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Romar Gets First Win As Huskies' Head Coach
Release: 12/05/2002
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SEATTLE - Doug Wrenn scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half as Washington beat Wyoming 79-70 on Thursday night, giving Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar his first victory since returning to his alma mater.

Will Conroy scored 13 points, Curtis Allen had 12 and Bobby Jones 11 for the Huskies (1-3), who built a 38-34 halftime lead and steadily pulled away after the break when Wrenn's shots began to fall.

Donta Richardson led Wyoming (3-2) with 18 points while Marcus Bailey scored 16 and Jason Straight had 14.

It was the first meeting between the schools since 1978. The Huskies won that won 85-74, with Romar playing his first season at Washington after two years at Cerritos Community College in California.

It was fitting that Romar beat the Cowboys again 24 years later. Otherwise, he would have been one loss from matching the 0-5 start in 1993-94 by Bob Bender, his predecessor as coach of the Huskies.

Wrenn, last season's Pac-10 newcomer of the year, scored eight points during a 12-4 run over a six-minute span in the second half. His basket with 11:05 remaining gave Washington a 52-42 lead.

The Cowboys charged in the closing minutes, trimming the margin to 70-66 with 1:33 to play when Bailey made a steal, drew a foul at the other end and made both free throws.

But Jones answered for Washington, nailing a 3-pointer at the 1-minute mark to put the Huskies up 73-66 and Conroy made two free throws with 44 seconds to play to make it 75-66.

The Cowboys hurt themselves with 25 turnovers, leading to 33 Washington points. The Huskies also outscored Wyoming 44-22.

Nate Robinson, a two-way standout who made a huge interception in Washington's 29-26 football victory over Washington State, received a big cheer when he entered the game with 15 minutes to play.

Robinson had one tackle in the Huskies' football win over Wyoming this fall. This time, he was called for three fouls in two minutes. He went scoreless but had a rebound and an assist.

By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer

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