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December 30, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Morgan State post-game

This wasn’t one to put in the time capsule at the Basketball Hall of Fame, that’s for sure.
But UW coach Lorenzo Romar seemed happy enough after his team’s 81-67 win here tonight over Morgan State, saying that some of the adversity — some off shooting nights, foul trouble, getting outrebounded for the first time all season — made his team have to find some alternate ways to get the W.
The Huskies found them, hitting 31-41 free throws, season highs both in percentage (75) and makes, as well as hitting 4-7 three-pointers and getting a standout game from Isaiah Thomas, who had a career-high 27 points.
Romar said later that Thomas could score similarly whenever he wanted to but it wouldn’t be best for the team. But tonight, with Jon Brockman saddled with foul trouble, the Huskies needed Thomas to score, and he did at will, getting 18 in the second half.
“He is a very good player,” said Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman, who said he helped work out Thomas at an ABCD camp a few years ago. “That was no surprise to me.”
Also a highlight tonight was the play of Venoy Overton, who had his second straight solid game with 11 points, hitting two three-pointers along the way. Romar said it’s a continuation of how Overton has played in practice of late, seemingly adjusting to his role of instant energy off the bench.
The Huskies also had a season-low 12 turnovers and forced Morgan State to shoot 39.7 percent — and as Romar said later, this is a team that did win at DePaul and played a tight game at Ole Miss.
“That was a great game for us,” Romar said of how he thinks it will prepare his team for the beginning of Pac-10 play this weekend at WSU. UW has now won seven in a row and is 9-3.
But there were some causes for concern:
— Most notable is the injury to Elston Turner. Romar said only that it is a sprained ankle and the team will know more tomorrow after a night of rest. But he looks to be out at least for the WSU game which would mean more time for Scott Suggs and Justin Holiday, neither of whom as yet have proven to be consistent three-point shooters (though Suggs comes with that label from high school).
Quincy Pondexter appears in another of his droughts, going 1-5 from the floor with four points and having scored just 11 points in the last three games, going 2-12 from the field in that span.
Justin Dentmon has also hit a little lull with 14 points in the last two games on 3-10 shooting, and five turnovers in 22 minutes tonight.
The team will be back at it early tomorrow, which is also our last chance to talk to any of them prior to the WSU game. So that means I’m getting out of here. I’ll have more tomorrow, including an update on Turner.

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