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Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta provides a running commentary on the Huskies. E-mail Bob.

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December 30, 2005

Rough and tumble

Posted by Bob Condotta at 11:16 AM

What an interesting beginning to the Pac-10 season for the Huskies.

They beat Arizona State by 24 points yet it felt like a nail-biter the way the teams were pushing and shoving each other all night long. But these two teams have a history of doing that and UW coaches and players said they expected that coming in.

"That was a typical Washington-Arizona State basketball game,'' said UW coach Lorenzo Romar.

What wasn't typical was this - 35 points from Brandon Roy and just three turnovers from the Huskies.

That turnover number is completely unbelievable, especially from those of us who remember when Bob Bender's teams would lose that many in half-a-minute.

That just adds more evidence to the growing theory that Justin Dentmon will be one of the top point guards in the conference real soon, if he isn't already.

Roy's scoring was surprising only in that he did it in large part by hitting five three-pointers in five attempts.
I've taken a few e-mails from readers of this site suggesting that Roy's big weakness is that he can't shoot.
Certainly the evidence -- he was 5-of-17 from three coming in and 14-of-57 (24.6 percent) for his career before this year -- helped lend credence to that theory.

But everyone out here has insisted that he can shoot a lot better than the numbers and the ASU game he showed it. Roy said he knew ASU would likely play a defense that would leave the three-pointer available, and he decided to take advantage.

He laughed that he heard ASU coach Rob Evans yell "shooter, shooter'' at him a few times.

"I thought that was kind of cool,'' he said.

Certainly, we'll really know a lot more about where this team is headed after Saturday's Arizona game.

But I don't think anybody could have taken anything but good omens away from this one.

INJURY UPDATES

Jon Brockman took an elbow to the cheek bone in the second half and was briefly knocked out and suffered a concussion and didn't return. He said afterward he didn't remember the play.

He will be reexamined Friday to determine if he can play but Romar said he "anticipates'' that Brockman will be able to go.

On another front, Bobby Jones said he continues to struggle a bit with the ankle injury he suffered in the New Mexico game and that he likely won't be 100 percent healthy the rest of the season since what he really needs is some rest.

Jones said he wore a brace on the ankle against ASU, the first time he has tried that all season, but that he still felt some pain at times.

"I've just got to play through it,'' he said.

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