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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

February 14, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Post-game notes

Here’s the AP game story from today’s 103-84 win over Oregon.
And here’s Steve Kelley’s take on Quincy Pondexter.
Not surprisingly coach Lorenzo Romar praised Washington’s efforts in the first half and was critical of how the team finished once it captured a 26-point lead shortly after intermission. The UW managed to keep scoring, but too often they lost Tajuan Porter in traffic and he bombed away (6 for 13) from the perimeter.
Justin Dentmon shouldered most of the blame, but it was strange why Romar didn’t assign reserve Venoy Overton to Porter when he began heating up. Overton has proven to be a shutdown defender and he might have prevented the UO guard from scoring a season-high 33 points.
Washington has proven that it can score points with anybody, but the team still struggles on the defensive end. With Jon Brockman in the middle, the Huskies will always grab their share of rebounds (today they led 45-30) but they’ve been burned on the perimeter by opponents.
A few observations:
— The Huskies had their highest scoring total of the season and the 103 points were the most points they’ve scored in a Pac-10 game since their 106-73 win against Cal in 2005.
— The UW PR crew was unable to find the last time Washington had four players score at least 20 points. It’s a mystery right now. If anyone has any clue, let us know. Also, 11 players scored, which is a season high.
— Dentmon should win the Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after scoring 28 and 21 aainst the Oregon schools.
— With five conference games remaining, Isaiah Thomas might have sewn up the Freshman of the Year award. And quite frankly, it’s not a close race.
— There’s no truth to the rumor that the officiating crew earned a dollar for every foul they called. I must say 53 fouls is an awful lot of calls. Let’s just say the crew of Bruce Hicks, Jim Giron and Bob Staffen didn’t have their best day.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning just can’t catch a break. It’s obvious he’s fighting hard to establish good low-post position before the entry pass, but he either gets hammered by opponents, who would rather send him to the line than give up a dunk, or many times his layups roll out of the rim. His 1-for-6 shooting means he’s still in a scoring slump. He did managed to collect six rebounds and block two shots.
— Is it me or does Darnell Gant always get an open look at the basket from 16 feet? And he’s proven he can knock down that shot. Maybe he’s not a scoring liability after all.
— Still waiting to see the three-point prowess of Elston Turner. He was billed as a long-ball specialist, but he’s drained more than two in just four games this season.
— It was nice to see Overton play a controlled game. He committed four fouls, but had just one turnover. More importantly, he created shots for himself with his speed. Both baskets were the result of him blowing past defenders for layups.
— Tough day for Justin Holiday (three TOs), which might explain why Scott Suggs made an early appearance before garbage time. Suggs might have made a case for more playing time if he had connected on an open three in the corner.
— Former Husky Bobby Jones and former Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo chatted with Romar after the game.

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