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Information in this article, originally published January 20, was corrected January 23. A previous version of this story contained an error. Due to an Associated Press error, Oregon State basketball player Chris Stephens (No. 13) was misidentified as Marcel Jones (No. 3) in a photo caption.
UW Men's Notes: After hot start in the Pac-10, Roy sees his scoring fall off
Seattle Times staff reporter
Brandon Roy averaged 32.3 points through Washington's first three Pac-10 games.
He's barely scored that many in the last three combined, getting just eight in an admittedly frustrating outing in UW's 69-65 win over Oregon State on Thursday night.
After that hot start that included back-to-back 35-point games against Arizona State and Arizona, Roy has 41 points in the last three games and admits he might be trying too hard.
"I think lately I've been putting a lot of pressure on myself to try to play well," said Roy. "I just have to have fun and play."
But as happened again Thursday night, Roy has all too often run into foul trouble this season. He's fouled out of three games and had four fouls Thursday night by the 14:12 mark of the second half, though at least this time, he avoided the fifth.
"I always get one of those calls that I feel is a bad one, and then it leads to one where I do foul the guy," Roy said.
Player of the game: Bobby Jones was the only Husky to provide consistent offense, scoring a game-high 16 points and also getting eight rebounds and two steals. His two free throws with 16.5 seconds left gave UW the winning points.
Turning point: Down 52-51 with just over seven minutes left, the Huskies scored the next eight points to take a 59-52 lead that they never relinquished. Justin Dentmon keyed the run with a three-point play.
Next: vs. Oregon, Saturday, 5 p.m., Edmundson Pavilion.
By the numbers:
1 of 15: UW's shooting the first 7:40 of the game.
10 of 38: UW's shooting in the first half.
24 of 72: UW's shooting for the game, a season-low.
Washington's attempts to upgrade its nonconference schedule next season are batting .500.
Washington sealed the deal to host Louisiana State on Dec. 20 — with a return date there the following season — after Tigers officials recently signed contracts for the games.
But a proposed game at Georgia Tech, which would have featured a return date in Seattle the next year, is apparently all but dead.
However, the Huskies could fill that void by hosting another preseason tournament, as they did this year with the Black Coaches Association Classic. The NCAA is considering relaxing rules that limit the number of preseason tournaments a team can play.
If the rule is changed to allow teams to play in one every year, UW assistant Jim Shaw said the Huskies will explore hosting another tournament next season.
• UW didn't make its first shot until there was 14:21 left in the first half, a lay-in by Ryan Appleby.
• OSU's seven first-half field goals matched a UW opponent low this season (Lehigh was the other).
• Justin Dentmon had a career-high four steals. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said this week that one key to UW's sweep of the Los Angeles trip was a settling of roles. The coaches are beginning to know exactly what to expect from players, and vice versa.
• In attendance was former Purdue coach Gene Keady, now working for the Toronto Raptors, who are in town to play the Sonics tonight.
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