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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 3, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Post-game notes

First let’s start with the important stuff.
After falling hard and suffering bruised ribs Quincy Pondexter should be available Saturday. That’s what he said, that’s what his teammates believe and that’s what his coach expects.
Still, Lorenzo Romar gave one caveat during his post-game interview.
“With injuries like that, you don’t know until the next morning unless you get an X-ray,” he said. “The next morning, you could wake up and feel fine or you could be stiff and can’t move. But you don’t know until the morning.”
Sounds like Romar is being cautious with the junior forward. After the game, Pondexter walked slowly and hunched over like an 85-year-old man. His teammates regaled his acrobatic play in which he sailed through the air and tipped in a pass before falling over SU guard Chris Gweth.
Said Jon Brockman: “My heart stopped a little bit and then I realized what it was. Well, I still don’t know what is wrong with him. But they came back and made sure to tell us he was alright.
“You can’t help but think worst-case scenario. Even an ankle at this time of year, he could be gonzo. He could be gone. I think all of us, everyone in the arean except for some Seattle U. fans, I think their hearts kind of stopped a little bit. Thank goodness he was alright. He’ll be ready to go on Saturday.”
Some quick observations
— It’s difficult to draw any meaningful insight from a game like this against an inferior opponent. The starters were simply efficient and did what they needed to do so.
Venoy Overton swiped five steals to raise his season total to 42. He had 45 as a freshman. Overton could challenge for the UW career steals record. Jamie Booker set the mark with 195.
— More on Overton. Tonight was just the second game he didn’t commit a turnover, which makes his five assists and nine points look even better.
— Correction from the game thread. This was not the first time this season every Husky has scored in a game. It happened against Eastern Washington.
— It’s nice to see Matthew Bryan-Amaning collect six rebounds, his most in six games, but it’s puzzling why the 6-11 center was scoreless from the field and had just two points when he was the tallest player on the court. Still it’s hard to get down on the guy because he had four assists, which offsets three turnovers.
— Beside Overton, Justin Holiday stood out among the reserves. He sometimes struggles offensively and appears hesitant, but tonight he appeared at ease creating offense for himself and playing within the flow of the game.
Now onto the Cougars. Immediately after the game, all thoughts turned to Wazzu and the hoops version of the Apple Cup. When asked about the cross-state rivalry, Romar downplayed any animosity against the Cougars.
“To me and maybe everybody else is different, the rivalry has nothing to do with it,” he said. “We have a championship at stake. If it were a non-rival, if it were a rival, the championship is at stake. And to me, that’s the bottom line.”
Justin Dentmon , Jon Brockman and Artem Wallace talked about playing their last games at Edmundson Pavilion on Saturday.
“It’s emotional,” Dentmon said. “But at the same time, it’s a chance to make history, the first Washington team to win outright. On the other hand, we have to come focused. Get the senior night out of the way and just get ready to play.”
The Huskies will not practice Wednesday, with players reporting for treatment and weight lifting. The team is expected to return to the court Thursday and Friday for practice.

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