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December 7, 2008 at 12:01 AM

Postgame notes and quotes

It’s difficult finding fault with the Huskies after their 88-52 win over Texas Southern, but coach Lorenzo Romar tried his best. To start his postgame press conference, he praised Quincy Pondexter and Matthew Bryan-Amaning before hammering the UW for allowing too many second-half rebounds and giving up too many turnovers.
The UW had 16 TOs and by Romar’s estimate, it should have had only eight.
That’s not a putdown on the Tigers. However, the Dawgs admitted it was difficult getting motivated for the game.
“We knew they weren’t a good team all around, but we wanted to focus on our defense and our principles to get the job done,” forward Darnell Gant said. “With a team like that it’s almost just like practice. The coaches tell you what to do and you get to work on it in the game since they are such a lower team.”
Said Jon Brockman: “What we can take away from tonight is we haven’t, this year, gotten a lead and been able to keep increasing that lead throughout the game. It wavered a little bit at the end, but for the most part … we just added to our lead and I think that’s a key we can take away from the game tonight.”
Bryan-Amaning, who had a career-high 18 points in 17 minutes, and Brockman, who tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds, were the stars of the game. Still, Pondexter was quietly impressive racking up eight assists and 13 rebounds on 5-for-10 shooting.
Not sure if Washington can play the type of aggressive game that forced TSU into 24 turnovers against Pac-10 schools. And the Huskies won’t have this kind of height advantage or dominate the glass 36-27.
It’s difficult to determine how much the UW has improved during its three-game winning streak against inferior opponents. If nothing else, their confidence is soaring and Romar would no doubt like to see a few more reserves (i.e. Elston Turner) have games like MBA did tonight.
Aside from breakout performances, Brockman said the team is thinking about the Jan. 3 game against Washington State as it is playing these nonconference games.
“There’s a few things that we’re still doing that if we try to do against Washington State there’s no way we’re going to get away with it, and they’re just gonna capitalize on every single error that we make,” Brockman said. “And it’s going to be blatantly obvious, so we’d rather clean some stuff up and that’s what we can use these next few games for.”
Brockman mentioned turnovers.
“Every single time we turn it over against a team like Washington State they are going to come down, work it for 35 seconds, make you tired on defense and then get a great shot,” he said.
Gant mentioned the need to be creative with the Inside-out play. He said the team has to work on quick ball reversals and not rely so much on simply throwing into the post.
The Huskies have an off week and return to the court Dec. 14 against Portland State.

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