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February 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Washington moving past Oregon debacle

Sweat dripped from Darnell Gant’s smiling face as he walked off the court at Gill Coliseum this afternoon. It wasn’t the practice that made him exhausted. It was the impromptu post-practice workout with Washington’s big men that left him breathless.
While coach Lorenzo Romar conducted interviews on the sideline, most of Washington’s post players took it upon themselves to organize a competition in which they competed against each other in one-on-on moves beneath the basket.
It was a tough, physical drill. Players called their own fouls and officiated for each other. There were plenty of disputes, a few nice offensive displays and lots of laughter and joking.
Players called the drill ‘Big Man’s Battles’ and Gant said they do it whenever they have time. He said the competition allows them to blow off steam in a way that’s different than practice.
Tony Wroten Jr. watched from the side and said freshman Jernard Jarreau often wins the competition because he’s able to score on a “Dirk Nowitzki fadaway.” Wroten said it’s hard to stop a 6-10 forward who can shoot like that.
Not sure who won today’s drill, but Gant implied the biggest winner was team morale.
“This keeps everybody loose and feeling good about basketball and being together,” he said.
Talked to Romar about Thursday’s 82-57 defeat at Oregon. Normally the Huskies review every game and break down the video as a learning tool. This time, Romar didn’t show players a single clip from the blowout because he wanted to send a message.
“It’s over. Let’s move on,” he said. “We got to move on. At this point we have to make sure our guy’s understand we’re tied for first place with six games to go. This game didn’t mean that we’re in last place. The sky is not falling. We’re still tied for first place. Let’s move on and finish the right way. That’s what we’re trying to get across to our team.”
Still Romar reviewed the Oregon video and watching the video didn’t change his initial impression. He said it would have been difficult for any team to beat the Ducks the way they were playing Thursday, but was disappointed the Huskies didn’t give a better effort and respond after the initial flurry.
Romar noted Wroten made an impact with a few steals and commended Desmond Simmons. Otherwise, there were few positives for Washington.
Romar said Oregon State is dangerous because they create turnovers and turn those miscues into points. “Once they get it, I guarantee you in three seconds at they’re at the rim,” he said.
When asked his best memories at Gill Coliseum, Romar named four:
Nate Robinson’s shot that forced overtime and led to a 103-99 win on Jan. 15, 2004.
— The pre-game altercation that prompted a big day from Ryan Appleby in Washington’s 97-59 win on Feb. 16, 2008.
— Romar had a nice game here as a player with Athletes in Action.
— And he was benched because he couldn’t defend Mark Radford and Ray Blume.

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