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

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November 29, 2006

Idaho aftermath

Posted by Bob Condotta at 11:37 PM

Sorry for the late post here, but this was a night to get out of there fast with the snow falling as the game ended. Credit to those who managed to get there tonight.

As for the game, it was another one that indicates this team still has a ways to go.

But Lorenzo Romar seemed to have few real complaints, other than some slight consternation over some offensive impatience in the first half when UW was 14-42 shooting.

Romar said he knew Idaho would slow the game down and that "when that happens maybe you aren't going to get a whole lot of highlights. I was surprised that we were able to score 87 points.''

He had lots of praise for Quincy Pondexter and his career-high 25 points, said he liked the new starting lineup with Adrian Oliver, and also liked the bench play of Hans Gasser, Ryan Appleby and Brandon Burmeister. He also mentioned the play of Phil Nelson, who looked his most assertive to date with four rebounds, two assists and five points in 13 minutes, though he did hit just 2-7 shots.

As for the ongoing Spencer Hawes debate, it's worth noting he only played 22 minutes --- as some on here have mentioned, the Huskies are really passing around the playing time right now. I'm reminded a little of the chatter a year ago when Brandon Roy wasn't putting up big numbers early when he wasn't needed to play big minutes. I think we'll really know more about where Hawes is after the Gonzaga and LSU games when he will be expected to play 30-plus minutes and produce for all of them.

Idaho coach George Pfeifer was asked to compare the Huskies and Gonzaga --- Idaho lost to GU 76-51 Sunday. He laughed and said his team wasn't really a suitable "test animal.'' But then he said what seems obvious --- that Gonzaga is more experienced while the Huskies "might be a bit quicker. They are completely different teams. They each have different strengths that make them difficult to compare.''


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