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Saturday, December 23, 2006 - Page updated at 01:24 PM

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Notebook | Burmeister getting ready for more physical play?

Seattle Times staff reporter

For a few moments in the 80-51 victory over Weber State University on Friday night, it looked as though the already thin Washington Huskies might be down to just nine healthy players.

But Brandon Burmeister shook off a sore left shoulder — that he worried for an instant might be dislocated — to return to the game and keep the Huskies 10-players deep.

"I'm a little sore, but I'll be fine," said Burmeister, who suffered the injury when he tried to step in front of WSU's Dan Henry to take a charge with 11:57 remaining in the first half.

"The back of my shoulder slid a little bit and I thought it was going to dislocate," said Burmeister, who scored three points in 12 minutes and has become a valued reserve this season, seeing action in every game. "But it didn't quite get there and it slid right back in."

Such a physical play might be a harbinger of things to come for Burmeister, however.

The walk-on guard from Mercer Island is in his final year of basketball eligibility.

He has one more year left of football eligibility, however, and has been invited to walk-on the football team next fall by coach Tyrone Willingham to be a receiver.

Friday's game at a glance

Player of the game: Make that players as Spencer Hawes and Jon Brockman were again a dynamic duo in combining for 41 points and 21 rebounds. Hawes had 23 and nine while Brockman had 18 and 12 as the Huskies dominated the Wildcats inside.

Turning point: Down 21-10 with 10 minutes to go in the first half, the Huskies outscored Weber 28-9 the final 10 minutes to take a 38-30 lead at halftime. The game was never in doubt after that.

Next: At USC, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Galen Center.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Burmeister starred in both sports at Mercer Island High and was rated as the 36th-best football prospect in the Northwest by Scout.com as a senior in 2002.

"We'll see," he said of playing football. "This isn't the time to think about that."

Artem awakes

Sophomore forward Artem Wallace didn't get off the bench until the issue was long decided, but once he got in the game he made the most of it, scoring eight points and hitting all four of his shots while also grabbing four rebounds.

His only better outing this season was 10 points against Nicholls State in the second game of the season.

NOTES

Jon Brockman now is averaging a double-double for the season with 12.82 points a game and 10.09 rebounds. The last time a Husky averaged a double-double was Todd MacCulloch in 1999 (18.7 and 11.9). No Husky has come close to 10 rebounds a game since then with the highest average at 7.6 rebounds a game by David Dixon in 2002.

Spencer Hawes is averaging 20.2 points in UW's past five games after averaging 11.2 through the first six games.

• UW coach Lorenzo Romar's mother, Dorothy, attended the game, the first she has seen in Seattle. She often attends Washington games in Los Angeles, where she lives.

• Hawes leads the Pac-10 in blocks at 2.5 a game. His 26 blocks for the season equals the season total of Brandon Roy a year ago, which led the team.

• The Huskies now have won 16 in a row at home and 49 of their past 51. The only home defeats in that span came last January against Washington State and Arizona.

• UW also has won 27 consecutive nonconference home games, last losing at home against Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003. That's a streak that will last until next fall as UW's lone remaining nonconference game is at Pittsburgh on Feb. 17.

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