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November 23, 2005

Odds and ends

Posted by Bob Condotta at 11:08 PM

Some odds and ends heading into UW's game with Loyola-Marymount on Friday afternoon:

The Lions won't be picked by anyone to beat the Huskies, but UW players aren't likely to take this game lightly.

The veterans remember last year's game in Los Angeles, a 100-93 Huskies victory that was about as tight as the score indicates. It was tied 46-46 at halftime, and the Huskies had to hit six three-pointers in the second half to pull away.

Brandon Roy was injured at the time and didn't make the trip, but remembers watching the game on TV.

'They were scrappy and caught us on a day we were pretty down, and we didn't play very much defense," Roy said.

Guard Brandon Worthy, who scored 18 points to lead LMU, is back, as is center Matthew Knight, who had 11 points and seven rebounds against UW a year ago.

Wondering what the Huskies will do on Turkey Day?

The team will practice in the morning. Then, players are invited to Lorenzo Romar's house if they don't have somewhere else to go.

Many do. Bobby Jones said he planned to have dinner with Mike Jensen's family. Joel Smith said his uncle is in town, and he might also go to a teammate's house.

'We always make sure they have somewhere to go," Romar said.

Romar was asked if he worried about players having a big meal and then having to play the next day.

'You guys bring up stuff I never even think about," he said with a laugh.

Speaking of Smith, he might have had UW's highlight reel play of the season with his soaring dunk over an Idaho defender in the second half.

The play occurred on a two-on-one break, and Smith leaped from at least five feet away from the right side of the key. Smith said he had decided to dunk once he got the pass and that he could tell that the defender 'didn't really know what to do."

"Once he committed, I had already committed what I was going to do so I just took off. He tried to take the charge and he didn't get it. Once he came up in front of me, I just jumped as far as I can. I've jumped that far before so it's not like I was scared to do it or something. I didn't really think about it. I just did it."

Romar confirmed what seemed obvious watching the Idaho game he has begun to shorten the rotation just a bit. The team's starters all played 11 minutes or more in the first half, with Roy playing 17 and Justin Dentmon 14. Smith, Ryan Appleby, Artem Wallace and Hans Gasser were the reserves who played in the first half with Brandon Burmeister not seeing action until the second half.

'I think we are settling on a rotation," Romar said. 'You look at the rotation in the first half and we weren't as liberal with our subs. When we got up 30, we became a little more liberal. But in the first half, our rotations were a little tighter than they have been."