During an interview with the Spokesman-Review, Washington State coach Ernie Kent expressed empathy toward Washington coach Lorenzo Romar.
Kent said: “That’s his alma mater and he has a tremendous amount of love, respect, a connection to it very similar to what I had at Oregon. But at Oregon, and I don’t know if he is feeling this, at Oregon there came a time when I felt they stopped celebrating your return and started tolerating it and that’s not a good position as a coach to be in and that’s what I felt in Eugene to where you’ve given so much of your life and your energy to build a program.
“You build this monster and then you’ve got to continue to feed it and people have to realize where those two programs were and where they’ve gone to and the reason for that is who’s been at the leadership and what they exemplify. And in Lorenzo’s case not only have they had outstanding recruiting success, outstanding basketball success, outstanding winning success, look at what he’s done with them in the classroom. Look at his character and the character that he wants him team to exemplify. That’s very difficult to do in this age of college athletics and there is a man that passed the test of time.”
Washington (14-11, 3-10 Pac-12) is riding a seven-game losing streak, which is the longest during Romar’s 13-year tenure with the Huskies.
Washington plays Washington State on Sunday.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Romar has support from UW athletic director Scott Woodward.
— Seattle native Jason Terry will have his No. 31 jersey retired at Arizona. The former Franklin High star nearly signed with the Huskies before choosing the Wildcats and helping them to a 1997 national championship. In 1999, Terry was a consensus first-team All-American and earned NCAA Player of the Year honors from CBS and Sports Illustrated.
— With former Arizona Star James Harden watching on the night the Sun Devils retired his jersey, Savon Goodman led ASU to a 68-66 win over UCLA at Wells Fargo Arena. He hit all eight of his shots while scoring 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Tra Holder repeatedly dribbled his way through UCLA’s defense to score or set up teammates, finishing with 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds. He also had six turnovers. Arizona State (14-12, 6-7 Pac-12) rallied from an early 10-point deficit and made the big plays down the stretch to pick up a much-needed conference win.The Sun Devils did it by overpowering the Bruins, grabbing 12 more rebounds against the Pac-12’s best team on the glass and outscoring them 36-22 in the paint.
— The loss was a big blow to UCLA’s NCAA tournament hopes. Norman Powell had 16 points, and Kevon Looney and Bryce Alford added 14 each for the Bruins (16-11, 8-6).
— Joseph Young scored 23 points and Oregon held off several Colorado rallies in the second half for a 73-60 victory at Matthew Knight Arena. Dillon Brooks added 14 points for the Ducks (19-8, 9-5), who took over sole possession of third place in the conference with UCLA’s loss to Arizona State. Elgin Cook had 13 points and Dwayne Benjamin added 11 points and 13 rebounds.
— Colorado (12-13, 5-8) was outscored 35-11 in the final 16 minutes. The Buffaloes whittled a 17-point deficit down to five late in the second half, but the deficit was too big. The Buffs were led by Askia Booker with 20 points. Wesley Gordon added 14 and Josh Scott 10.
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
|USC (10-15, 2-11) at No. 7 Arizona (22-3, 10-2)||6 p.m.||Pac-12 Networks|
|No. 9 Utah (20-4, 10-2) at Oregon State (16-9, 7-6)||8 p.m.||Pac-12 Networks|
— And here’s a look at the Pac-12 standings.
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|No. 7 Arizona||10-2||22-3|
|No. 9 Utah||10-2||20-4|