Very nice win for the Huskies, beating the No. 24 team on their home floor, where the Sun Devils had been 11-0 this season.
Because everybody's a lot looser after a win, the Huskies had fun talking about coach Lorenzo Romar's outburst early in the first half, when he was trying to get his team to stop rushing bad shots. For emphasis, he threw down his clipboard, but he didn't quite get the angle right, and the thing went sliding across the court. He said he didn't intend to do that, but the display got his Huskies' attention and obviously, they won.
The win also moves the Huskies to .500 in the conference race at 3-3, same record as their next opponent: Arizona. With those losses to Syracuse and Texas A&M and Pitt in the preseason, the Huskies best chance for the postseason seems to be finishing in the top half of the Pac-10, so things are getting interesting there, too.
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Star of the game: UW forward Jon Brockman had a game-high 21 points and 16 rebounds in recording his 13th double-double of the season. He also played tough defense on Arizona State's Jeff Pendergraph, who ended the night with nine points on 3-for-10 shooting.
Key stats: Arizona State shot 32.1 percent from the field. Washington shot 38.6. … The Huskies survived a 2-for-10 shooting night from Ryan Appleby.
Key run: Washington was trailing 24-15 just over eight minutes into the game. Then, junior Joel Smith nailed back-to-back 3-pointers and assisted a Brockman basket under the hoop, igniting a 12-0 run that gave the Huskies the lead and helped quiet the crowd.
Observations: Washington has now beaten ASU 11 straight times. … UW senior guard Tim Morris had a career-high eight rebounds. … This was the Sun Devils' first home loss of the season. … The win pulled UW even at 3-3 in conference play, while knocking the Sun Devils instantly out of the league lead, and probably out of next week's national rankings.
Quotable: "If he was 5-foot-11 and weighed 150 pounds, I still think he'd be how he is. It's just the mentality he has. … Sometimes guys are just going to do what they do just because they have it in their head that nobody is going to stop them." - Pendergraph on Brockman.
(Great quote, eh?)
The Huskies will practice around midday today at Arizona, and we'll get to talk to Romar and the players then.
I'll jump back after that with any new developments.
The game is noon Saturday. And unlike last night, this one will be on TV back to Puget Sound.