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December 23, 2004

Staying focused

Posted by at 11:19 AM

Frankly, I don’t know how they did it. After playing and beating one of the best teams in the country on Sunday, how do you get up to play one of the worst teams in the country on Wednesday? Where is the motivation? Wherever it was, the Huskies found enough motivation to absolutely humiliate Sacred Heart, 114-53. I believe we owe a big hand to Mr. Lorenzo Romar.

Not only did Romar have his team focused, he had them fired up to play. After a sloppy beginning, the Huskies put together a 24-0 run in the first half and a 21-0 run in the second half. They scored inside on dunks and post moves. They shot threes. Eight players scored in double figures. They forced 34 turnovers, and had 30 assists. The Huskies were so focused that they allowed only 22 points in the second half. Usually in these types of games, bench players occupy most of the second-half minutes and the score gets closer. Not last night.

This is another example of how right Lorenzo Romar is for this job. His kids love him. They believe in him. If he says they weren’t playing hard enough on defense, they go out and force 34 turnovers. If he says get out and run, they turn the game into a track meet. During warm ups, Lorenzo Romar gets the biggest reaction from the crowd when he comes out. He hosts taco feeds for students before games. He speaks at fraternity houses. He hands out pizza to students waiting to get into games. At a school with a long romantic involvement with its football team, a secret affair has begun with its basketball team.

There is no other way to say this. Lorenzo Romar coaches the right way. He doesn’t let his players showboat (too much). He makes them dress the same. If one guy has a headband, they all have to wear one. If one guy has long hair, he has to cut it or everybody has to have long hair. It all goes back to having a team atmosphere. Romar turned the Doug Wrenn “everybody-for-themselves” Huskies from two years ago into the Lorenzo Romar-led Husky team you have today. Which one do you enjoy watching?

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