Washington is the highest-scoring men’s basketball team in the Pacific-10 Conference.
But more than half of the Huskies’ points have come from just two players: Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said that isn’t automatically a problem. But he acknowledged that it can be if it turns the other players on the floor into bystanders.
And he thought he noticed some of that Saturday in the Huskies’ 74-66 loss to Georgetown.
Pondexter and Thomas combined for 44 points, while the rest of the roster combined for 22. Pondexter had 23 points, Thomas had 21, and no other Husky had more than five.
“There was too much standing around on our end,” Romar said. “I think we got caught up with maybe a couple of guys scoring – Quincy and Isaiah – and we just kind of stood around and watched, as opposed to us having five guys moving out there.”
The Georgetown game wasn’t that far out of the norm for this season. After eight games, the 24th-ranked Huskies (6-2) are averaging 83.8 points, with just over half coming from Pondexter (22.1 ppg) and Thomas (20.4).
After that, it’s a long way down to junior forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (8.4 ppg), junior guard Venoy Overton (6.1) and sophomore guard Elston Turner (5.5).
Romar said there are several players capable of becoming a solid third option. He notes the high shooting percentages of Bryan-Amaning (.524), Tyreese Breshers (.550) and Clarence Trent (.615) as an indication that they could take more shots.
Other scoring options also could come by committee.
“If you had two guys averaging 20 (each), it would not be a problem to have three guys averaging eight or nine points a game in there,” Romar said. “All that adds up. Myself as head coach, hopefully we can help get them into a better offensive rhythm.”
Even with NBA scouts watching, Pondexter said he is eager to help.
“We have to do a better job of getting our teammates involved so it’s more than just us scoring,” he said. “It’s somewhat of a hard balance, but it’s basketball: It’s a team sport. ... I don’t want to see it this way, where (Thomas and I are) scoring a lot of points individually. I love it when other guys get involved.”
The Huskies are juggling responsibilities this week: taking final exams while also preparing for their Saturday night game against Portland.
Romar tried to lighten their load by not scheduling practice today.
Single-game tickets for the coming Pac-10 season went on sale this week, and most of those games already are at or near sellout status. Tickets for the Washington State, UCLA and California games are gone, although some might be released on the Monday before each of those games. Meanwhile, only scattered singles remain for the Oregon, Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State games. More tickets remain for the USC game and the conference-opener against Oregon State on New Year’s Eve. ... Romar began his media briefing Tuesday by volunteering his excitement about football star Jake Locker’s decision to return for his senior season. “This is going to be awesome,” Romar said. “I’ve got to get there even earlier now and get my kettle corn while it’s hot and enjoy that football season. Can’t wait.”
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