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November 29, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Pacific postgame wrap and quotes

Very nice win for the Dawgs today and the type of bounce back game that coach Lorenzo Romar was hoping for after an 0-2 showing in Kansas City.
Most of the attention today and most of the stories tomorrow will focus on Quincy Pondexter’s big day.
He was spectacular because he was the most active player on the floor. It wasn’t as if Romar ran a bunch of plays to get him going, but rather Pondexter outworked and jumped over Pacific players in the painted area.
Many of his six field goals were the result of seven offensive rebounds. He finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, which are both season highs. The double double is his first since a Jan. 12, 2008 against USC.
But Pondexter only made the riddle surrounding him more difficult to figure out. How can a guy who plays this well go scoreless against Portland in the opener and average a little more than 5 points in the past three games.
Here’s some Pondexter quotes from the UW: “I was really down on myself. I was really trying to find my way with the team. I wanted to fit in. I have no goals except to win. So I was trying to figure out what was the best way to help my team win. It’s early. You can’t write me off yet.”
He also talked about his newfound ritual of practicing after games.
“I’m in the gym all the time. At 2 o’clock in the morning, I call our manager all the time and go and work out. I’m going to do it again today. I am just trying to do my part to help out team win games and that is all I care about.”
Coincidently, as I write this Pondexter is walking down the stairs with several football players including Fred Wiggs. It looks as if they’re either coming from a pickup game or going to a pick up game.
Say what you will about Pondexter, he has an extraordinary work ethic. It just hasn’t translated to consistent top notch performances on the court.
As for the rest, Dentmon was the unsung hero. He deserves props for his patience. He’s quick enough to create his own shot and could have jacked up several long-range shots, but he didn’t. He played within the offense and sank 5 of 9 shots.
Dentmon also collected two steals and is one shy of tying Bobby Jones for fourth place on the school’s all-time list. Dentmon is seven behind third place Nate Robinson.
This was a learning game for Isaiah Thomas, who finished with 9 points on 4-for-11 shooting, six rebounds, four assists and five turnovers. At times, he was simply moving too fast.
In the overlooked department, Matthew Bryan-Amaning is coming along nicely. He played 16 minutes today in just his third game back from a nasty leg injury. He played 14 minutes and 10 in the two previous games. MBA finished with seven points on 3-for-4 shooting and at times looked dominant in the paint.
A few words about the 19 turnovers and 12-for-24 FTs. Well nothing has changed here. This team is careless with the ball at times, but their transition defense was so good it made amends for the miscues. UW allowed just two fastbreak points and 14 points off of turnovers.
Also the the UW dominated the glass, outrebounding Pacific 46-20. Washington had 12 second-chance points from 22 offensive rebounds.



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