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January 15, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Oregon post-game

Well, sorry for the confusion on the Jon Brockman rebound record.
All of us in the Seattle media corps on press row — which here is located above the first section of seats behind the UW bench — thought he didn’t get it until the final minute.
Instead, he officially recorded it with 11:17 left. The confusion arose from an offensive rebound credited to Brockman with 17:19 left on a missed three-pointer by Isaiah Thomas. The official stats show UW credited with four rebounds in a span of three seconds in that sequence — one each by Justin Dentmon, Brockman and Quincy Pondexter, as well as one “team” rebound. So basically we weren’t sure they had credited one to Brockman in all that activity, and being removed from press row on the court — where Bob Rondeau was — no one told us otherwise (I was also watching the game stats on ESPN which showed him with the same number we all had him marked down for).
Ultimately, however, what’s most important is that the Huskies came away with a win over the Ducks, an 84-67 victory that is their widest margin of victory here since 1984, a season UW advanced to the Sweet 16.
And it came surprisingly easy as the bigger and more experienced Huskies simply wore down the Ducks in the second half, gradually building on a three-point halftime lead to win going away.
“I was proud of our guys, the way we battled, especially in the second half,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
And as the Huskies pulled away, an unsually quiet Mac Court grew even more somber.
Veteran UW players had regaled some of their younger teammates all week with stories of how intense a building this can be. But with Oregon in a freefall to the bottom of the Pac-10 standings, it was a less than capacity crowd that met the Huskies (officially, 8,237, about a 1,000 shy of a sellout) and never at fever pitch.
“I was hyped up to see what they’ve got,” said Thomas. “They didn’t really have anything.”
And neither did the Ducks after the first five minutes. Oregon led by five a couple times early, but once UW got control, it never gave it up, showing it can hold on to a lead, in contrast to Saturday’s late collapse that led to a triple-overtime loss to Cal.
There had been a lot of talk about how UW would rebound from that game, but there was no need for worry as the Huskies gradually pulled away.
“Losing like that is horrible and bad, but stuff happens and we just had to bounce back,” Thomas said.
Romar said he never worried after the first minutes of Monday’s practice.
“I saw everyone joking around and having a good time,” he said of when he knew his team was past the Cal loss. “And when practice began, guys were focused and ready to go. Guys weren’t down.”
Oregon outrebounded UW 23-16 in the first half in the only real note of concern for UW in this one. But the Huskies came back to finish with a 44-38 rebounding edge in dominating the second half.
The Huskies also showed again a propensity for hitting three-pointers when they have to. UW has ranked near the bottom in three-pointers all yearm but hit 6-15 against Oregon, all six coming from Thomas (23 points) and Dentmon (22), who far outclassed Oregon’s backcourt all night.
Also a standout tonight was Pondexter, with 15 points and nine rebounds, hitting 7-9 shots, most in transition, when he tends to be at his best. Brockman had 10 and 10 and said later he wasn’t real happy with his play (he also hit just 2-5 free throws).
But any win at Oregon is a good one, so there should be little to complain about tonight.
ROMAR ON SEATTLE U. GAME — Romar also talked a little later of how the game with Seattle U. came to be.
“When the Lehigh game (was postponed), when we realized that might not happen, we contacted them (Seattle) to see if they could do it,” he said. “It took a little while to work through the logistics but we got it done.”
Romar said the motivation for rescheduling the game was simple — “We wanted to play another game.”
Since Seattle U is working its way back to D-I status, it won’t count toward UW’s RPI. But it would count as a win if the Huskies can get it, which could be important for Washington’s post-season hopes, which loom brighter after tonight’s conquest of the Ducks.

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