 1-to-4.
And finally, the Huskies leave for Kansas City on Saturday to play defending NCAA champion Kansas in the semifinal of the CBE Classic. The winner plays either Florida or Syracuse in the tournament final on Tuesday.

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