Jan. 19, 2006
SEATTLE - The 10th-ranked Huskies were able to stay in the game and pull out the win despite a subpar night shooting, from the floor and from the charity stripe.
Hard-nosed defense, resulting in steals and fast break points kept the Dawgs alive. Nearly a quarter into the game, the Huskies were shooting 17.6 percent compared to that of the Oregon State Beavers which was 50.0 percent. Washington remained only down by one, due to the fact that Oregon State was only allowed six shots comparing to the Dawgs 17.
Coach Romar on the team's off shooting night, "I don't think we've shot that poorly all season, maybe the Gonzaga game three years ago when we missed 22 straight shots - it wasn't as bad as that but I don't remember the last time we shot this poorly. Psychologically when you're not making shots, when you're missing lay-ups and open shots, it wears on you to where you don't give he right effort defensively but that wasn't the case tonight."
The Huskies were able to get off 28 more shots than the Beavers due to their aggressiveness on defense and their ability to get offensive rebounds. Washington had three times as many offensive boards, 21 to Oregon St.'s 7; with a great effort coming from Jon Brockman and Bobby Jones. Bobby Jones led the charge in the first half scoring 10 of the Huskies' 28 points. Jones complimented his scoring with two steals and four boards. Justin Dentmon also helped spark Washington's first-half offense with three steals and three assists.
The Huskies' offense picked up in the second half, elevating their shooting accuracy to 41.2 percent, however the Beavers countered shooting 54.2 percent.
Washington was still able to control the game with their defense and ability to force turnovers. The Beavers turned the ball over 28 times, compared to 15 committed by the Dawgs.
With Brandon Roy picking up three quick fouls in the second half and Jamaal Williams having a tough night shooting, Brockman and Jones were able to fill the scoring void. Brockman attacked the basket more aggressively this game, getting 12 shots and knocking down four of them as well as getting to the line twice.
"I thought our guys hung in there pretty good," says Coach Romar. "Brandon Burmeister did a phenomenal job of giving us a lift when he came in the game, he gave us a great effort, and Hans Gasser did the same thing when he came in."
The Dawgs were not the high-scoring or great-shooting team that fans are used to, but they still got the job done through their defense and offensive rebounding.