Huskies Pull Away from SPU in Exhibition Victory

Nov. 5, 2007

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SEATTLE (AP) - Jon Brockman demonstrated the value of veteran presenceas his second-half scoring spurt helped Washington avert an upset toDivision II Seattle Pacific in a 86-77 opening exhibition victoryMonday.

Brockman, the Huskies' 6-foot-7 junior forward, was restricted byfoul trouble for much of the game. But he came off the bench late inthe second half to score 10 points in a five-minute span to give pushthe Huskies into a lead they won't relinquish.

'It's one of the worst feelings in the world because you feel likean idiot for making some stupid fouls and you just can't help yourteam when you need to be out there,'' said Brockman, who sat with fourfouls for nearly 12 minutes in the second half.

He entered the game with 7:47 left and the Falcons leading 66-65.He then scored 10 of his team's next 14 points to give the Huskies a79-72 lead with 2:52 left.

Brockman finished with 18 points. Freshman Venoy Overton, a 6-footguard who the state Class 4A player of the year, had 16 points.

SPU was led by sophomore forward Rob Diederichs with 36 points on15-of-23 shooting. It was the most points in any game against theHuskies since Gonzaga's Adam Morrison had 43 on Dec. 4, 2005.

'Rob was phenomenal, but we got to play a lot better defense,''Brockman said.

Washington, looking much like a team trying to mix in sevenplayers who did not play for the Huskies last season, struggled tofind consistency against their Seattle small-school neighbor. Theybuilt double-digit leads twice in the first half but the Falconsrallied back each time. The Huskies led just 39-34 at intermission andthe Falcons filled that gap 90 seconds into the second half.

'We came into this game wanting to cut down on our turnovers. Wedidn't do a very good job of that (22),'' UW coach Lorenzo Romar said.'We wanted to come out and defend. We didn't do a very good job,obviously, on Diederichs. That's a lot of points to give up to oneguy.

'But thank goodness for exhibition games, where you get to go outand see where you are.''

Romar still may not be sure. He has two players who missed lastseason with injuries, one transfer and four incoming freshman to mixin. His preparation for the season also is compounded with the loss ofsenior point guard Ryan Appleby, who will miss six weeks with afractured right thumb.

'I hope it was the case tonight that we were so anxious to play,so anxious to do a good job that a lot of our guys wanted to do itthemselves,'' Romar added. 'We didn't share the ball like we needed toshare the ball. We were impatient. We wanted to make the home run playtoo fast, too early. That hurt us.

'Our best basketball tonight was when we shared the ball and wentinside to Jon Brockman. That's part of learning what we need to do tobe successful.''

Washington now has a 41-11 record in exhibition games. The Huskieshave won all 11 meetings against SPU.

The Huskies, 19-13 last season, open the season Nov. 13, hostingthe NIT Season Tip-Off West Regional. They will play New Jersey Tech.The winner will play the winner of the High Point-Utah game earlier inthe evening.

The Falcons, 18-10 last season to share the Great NorthwestAthletic Conference title, open the regular season at home Nov. 16against Cal State San Bernardino.

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