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December 24, 2005

Ready for some real action

Posted by Bob Condotta at 7:55 AM

If you're like me, you're ready to see the Huskies take on some real opposition.

Judging by the way the Huskies played Friday night in beating Lehigh 54-37, they're ready for some as well.

The Huskies looked like they were sleepwalking at times and it's kind of hard to blame them. They've had a lot of games against teams like this and have generally come out and played as if they were facing Arizona.

UW coach Lorenzo Romar said he didn't think his team intentionally overlooked Lehigh but acknowledged it might have been hard to get up for this one.

"I think our guys have looked forward to playing in the Pac-10 season for a couple of weeks now," Romar said. "I don't think our guys overlooked Lehigh but our guys are excited to play in the Pac-10 season and I think they are waiting for that."

Jamaal Williams said it was a little tough getting up for Lehigh.

"It's been a long preseason and I think guys are ready for a little break," he said. "It's not much of a break, we get two days and then we're back at it again. But that will be good for us to get rested and then start up fresh next week."

The Huskies will finally open Pac-10 play Thursday against Arizona State.

That said, this game showed UW still has some work to do.

Lehigh packed it in defensively and forced the Huskies to take a lot of jumpers and UW didn't convert too well, making just 4 of 16 three-pointers.

It showed again that the Huskies might end up missing Tre Simmons an awful lot come conference time. The Huskies are shooting just 34.9 percent on three-pointers for the season. That ranks fifth in the Pac-10, which isn't bad, but is off last season's average of 38.4 percent and has been padded by a lot of blowouts.

Ryan Appleby is shooting 43 percent on threes but no one else is better than Bobby Jones' 31.6 percent.

Bone picking

Ken Bone, a former Seattle Pacific head coach and a UW assistant the past three years before becoming the head coach at Portland State, watched the game from behind the Huskies bench. It was the first time he had seen the Huskies in person this season.

Bone said the Huskies look deeper, especially up front, than they did when he was an assistant.

"They've really got a lot of weapons there," Bone said.

Portland State is 5-6 and plays at Oregon on Tuesday.

"I think we're doing about as well as could be expected," he said, noting that three of the team's losses are to Iowa State, Arkansas and Gonzaga.

Notes

The team will have the next two days off for Christmas before returning for practice Monday night. Redshirts Joe Wolfinger and Harvey Perry were allowed to miss the Lehigh game for some extra time at home.

Jones said his ankle is about 85 percent and should be close to 100 percent by the time the ASU game tips off.

We're taking the holiday break off as well so there probably won't be anything new on here until Tuesday. But then we'll get serious again with Pac-10 play finally kicking off.

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