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January 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Bennett on Forrest and the Huskies

WSU coach Tony Bennett said today he is not planning any disciplinary action against Cougars forward Caleb Forrest for hitting Darnell Gant in the back of the head in Saturday’s game in Pullman.
Bennett said Forrest “just lost his head” and said that he immediately talked to the senior forward and noted that Forrest then quickly apologized to Romar and Gant.
“There was some back and forth between Caleb and (Gant) and then Caleb lost his composure and then Caleb apologized immediately afterward to Gant and to Coach Romar after the game,” Bennett said.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said on Monday that the Huskies accepted Forrest’s apology and he considered it a non-issue, saying “let’s move on.”
Bennett, speaking on the weekly Pac-10 coaches teleconference, also he thinks the Huskies are noticeably better this season.
“I think they are an improved team from what I saw,” said Bennett, whose team lost to UW 68-48 Saturday. “I really do. We are obviously not what we were, but Washington is a good ballclub. They are quick and they are sound. You can just see how tough-minded they were to not crack and not fold in that game against us — we were the ones that cracked when it got to that point. They made the plays and were tough-minded.
“They are even better because of their athleticism. And on the glass, too. That kind of goes hand-in-hand and they have always been good (rebounding) but now it’s not just Jon Brockman because they’ve got some other high-level athletes.”
Bennett also said he thought Quincy Pondexter played as well as he’s ever seen him saying he agreed with other assessments that he is UW’s “X-factor.”
“I believe they are a better ball club,” Bennett said. “Time will tell.”

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