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Final: UW 84, Long Beach State 69

Long Beach actually pulled even, 61-61, less than 10 minutes from the end. However, the Huskies dominated from there.

Justin Dentmon had a huge night, leading all scorers with 22 points including going 6-for-6 from the field in the middle stretch when little else was working for the Dawgs.

Washington was horrible from the line, hitting just nine of 26 foul shots ... maybe jet lag from New York. The Huskies themselves said they weren't physically tired. But Romar thought they might have been mentally tired, which could have shown up in the foul shooting and a mid-game lapse.

Some postgame notes and quotes:

Star of the game: UW junior guard Justin Dentmon led all scorers with 22 points. He went six-for-six from the field in the middle of the second half while accounting for 15 of 17 UW points over a six-minute stretch, keeping the Huskies afloat while the 49ers made a run.

Key stats: Washington shot 58.2 percent from the field and 57.9 percent on 3-pointers, but shot only 34.6 percent from the free throw line. That is their lowest free throw shooting percentage since January 2000. … The 49ers outrebounded the Huskies, 34-32.

Key run: Long Beach pulled even, 61-61, less than 10 minutes from the end. However, a fall-away Dentmon field goal started a 16-2 UW run that settled it.

Observations: Dentmon becomes the fourth Husky to lead the team in scoring over the first six games, joining Jon Brockman (three times), Tim Morris and Quincy Pondexter. … Dentmon said hurt his thumb in practice Sunday and his free throw shooting (0-for-4) may have been affected. … UW coach Lorenzo Romar said guard Ryan Appleby (thumb) will likely return to the lineup right on schedule in a couple of weeks.

UW coach Lorenzo Romar quote: "One of the most pleasing things for me as a coach is to see Quincy Pondexter have an effect on the game down the stretch even without scoring a whole lot. He did a lot of things down the stretch to help us. He hit a couple of threes, but he also got some good rebounds and made some good plays for us."

Long Beach coach Dan Monson quote: "It's a process for us right now to try to get better. I think this game will help us in that. It was a tough environment."

Next: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at Oklahoma State, Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Okla.