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Release: 11/06/2009
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Nov. 6, 2009

SEATTLE - The Husky men's basketball team reconvened on the Marv Harshman court this Friday after taking Thursday off. The last time the group was together they were beating Central Washington 77-48 in their lone exhibition game of the season.

Despite the good feelings from the victory, the team realizes there is a lot that needs to be fixed before their Nov. 13 opener against Wright State in the first-of-three games of the Athletes In Action Classic.

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One of the most glaring struggles for Washington came from the field and foul line. The Huskies shot 38 percent from the field (27-71) and 48 percent from the charity stripe (18-37). They also committed 26 fouls and gave up 18 offensive rebounds to the smaller Central Washington team.

"We go back and we break down where we think we're the weakest at and hopefully you come back in nine days and you've improved quite a bit in those areas," said Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar following Wednesday's game. "And, you look at the areas you're strong in and you continue to build on those."

Friday's practice was fast-paced and energetic, as the team was enthusiastically accepting the challenge of getting better head on. In the simplest of drills, all players were going hard and shouting encouragements. Quincy Pondexter could be heard yelling to no one in particular "Work hard!" and "Get better" during drills.

The team was doing a lot of running and pushing the ball up the court at a break-neck pace. The goal was to go hard, finish strong and do so with solid technique. Basketballs were hitting the ground at a minimum, hands were up high to snag rebounds when shots were launched and no one was going through the motions.

With exactly a week before the Huskies tip off for real, it is clear from watching the team practice on Friday that the group is focused on what they need to do to be ready for the real thing: work hard and get better.

Clarence Trent, Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy spent 20 minutes before practice doing a photo shoot for the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times. Both papers will be highlighting the trio for their college basketball previews due out sometime next week.

• The Athletes In Action Classic will hold a kickoff breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Don James Center. The event will be from 7:30am until 8:45am and will be held in the Don James Center. Cost is $20 per person and will feature Lorenzo Romar and former Husky quarterback Tom Flick as guest speakers. To RSVP, email diana.patterson@athletesinaction.org or call (937) 352-1028.

• Former Husky Eldridge Recasner dropped by to observe practice on Friday.

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