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Brockman Reaches a Milestone in Husky Win
Release: 01/15/2009
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Jan. 15, 2009

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Jon Brockman complained that his defense was error prone and he couldn't finish on offense.

But when all else was failing against Oregon, the Washington big man could still clean the glass. The burly senior forward became Washington's all-time leading rebounder Thursday night in an 84-67 victory against the Ducks.

Isaiah Thomas had 23 points and Justin Dentmon scored 22 for Washington (12-4, 3-1 Pac-10), but it was Brockman's record-setting effort that drew the praise of coach Lorenzo Romar.

"Our guys don't understand that in 30 years they'll be saying, 'Yeah, the leading rebounder in the history of the school, I played with him,' " Romar said. "It's something really special, really special."

Brockman came into the game needing eight rebounds to break the record of 1,051. He finished with 10 to grab a record held for 50 years by Doug Smart (1957-59). He set the record with 11:17 to play, corralling a missed free throw by Oregon's Matthew Humphrey.

"I don't think it's really hit me yet," said Brockman, who has averaged 9.5 rebounds a game throughout his career. "But it's good to get it out of the way. I mean, I was never really worrying about it, but I think it was always kind of in the back of my mind. So now it's over with and I can just get back to whatever it was I was doing before."

Against the Ducks, there wasn't much else. Brockman went 4-for-12 from the field for 10 points and also picked up four fouls.

"I really never felt like I was in a rhythm tonight," Brockman said.

Thomas and Dentmon were there to pick up the slack.

Thomas, the Pac-10's top freshman scorer, was 6-for-16 from the field and made all seven of his free-throw attempts. Dentmon scored 15 of his points in the second half as Washington quickly turned a three-point halftime lead into a double-digit advantage the Ducks (6-11, 0-5) could never overcome.

"Road wins in league don't come sitting on your doorstep," Brockman said. "I was just proud of the way our guys played tonight."

Oregon, off to its worst start in conference play since 1992-93, shot 37 percent, committed 20 turnovers and was dominated on the boards in the second half in falling to Washington for the eighth time in the last 11 meetings.

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