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Archives: Dec. 2006

Dec.
31st

Final: UCLA 96, UW 74

Despite opening Pac-10 play with a close loss at USC and this blowout loss at UCLA, the Huskies’ confidence doesn’t seem shaken.


They admitted to too many turnovers and not enough focused effort, but seem unintimidated by the prospect of facing Arizona next.


Some notes:


Star of the game: UCLA junior guard Arron Afflalo tied his career high with 27 points while hitting 11 of 15 shots. He also had a career-high eight assists.

Key stats: Washington committed 22 turnovers, which UCLA turned into 34 points. … UCLA hit a season high 59.7 percent from the

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Dec.
31st

Halftime: UCLA 47, UW 33

The Huskies fell behind 8-0 almost instantly and have never led. The main problem has been turnovers: 13 by the Huskies that have been turned into 18 Bruins points.


The other big problem is UCLA guard Arron Afflalo, who has 20 points at halftime.


Spencer Hawes is carrying UW with 12 points.

Dec.
31st

UW at UCLA

This LA crowd is living up to its reputation as late-arriving. I believe this game is sold out, but the place isn’t half full 15 minutes till tip.


However, most of the student section is settled in and they seem into it: chanting for their guys and booing the Huskies heartily.


I plan to follow our usual plan, with a game update at halftime and after it goes final.


And a reminder: The game is on FSN.

Dec.
30th

Romar’s “Hoosiers” moment

The most memorable moment from the Huskies’ conference opening loss to Southern California came at the end of the first overtime. UW was down by three with about one second left.


The obvious play would be to screen for Ryan Appleby – the three-point ace with the hot hand – to take the final shot. But coach Lorenzo Romar went in another direction, calling the play for his 7-foot freshman, who nailed the shot.


Romar explains his thinking: “We kind of felt that if Appleby was on the floor, and even Hans – if those guys were

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Dec.
30th

Romar calm about disparity in foul shots

USC — the home team — took 38 four shots to Washington’s 12 in the Huskies double-overtime loss on Thursday.


However, UW coach Lorenzo Romar took the disparity in stride Friday, writing it off as part of life on the road. “For whatever reason, on the road that happens a lot,” he said.

Dec.
29th

Huskies practice in Pauley

The Huskies practiced today at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, seeming in as good a spirits as could be expected, considering their tough loss yesterday at USC.


The players seemed to take the loss in stride mentally. Physically, Spencer Hawes admitted he had never played 47 minutes in a game before.


However, foul trouble forced four Huskies to the bench early, and at least that had the benefit of keeping their minutes down. After Hawes, Ryan Appleby played the most minutes — 37 — and Adrian Oliver (32) was the only other Husky to play more than 30 minutes.


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Dec.
28th

Final: USC 86, UW 79

Star of the game: Southern California freshman Taj Gibson notched his league-leading seventh double-double of the season, with 22 points and 10 rebounds.


Key stats: Four Huskies fouled out in 50 minutes, whereas a total of five Huskies had fouled out over UW’s first 11 games. … Washington still hasn’t been outrebounded this season, but USC kept the margin close: 39-38. … The Huskies committed 20 turnovers to USC’s 11.


Key run: Three-pointers by Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young pushed the Trojans ahead early in the second overtime and restored their confidence after a shocking end to the

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