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December 16, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Who says Huskies can’t shoot free throws?

An alert reader, uh, alerted me tonight to the Portland-Sacramento game, featuring former Huskies Brandon Roy and Spencer Hawes, and their amazing lines from the line.
Roy hit all 15 free throws he attempted tonight while Hawes was 6-6, a combined 21-21 for the two ex-Dawgs in one game, leading the reader to ask whether UW coach Lorenzo Romar ought to ask them to come back and teach the current team how to shoot free throws. The reader even mention that another ex-Husky, Nate Robinson, went 12-12 on free throws in scoring 33 points against the Lakers, meaning the three former Dawgs currently playing in the NBA went a combined 33-33 from the line in one night.
Roy is now shooting 82 percent for the season from the line, Robinson 76.9 percent and Hawes 72 percent. Of course, each was also a first-round pick.
That the reader bothered to send me the note, however, is evidence that UW’s free throw shooting problems of a year ago haven’t exactly cleared up.
UW was last in the nation a year ago at 58.6 percent. Through nine games this year, UW is a little better but not much at 61.5 percent, which ranks 292nd out of 330 teams. However, UW isn’t last in the Pac-10 — UCLA is worse at 59.8 percent, a year after shooting 73.2 percent, indicating again that there’s no secret formula to any of this.
For the Huskies, however, it remains a worrisome trend as only two players are shooting as much as 66.7 percent from the line — Elston Turner is 5-6 to lead the team at 83.3 while Justin Dentmon is next at 76.9 percent, hitting 20-26.
Jon Brockman, despite a well-documented off-season practice regimen, is hitting 51.1 percent, 24-47, Quincy Pondexter is at 58.3 (14-24) and Isaiah Thomas at 66.7 (32-48). Matthew Bryan-Amaning is at 55.6 percent (10-18), buoyed by going 7-10 against Portland State.
Romar said he’s confident Thomas’ numbers will improve as he gets more comfortable, and he was heartened by the display of MBA on Sunday. But the others are veterans who at this stage in their careers may simply be what they are from the line.
Interestingly, however, the Huskies aren’t yet at a deficit in the free throw department — their opponents are shooting a mere 58.2 percent from the line this season. That’s helped by the fact that UW has played Texas Southern, the worst-shooting team from the line in the nation at 51.4 percent. Texas Southern was 4-16 at the line against UW a couple weeks ago.

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