Jan. 27, 2007
SEATTLE - Saturday's game was exactly what the Huskies needed.
With their 91-74 victory over the Oregon State Beavers, the Dawgs swept their first series in Pac-10 Conference play this year.
After a sluggish, 1-6 start in the Pac-10, the Huskies stepped up this weekend, first beating the seventh-ranked Oregon Ducks on Thursday and Saturday winning against the Beavers by a 17-point margin.
The victory against OSU didn't come easy, however. After starting the game with three turnovers and a close first half, the Huskies knew they needed a big second half to get the win.
"In the first half, we turned the ball over too much [and] had too many lapses. In the second half we came out and did a much better job," said Coach Lorenzo Romar.
Sophomore forward Jon Brockman came out as the big man of the game, shooting 9-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, culminating in a total of 25 points. Not to mention the aggressive `Superman' dives to wow the crowd.
Brockman didn't mind showing off his bruises to the press after the game, either. Romar commented, "Jon has been knocking things down for a long time...when you dive enough and run into things enough, you don't feel those bruises anymore."
Next weekend, the Huskies face their biggest opponent of the season, a road game. Going into Arizona with momentum should help in Thursday's game against the Arizona State Sun Devils.
This weekend's series was one of progress; progress that the Dawgs hope can carry them into the desert with confidence.