UW let PSU shoot over 60 percent for much of the night, so I wasn't sure what coach Lorenzo Romar would think -- considering he's been stressing defense so much lately. But he seemed to think that Portland had just been hot and that his team is progressing on both ends of the court.
Some notes and thoughts on the game:
Star of the game: Washington forward Jon Brockman scored 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, both game highs.
Key stats: Washington shot 61.8 percent from the field, its best night of shooting since February 1999. … Portland State grabbed 14 rebounds. UW sports staff couldn't find a lower opponent's total in records dating back to the 1980s.
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Key run: UW guard Ryan Appleby hit two 3-pointers just before halftime. Then, UW scored the first four points of the second half. The 10-point run took the Huskies from even to their first double-digit lead.
Observations: Appleby tied a school-record with seven 3-pointers. … Portland State 5-foot-8 guard Mickey Polis scored 16 points in the first half, hitting five of five 3-pointers. However, UW shifted bigger defenders on him in the second half and he didn't score again. … Phil Nelson, a former Husky who is sitting out this season after transferring, sat on the PSU bench and was lightly booed by the Dawg Pack student section.
Romar quote: "I feel like we're making progress. With this lineup, there are some guys tat aren't in the lineup, who, if they could catch tehse guys defensively, would be in the lineup because they're better offensive players. At this point, since these guys give us the best defensive presentation, we're going to continue to go with them."
PSU coach Ken Bone quote: "Overall, I thought we competed well. Our kids fought and went out and did the best they could. Washington is a little bigger and a little stronger, and it took its toll in the last 15 minutes."
Next: 3 p.m. Saturday, vs. Cal State Northridge, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, FSN.