Brockman helps extend Huskies’ season

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Washington coach Lorenzo Romar slammed his clipboard down during a timeout and yelled to his players that they were about to go home. Not quite. The Huskies rallied behind Jon Brockman, who had 16 points, 10 rebounds, took a couple of late charges and made a key bucket to keep Washington’s NCAA Tournament hopes alive. “At that point we were at a crossroads,” Romar said of his rant. “I felt we didn’t’ have a whole lot of energy, and we wanted to make it clear that this was not the time to not have energy.” Arizona State (8-22) was the worst team in the Pac-10 Conference but built an early 21-10 lead. First-year coach Herb Sendek had the Sun Devils primed for an upset but a rash of mistakes in the final two minutes cost them dearly and Washington – the No. 7 seed – prevailed. The Huskies (19-12) play No. 2 seed Washington State in today’s late game. Washington State has four consecutive wins over Washington. Down by four points with 1:41 left, ASU came out of a timeout with eight seconds left on the shot clock. Christian Polk forgot that important fact and didn’t get a shot off until he heard the buzzer sound. On the next possession, guard Derek Glasser flew through the lane with 53 seconds left and was whistled for a charge that Brockman took. The next time the Sun Devils got the ball, Antwi Atuahene turned the ball over on an out-of-bounds play. It was one error after another – and another. The Sun Devils played solid defense late in the game, but with two seconds left on the shot clock, Brockman made a turnaround shot in the lane to put Washington up 52-48 with about two minutes left. That basket helped seal the victory. last_img

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