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November 26, 2007

Long Beach post-game thoughts

Posted by Bob Condotta at 10:39 PM

Kind of a strange game here tonight as UW hit 11-19 from the three-point line but just 9-26 from the three throw line.

How to explain that? Maybe a team rather weary from the trip to New York for the NIT last week.

"Sometimes, you may not be tired but you can be mentally tired,'' said UW coach Lorenzo Romar.

Here are the game details.

Some other notes and thoughts:

--- Justin Dentmon had his best shooting night of the season going 9-15 with 22 points despite injuring his thumb in practice Sunday. He said thinking about his thumb might be why he was an onimously 0-4 at the free throw line --- he was 17-23 for the year coming in.

--- Venoy Overton was 2-6 at the line and Jon Brockman 1-5, both guys who were .667 shooters coming in, so a lot of this is surely just an off night.

--- The rotation definitely appears to be winnowing as just eight Huskies played more than five minutes. Artem Wallace didn't play at all and has just 13 minutes for the season, which makes you wonder what the future holds for him here, while Justin Holiday played just three minutes and Adrian Oliver five. Romar says Oliver is healthy now, so that apparently wasn't the issue tonight. Holiday is obviously a freshman who wasn't expected to play major minutes every game. But Oliver had a chance to create a real role for himself with Ryan Appleby out but hasn't been able to so far, due in part to injuries, and time may be even harder to come by once Appleby returns in a week or so.

--- Matthew Bryan-Amaning had a career-high 11 points in getting his second start and Romar said a key was that he is slowing down on offense and not trying "to score 20 points in one possession. We are trying to get him to slow down and he did that tonight.''

--- Overton had six turnovers but Romar pointed out that Overton resmebles Nate Robinson in that both players are often at their best when they seem on the edge of being out of control and that trying to reign that in can negate what makes them good. Overton still has a 32-19 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season which is quite good for a true frosh.

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