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Archives: Dec. 2009


UW ends pre-league play vs. USF at noon

Here’s our preview story of today’s game … which really does the one thing the Huskies can’t do: Look ahead to conference play.

After a couple of days off for Christmas, the Huskies returned to practice Saturday evening. And that holiday break gives coach Lorenzo Romar a little something extra to worry about.

It’s going to be interesting after a couple of days off having to practice late tonight and having to come right back at 12 o’clock (Sunday). We’ll see how we do.”

Sunday’s opponent will be the San Francisco Dons. It’s the first meeting of the two

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Good wishes for Roland impress Romar

UW has put out this information for anyone wanting to send get-well wishes to Derrick Roland, the Texas A&M Aggie injured last night at Hec Ed:

Following last night’s unfortunate injury to Texas A&M guard Derrick Roland, the University of Washington basketball office has received numerous requests from Husky fans wanting to express their well-wishes to the Aggie senior.

People wanting to send cards, letters or other correspondence to Roland can do so by regular mail to:

Texas A&M University
Men’s Basketball Office
PO Box 30017
College Station, TX 77842-3017

Or via overnight mail to:

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Injured player’s surgery ‘went well’

ESPN’s Andy Katz is passing along reports from Texas A&M that surgery went well last night for senior Derrick Roland, who broke two bones in his right leg last night in the Aggies loss at UW.

“It went well and he is doing well,” A&M coach Mark Turgeon said in a text message, adding: “Tough kid.”

Here’s the full report.


Texas A&M assistant talks about Roland injury

Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon went to Harborview Medical Center immediately after the game tonight to be with Derrick Roland, the Aggies’ guard who was undergoing surgery for a broken fibula and tibia suffered in UW’s 73-64 win. (See post below.)

However, assistant head coach Scott Spinelli briefed the media on what was going on with his player and his team.

“We know he’s stable,” Spinelli said. “They’re going to take him into surgery tonight. He has a compound fracture. The bone was actually protruding from the skin. It was a full tibia fibula break. Hopefully surgery goes

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Injury mars 73-64 UW win over Texas A&M

Injury update: We have gotten word that Derrick Roland was undergoing surgery Tuesday night at Harborview Medical Center for a broken fibula and tibia in his right leg.

And UW coach Lorenzo Romar’s opening statement to the media:

“You just feel for him. It’s hard for his teammates. How do you respond to that? It’s a tough deal. That kid’s a senior. He’s going through all this, and when you’re a senior, this is (your) last year, and (you want) to get the most of this and something like this happens. … It’s sad to see something like that.”

And here’s our game story.

team-logo-tamteam-logo-washNaturally, the Huskies were happy to get their 73-64 win over the Aggies. It was a pairing of ranked teams, it broke their eight-game losing streak against ranked non-conference opponents, and it gave the Pac-10 a third win in this season’s 12-game Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

But, of course, with Derrick Roland’s broken lower leg served as a gruesome turning point — the Huskies led by a point when Roland crumpled beneath the east-end basket — and everyone seemed somber about that.

“We knew either they were going to come out and fight as hard as they can or have heavy hearts,” UW captain Quincy Pondexter said. “After that they didn’t play to their capabilities because their mind was somewhere else. It was hard to see something like that happen and I pray to God it never happens to someone on our team like that. I pray to God for that team and I hope they bounce back.”

“That was gruesome,” Washington forward Darnell Gant said. “I was right there when he went down, but I didn’t see it until they said, ‘Is there a doctor? Somebody get a doctor.’ I looked and saw his leg. It was a bad sight to see. … I heard him fall. He didn’t make any noise like screaming or anything so we just kept going.”

Pondexter led all scorers with 25 points. Venoy Overton added 12, and Isaiah Thomas came on to add nine points — all in the second half.

Guard B.J. Holmes led Texas A&M (8-3) with 17 points, and guard Donald Sloan had 16. Roland had four points, one rebound and one assist.

The Huskies (8-2) will return to practice today, then take Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off. They return to action at noon Sunday when San Francisco visits. That will be UW’s final game before starting conference play against Oregon State on Dec. 31.

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Early look at tonight’s game

Here’s our preview story looking forward to No. 19 Texas A&M, which visits UW at 8 p.m. and on FSN.

Here’s a quote from UW coach Lorenzo Romar:

“The thing about A&M is when we played them at Madison Square Garden a couple of years ago, they had some good inside players but their two guards (Donald Sloan and Derrick Romand) I thought really took care of their team in that game and they made big plays and hit big shots. And they were sophomores. Now they’re seniors, along with Dash Harris their other guard, and they’ve got their 5-11 guard B.J. (Holmes) coming off the bench. Their perimeter is really good, and they can shoot the ball and they’re quick. We’ve got to be really able to defend those guys.

“… It won’t be a walk-it-up game, I don’t think.”

And the TNT’s quick scouting report:
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