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UW Men's Basketball
Notebook: Roy gladly runs out of streaks
Seattle Times staff reporter
TEMPE, Ariz. — Not only did Brandon Roy see his streak of nine straight games scoring 20 or more points come to an end — the longest run for a Washington player since at least 1960 — but he also saw his chance at another school record come to an end.
Roy missed the front end of a one-and-one with 7:41 left in the first half, snapping a streak of 32 straight free throws made that was one shy of Eldridge Recasner's school record. Roy hadn't missed since the second half of the UCLA game Feb. 11.
Roy said, "I hate shooting the first free throw of a game," and had a bad feeling about it before stepping to the line.
Roy hadn't been held under 20 points since scoring 19 against Oregon on Jan. 21. He had 13 Thursday.
But Roy saw a silver lining in the end of the streaks.
"It's like being on a team that's undefeated going into the [NCAA] tournament," he said. "You say, 'Maybe they should have lost one late.' The run was cool. But the Arizona game [Saturday] is a big game and it's cool to go in there with no records and no streaks and just try to get a win."
Player of the game: With ASU concentrating much of its efforts on Brandon Roy, it was left to the rest of the team to pick up the scoring slack. As he did a week ago against Stanford, Mike Jensen took advantage to fire away from the three-point line, hitting 4 of 5 for a team-high 14 points.
Turning point: Arizona State led 40-38 at halftime, but the Huskies scored the first 11 points of the second half to take command. UW hit three three-pointers in that run.
By the numbers:
11 of 17: Mike Jensen's shooting from the three-point line the last three games.
11 of 33: ASU's shooting in the second half after going 15 of 26 in the first half.
Next: at Arizona, Saturday, 3 p.m., McKale Center
Coach Lorenzo Romar waited as long as possible before finally deciding that freshman guard Harvey Perry, who hasn't played all season while bothered with a back injury, will redshirt.
Perry had been practicing recently, and as recently as Tuesday Romar didn't rule out that Perry could play.
But Wednesday, Romar decided on a redshirt for Perry.
"He's been playing in practice, but there just hasn't been enough time to stick him in two conference games when you are battling for the championship," Romar said.
• Justin Dentmon had six assists and now has 109 for the season, a new UW record for a freshman, breaking the mark of 103 set by Recasner in 1987.
• Among the NBA scouts in attendance was Danny Ainge, the executive director of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics. Presumably, he was there to look at Roy, who is rapidly rising up mock drafts.
• ASU is 7-9 at home, ensuring just its third losing home season in the past 32 years.
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