February 23, 2011

Bryan-Amaning forgets jersey but not how to score

Washington Huskies forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning left his jersey in the University District Tuesday night and was forced to wear number 55 for the game against Seattle University.

He blamed himself for leaving the jersey behind.

"I don't warm up in my jersey, so I went to empty my backpack and noticed my jersey wasn't here," Bryan-Amaning said. "I called a manager to bring it, but he didn't show up soon enough. It's a road trip in Seattle, it doesn't happen very often."

Romar explained that the number 55 jersey is an extra jersey meant for players to use if they get blood on their jersey, adding not to expect Bryan-Amaning to wear it again.

"Ugly, nasty, that number sucks," junior Isaiah Thomas said about the No. 55 jersey worn by Bryan-Amaning.

Bryan-Amaning, who normally wears No. 11, still had a big game with 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Huskies won, 95-74, in KeyArena.

Still looking road weary

The Huskies stayed home in Seattle to play Seattle University, but in the first half it looked as if they had traveled more than just a few miles to the KeyArena.

The Huskies led at halftime 37-29, but they looked like their typical road self even though the arena had a solid number of Washington fans.

"We need to be stronger with the basketball and contain their guards," Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar told his team at halftime.

The Huskies responded and came out in the second half looking more at home, which may be because there were more Husky fans in the building during the second half.

Will call lines were backed up prior to the game, continuing well into the first half of play. The majority of the fans stuck waiting in line were Husky fans who made the trip to the KeyArena on the snowy winter evening.
Washington bounced back in the second half by outscoring Seattle University 58-45.

Washington big men double up

Matthew Bryan-Amaning and sophomore Aziz N'Diaye both had big games for the Huskies. They used their size advantages leading them both to double-doubles, the third time that's occurred this season.

Bryan-Amaning led Washington with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while N'Diaye added 15 points and 10 rebounds of his own, six of which were offensive.

"Aziz N'Diaye played one of his best games in a long time," Romar said. "He was a real presence out there."

The Redhawks had no answer for the two Washington bigs. Their tallest player, Gavin Gilmore, is an inch shorter than Bryan-Amaning and four inches shorter than N'Diaye.

"Sometimes teams don't have a size matchup," N'Diaye said. "At the beginning coach did a good job using me. Me and Matt did a good job executing."

The two Washington big men led the way as the Huskies out-rebounded the Redhawks 47-23.

Thomas comes up short

Isaiah Thomas is a 74 percent free throw shooter on the season, but Tuesday night he looked lost at the line, doing something he says never happens.

"I never air ball … that one just slipped though," said Thomas, who air balled one attempt and was well short on his attempts throughout the night, finishing 5 of 10.

"For whatever reason his shot was a little short, but he survived," Romar said.

Surprisingly on a night when Thomas struggled, the Huskies worst free throw shooter found his stroke at the line.

N'Diaye, a 38 percent free throw shooter on the season, was 5 of 6 from the line.

"I've been working on it a lot, trying to keep the same form and same motion," said N'Diaye.

Bites from the Dawg Pack

Some reaction to the game from members of Washington's Dawg Pack:

"I loved how MBA and Aziz played; combined, they had as many rebounds as Seattle U!" said Tage Aaker, a senior from Renton. "One concerning item is that Wilcox went 2-for-14 in total shots, 1-for-6 from 3-point land. The other standout freshman, Ross, continues to impress though."

Eric Peterson, a senior from Olympia, said the Huskies need to get tougher.

"They still lack a consistent intensity, which leaves them with no killer instinct," Peterson. "(The Huskies need) "the kind of 'I'm just going to be better than you' mindset that you need to go deep into the tournament."

Fastbreaks

Venoy Overton fouled out with zero points after coming into the game on a roll … C.J.Wilcox also struggled scoring just three points in his first career start …

Six different Huskies scored in double figures… The Huskies were just 4-of-18 on 3-point attempts.…

Four different Seattle University players had 10 or more points. …They were led by Cervante Burrell who scored 26 ,and Aaron Broussard, who scored 20. …

The attendance was 11,386, the highest Seattle University has drawn since moving to Division 1. … All three of the Huskies' remaining games at home. Next up for Washington is Washington State Sunday night.


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