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December 28, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Montana post-game

A few notes and quotes following Washington’s 75-53 win over Montana here today:
Jon Brockman said his thumb injury wasn’t quite as dramatic as originally portrayed. Instead of using a hunting knife to open a package that contained a hatchet, he said he actually used a regular pocket knife opening a present for a nephew. Apparently the knife slipped and open a cut that required three stitches to close. But he said the only real problem is that the cut is so new he was worried about getting blood on his uniform — which calls for a stoppage of play. He said the cut, which happend Christmas night, affected his grip of the ball just a little bit but he doesn’t see it being a long-term problem.
— The general take of UW coach Lorenzo Romar is that the Huskies played “very, very good” in the first half and “not good” in the second half. He said he thought the team lost focus a bit with the big lead and started trying to make highlight plays. He said he thought the team was getting better at playing a full 40 so he’s hoping it will get that back on Tuesday against Morgan State.
— In one interesting coaching decision, Romar left Isaiah Thomas in the game when he picked up his fourth foul in the first minute of the second half. Romar said he wanted let Thomas “play through it” and see how he would respond. He also said he felt confident in the way Venoy Overton was playing so he wasn’t too worried if Thomas did foul out. Thomas never did pick up his fifth foul and played 11 minutes in the second half, scoring 11 points after getting his fourth foul.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning set a career-high with 15 rebounds and now has 61 points in his last four games, an average of 15.25.
— Romar said it was no coincidence that it was a lineup including a lot of reserves that keyed the 23-0 first-half run. “That second group really, really tries to play right,” he said. “That group shares the ball better than the first group. The first group has a lot of scorers in that group, they are all good at scoring. The second group comes in and shares the ball, but they also come in — Justin Holiday, Venoy Overton — play really scrappy defense. … Those guys come in they play really well together.”
— Overton had one of his better games with 10 points and four steals, but memorably missed two dunks in the span of about 10 seconds in the second half. Overton had two dunks in the first half and said he wanted to add to it but the ball slipped out of his hands. He said when he got the ball back, he wanted to make up for it but had tired legs and couldn’t get up as far as he needed. Overton said he knows the coaches will want him in the future to take the sure basket though he said that won’t dissuade him from dunking again.
Tyreese Breshers again sat out and appears headed to a redshirt year. Still, Romar said no official decision will be made until the WSU game Saturday. Breshers is still limited with the complications from the shin surgery he had in the off-season. But Romar said Breshers plays well enough when he can practice that the coaches haven’t wanted to rule him out in case he could get healthy. But it appears we’ll know for sure in a few days.
All for now.

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