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January 25, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Lorenzo Romar on road losses: “I put that totally on me.”

As you might guess, most of the talk before today’s practice was about tomorrow’s game against Seattle University and its two former Huskies, Redhawks coach Cameron Dollar and star forward Charles Garcia.
In Garcia’s case, he never officially enrolled at Washington, but he was a UW recruit until the school denied his admission.
There was also lengthy discussion on the Huskies 0-6 road record and a admission of culpability from coach Lorenzo Romar.
“We’ve not played well enough on the road,” he said. “I put that totally on me. We got to give ourselves a chance on the road and we haven’t for the most part done that.”
Romar said it’s unfair to blame UW’s stars Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas for losses at Texas Tech, Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, USC and against Georgetown.
“If we’re making the same mistakes defensively on the road that we aren’t necessarily making offensively, I got to make sure we don’t make those same mistakes,” he said. “I don’t think it’s fair to put it on one player, two players. If a guy, Quincy goes 1 for 10 and Isaiah doesn’t score that much, that has nothing to do with our defensive breakdowns.
“We got to be more solid when we play on the road and take care of those mistakes on the defensive end. The way we play sometimes, we get a little careless. It has shown up more on the road, I got to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Romar believes the Huskies (12-7, 3-5 Pac-10) can turn the season around because it played well in home wins over Stanford and Cal two weeks ago. UW plays the next four games at Hec Ed where it’s 12-1.
“What we did last weekend prior to this trip is not something that all of a sudden can be manufactured overnight,” Romar said. “It’s there. When we played Cal, I think we shot 40 percent from the field and not great from the 3-point line, but we were an efficient basketball team. … The way we played last weekend, that wasn’t just one of those nights. That was a team that was together and played up to it’s potential that night.
“So it’s there. We got to make sure that it’s there on the road on a consistent basis.”
MORE NOTES:
— Odd schedule this week because of Tuesday’s game. On Sunday, UW flew back from Los Angeles and watched film. The team is practicing now. The Huskies play tomorrow and use Wednesday as the mandatory off day sanctioned by the NCAA. UW returns to practice Thursday and Friday to prepare for Saturday’s home against WSU.
— UW will not change the starting lineup.
Tyreese Breshers played just seven minutes Saturday at USC because he’d exhorted a lot of energy Thursday. He played a season-high 22 minutes at UCLA on Thursday. Romar admitted he mistimed Breshers recovery from leg injuries. Romar thought Breshers would be fully healed by now, but Breshers can only practice fully twice a week, which has stunted his development.
— The Redhawks will wear throwback jerseys from the 1950s-60s era. The players are also wearing different numbers and will don jerseys of a SU legend. For instance, Garcia will wear Elgin Baylor’s No. 22 and Cervante Burrell will wear No. 3 in honor or Ed O’Brien.

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