Nov. 6, 2005
By GREGG BELL
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington's new Romper Room indeed romped through Sunday night's 114-48 exhibition race past flat-footed Simon Fraser University of British Columbia.
It was a breezy continuation of the run-press-shoot Husky teams of recent seasons.
``Well, we are going to play the same way.''
The kids have the message.
Freshman Justin Dentmon started and scored six points, had four assists and just one turnover as the Huskies' new pseudo point guard. Romar prefers not to use ``point guard'' for any one player, perhaps because he doesn't want anyone compared with Robinson, the program's catalyst into national prominence.
Fellow freshman Jon Brockman, the highly acclaimed recruit from Snohomish, Wash., who chose Washington over Duke, scored 18 points.
He made his first six shots, most of them coming after beating everyone down court following Simon Fraser turnovers.
Brockman's thunderous, right-handed dunk off a steal at half-court _ a play that typified the entire game _ gave Washington a 47-17 lead with 4:45 left in the first half and brought a roar from the Bank of America Arena crowd.
Brockman's biggest challenge was seeing through a formfitting, clear-plastic mask. The mask was protecting his nose, which he broke in practice last month.
Though not a freshman, debuting Florida transfer Ryan Appleby lived up to Romar's description of him as the Huskies' best shooter. Appleby embraced the game's experimental use of a 20-foot, 6-inch three-point line by making his first three three-point shots and converting 6 of 10 overall for 20 points in 20 minutes.
And Romar wanted more. Inside the final minute of the first half, Appleby was alone at the top of the key waiting to set the half-court offense. The coach screamed to his new deep threat, playing his first game in almost 20 months, ``Shoot the ball!''
Inside, freshman Artem Wallace from Toledo, Wash., continually established prime position, getting eight points and five rebounds.
``They all came in and did a good job,'' Romar said of his kinetic freshmen. ``(Brockman) looked like he'd already been playing with us before.''
Then there were Washington's grown-ups _ whom Romar will count on to lead the Huskies on their difficult quest of repeating last season's Pac-10 tournament championship, a No.-1 seed in the NCAA tournament and Sweet Sixteen appearance.
Senior guard Brandon Roy, Romar's choice to fill Robinson's leadership vacuum, cruised to 13 points, shooting 6 for 7. Senior forward Jamal Williams was running free when Brockman wasn't. Dunks and lay-ups highlighted his game-high 24 points, on 12-16 shooting.
Williams expects to run like this all season.
``That's the plan,'' Williams said. ``But it doesn't happen like this every night.''
Washington begins its regular season Sunday evening against Morgan State in the three-day, eight-team BCA Classic, which the Huskies are hosting.
``Are we where we need to be?'' Romar asked. ``We need to be a little better.''