Romar states obvious in win

A win is a win, right? Not if you are a young, up-and-coming program who seems to repeat the same mistakes over and over again as the University of Washington's men's basketball team did Sunday afternoon against an outgunned Sacramento State team. The speedy Hornets led by as many as 13 points during the first half, and UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar didn't mince words.

"Forgive me for stating the obvious, but that was NOT a pretty win," Romar said of the Huskies' 83-74 win Sunday at Bank of America Arena.

"Sacramento State came out early in the game for the first 10 minutes and were clearly the aggressor, and their quickness caught us off guard. They were quicker to the ball than we were and we had trouble keeping them out of the paint in terms of dribble penetration, and consequently they got up on us by 13 at one point.

"When we finally composed ourselves and began to keep them in front of us and play better defense, than I think we held them to 12 points in the final 10 minutes."

Turnovers continue to plague a young Husky team, and Romar is expecting improvement. "We didn't do a very good job of taking care of the basketball," he said. "We've got a long ways to go in the area of taking care of the basketball and defending, but we won the game. We won a game and we've got to prepare ourselves so that the next time we play, we are a little bit better."

He refuses to use nervousness as an excuse for poor play. "I don't think its nervousness," Romar said. "Familiarity could have something to do with it in terms of what we are trying to do offensively and having a comfort level for what we are doing.

"When we run a set on offense and someone runs to the wrong spot or passes to the wrong person, it often times leads to a turnover later on. Not another player picking off a pass, but one or two passes later we suddenly turn the ball over. We've got a little bit of that going on right now because we are not as cohesive as we need to be."

It wasn't a total disaster, though. Romar singled out one player in particular who really stood out from the crowd.

"Quincy Pondexter had a very good game," he said. "As a freshman, he has scored over twenty points in half of our games so far. He rebounded the ball well, and we try to put him up against one of the other team's best players on the perimeter, so in that regard, he is getting a lot of responsibility every game.

"I think he understands his strengths, which is something Brandon (Roy) really understood. It's no coincidence that Quincy went to the line 8 times. Guys that stand around on the perimeter and shoot threes don't do to the line, and Quincy gets to the foul line.

"Rarely do you see a good rebounder that doesn't get fouled either. Those guys are always in the mix, in the action."

Pondexter finished the day with 22 points and nine rebounds. Top Stories