Husky roundballers down Cornell 87-71

Someone forgot to tell Cornell that it wasn't supposed to have been this tough. Cornell's disciplined style of play on defense and efficiency with the ball on offense gave the Washington Huskies fits all night but in the end, they were outmatched as the Huskies defeated the visitors from the Ivy League 87-71 in the final non-conference game of the season for the Huskies.

After the loss to Arizona on Saturday, Washington (12-1, 1-1) remained in the top-10, beginning the week ranked 10th in the nation and closed out their non-conference schedule undefeated (11-0) for the 16th time in school history.

Many assumed that the Washington Huskies would walk all over the visitors from the Ivy League, but the Big Red (4-8) showed a lot of grit. The Huskies looked like they were lacking some intensity in the opening minutes of the game as Cornell came out strong. Within the first 10 minutes of the first half, there were six ties and four lead changes. The Huskies were able to keep the lead for good eventually, but the game was never completely out of reach until the final minutes of the contest.

"Cornell is a well-coached and disciplined team," said Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar. "They stuck with what they wanted to do offensively and defensively."

Cornell turned the ball over only eight times, which is a new season-low for Husky opponents. Washington on the other hand had 14 turnovers on a lot of erratic passes and mishandled balls.

Romar didn't dismiss the possibility that the Huskies might have been suffering a bit of a hangover after the tough loss, but felt that the team showed some improvement.

"I think we have the capabilities of having a very good season if we can understand that we have to play the game for 40 minutes," he said.

It was the shooting that did the Big Red in. Cornell launched an astounding 29 three-pointer attempts, but only made eight of the shots (27.6 percent). The Huskies didn't shoot the three-ball much better (2-of-13) but shot well from the floor overall (53.8 percent) to make up for it.

Freshman Jon Brockman led all scorers with17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds. It was his fourth double-double of the season, which is more than any Husky had all of last season.

But Brockman was reluctant to acknowledge himself as the Huskies biggest offensive threat.

"I know that we have so many different scorers here and anyone can get their 15 to 20 points a night so I try not worry about that much," said Brockman.

Brockman also acknowledged that it was different to play Cornell after the thriller against Arizona.

"It's so hard to come out to a sold-out arena where everyone is screaming off their lungs and then to a game where it is sort of like an exhibition, where the outcome doesn't effect the Pac-10 standings," he said. "It was tough, but we were excited."

Brandon Roy, who scored 35 points in each of the past two games was limited to just 11 points, while Justin Dentmon scored 15 and Jamaal Williams scored 13.


Cornell Homecoming- Cornell had two local area players on their team. Senior forward Ryan Rourke prepped at Bothell High School, and freshman guard Conor Mullen from O'Dea High School. Rourke scored 11 points in 24 minutes while Mullen only played two minutes at the end of the game.

The game was originally scheduled when first year Washington assistant coach Paul Fortier was still an assistant at Cornell last season. Fortier, a former Husky player, had a big role in getting the game on the schedule.


Points: Brockman 17, Dentmon 15, Williams 13, Roy 11, Gasser 9, Appleby 8, Jones 6, Jensen 4, Smith 2, Wallace 2
Rebounds: Brockman 12, Williams 7, Roy 6, Jensen 4, Jones 2, Dentmon 2, Smith 2, Appleby 2, Wallace 2, Burmeister 1
Assists: Smith 4, Appleby 4, Roy 3, Williams 2, Dentmon 2, Jones 1, Gasser 1
Steals: Brockman 1
Blocks: Williams 2, Wallace 1, Jones 1
Attendance: 9,631 Top Stories