UW Men Rout Simon Fraser in Exhibition Tilt
Nov. 6, 2005
By GREGG BELL
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington's new Romper Room indeed romped throughSunday night's 114-48 exhibition race past flat-footed Simon FraserUniversity of British Columbia.
It was a breezy continuation of the run-press-shoot Husky teamsof 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 fourassists and just one turnover as the Huskies' new pseudo point guard.Romar prefers not to use ``point guard'' for any one player, perhapsbecause he doesn't want anyone compared with Robinson, the program'scatalyst into national prominence.
Fellow freshman Jon Brockman, the highly acclaimed recruit fromSnohomish, Wash., who chose Washington over Duke, scored 18 points.
He made his first six shots, most of them coming after beatingeveryone down court following Simon Fraser turnovers.
Brockman's thunderous, right-handed dunk off a steal athalf-court _ a play that typified the entire game _ gave Washington a47-17 lead with 4:45 left in the first half and brought a roar from theBank 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 inpractice last month.
Though not a freshman, debuting Florida transfer Ryan Applebylived up to Romar's description of him as the Huskies' best shooter.Appleby embraced the game's experimental use of a 20-foot, 6-inchthree-point line by making his first three three-point shots andconverting 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-courtoffense. The coach screamed to his new deep threat, playing his firstgame in almost 20 months, ``Shoot the ball!''
Inside, freshman Artem Wallace from Toledo, Wash., continuallyestablished prime position, getting eight points and five rebounds.
``They all came in and did a good job,'' Romar said of hiskinetic freshmen. ``(Brockman) looked like he'd already been playingwith us before.''
Then there were Washington's grown-ups _ whom Romar will count onto lead the Huskies on their difficult quest of repeating last season'sPac-10 tournament championship, a No.-1 seed in the NCAA tournament andSweet Sixteen appearance.
Senior guard Brandon Roy, Romar's choice to fill Robinson'sleadership vacuum, cruised to 13 points, shooting 6 for 7. Seniorforward Jamal Williams was running free when Brockman wasn't. Dunks andlay-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 likethis every night.''
Washington begins its regular season Sunday evening againstMorgan State in the three-day, eight-team BCA Classic, which the Huskiesare hosting.
``Are we where we need to be?'' Romar asked. ``We need to be alittle better.''
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