Dec. 16, 2006
By Brandon Blaska
SEATTLE -- After coming off a loss to Gonzaga in their first away game of the season, the Huskies made it clear that they have short memories. Everyone that set foot on the floor contributed a complete effort in the 105-73 victory over Portland State on Saturday.
The Huskies scored a season-high 105 points, thanks to having five players score in over double digits, and some hot shooting both inside and outside the three point line.
Spencer Hawes set the tempo after being fouled on a lay-up that led to a 12-2 run. The early surge was capped off by a fast-break dunk slammed down by Hawes. The freshman center out of Seattle Prep High School would go on to finish with a nearly perfect half, scoring 12 points on 5 of 5 shooting and 4 blocks, with his only miss coming from the free-throw line.
In the second half, Washington continued to spread the ball around, and the game was taken over by the Huskies, led by Justin Dentmon's team-high 18-points.
"Justin (Dentmon) gets lost in the game. When he does that, not only is it good for him, but it is good for our team," said UW head coach Lorenzo Romar.
"He just is playing good basketball and trying to do whatever it takes to win. He does it all at a high level, rarely in his two years has he played well and we didn't win."
Dentmon was exemplary of the Huskies effort on the court, as the 5-11 guard led the team with career-high nine rebounds and 18 points on 6-10 shooting from the floor.
The sophomore point guard rebounded from a subpar outing last Saturday at Gonzaga. He was limited to seven points, on 2-of-14 shooting from the field and missed all six of his 3-point attempts in the Huskies' 97-77 loss.
Dentmon's return to form is a positive sign for UW, which faces a difficult task in its next outing. The Huskies host 12-ranked LSU on Wednesday (Dec. 20) at 7 p.m. The Tigers advanced to the Final Four in 2006.
"It is hard to say that there is just one thing that we turned around, because we have another game against a very worth opponent on Wednesday," Romar remarked. "We are not near where we need to be, but this week we have made progress."
With those kind of performances from key individuals, it seems that the Huskies have put the past behind them and are primed for their match-up against LSU.