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Men's Hoops Notebook: Dentmon just wants to put foul behind him
Seattle Times staff reporter
STANFORD, Calif. — A few weeks ago, Justin Dentmon's image was plastered across the top of a page in Sports Illustrated for a story detailing freshmen who were making a big impact.
Sunday, when he emerged from the shower to greet a few reporters, he was the picture of dejection, a first-year collegian finding out that big-time basketball isn't always all that glamorous.
Dentmon, already having hit a speedbump the past three weeks with spotty play, committed what he admitted was "a dumb foul" that put Stanford's Chris Hernandez at the free-throw line with 0.2 seconds left in Sunday's game. Hernandez made all three to force overtime, and Stanford waltzed from there to a 76-67 victory.
TV cameras showed UW coach Lorenzo Romar giving a stern talking to Dentmon on the bench after the play, and Dentmon didn't play during the overtime. Romar didn't mention Dentmon by name afterward but said the goal was to not let Hernandez or another Stanford shooter get the ball in a position to shoot a three-pointer. Hernandez appeared to use a backdoor move to get past Dentmon.
Washington players said there would be no blaming of Dentmon for the loss.
Senior guard Brandon Roy said Dentmon needs to learn from the play "to let them make a miracle shot, and if it goes in, nobody is mad at anybody. But right now, it's tough for him, and as leaders, we've got to make sure he knows we are still behind him and he's our starting point guard."
Dentmon, who admitted he didn't defend the play correctly, said teammates told him to "put it behind me. Just let it slip. I became a man tonight and this is going to make me stronger."
Sunday's game at a glance
Player of the game: Chris Hernandez made the key free throws at the end of regulation. But Stanford wouldn't have been in the game if not for the play of senior forward Matt Haryasz, who dominated inside with 24 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Turning point: Hernandez's free throws are the obvious turning point. Another is the fact that Washington shot a season-low 2 of 17 from behind the three-point line, missing numerous opportunities to build on its lead it.
By the numbers:
0-6: UW's shooting in overtime.
2: UW's losing streak, the first time the Huskies have lost two in a row since the end of the 2004 season.
Next: at Washington State, Saturday, 2 p.m.
• Watching from behind the UW bench, decked out in Huskies gear, was Washington signee Quincy Pondexter of San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, Calif. He said it was the first UW game he has seen in person, though he plans to catch one in Seattle later this year.
• Said UW senior Bobby Jones: "I'm still in disbelief right now. What it shows is you've got to play all the way to the last minute."
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