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Notebook | Hawes scores 13, hopes to return to starting role

Seattle Times staff reporter

Next June, Spencer Hawes could be an NBA lottery pick.

For now, he's a reserve center for the Washington Huskies.

Hawes, still battling to overcome a long-running flu-like illness as well as a sprained ankle that held him out of last week's game at Washington State, came off the bench for the second straight game in Washington's 91-74 win over Oregon State Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion.

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said Hawes is "still not at full strength yet" and will be a reserve until he shows otherwise. Until then, the Huskies would rather go with a stable lineup with Artem Wallace at center.

"When he is able to practice consistently and everything is fine, then he will be back in the lineup," Romar said.

Hawes said he doesn't want to come off the bench all season "but it's his decision and if it keeps working, I guess that's the way it's going to be. It's something I've got to adjust to."

It was strictly performance, however, that had Hawes on the bench for all but eight minutes in the first half. Romar said other players were simply "competing" more, and Hawes admitted that "I don't think I was doing enough stuff to be out on the court."

Saturday's game at a glance

Player of the game: Sophomore forward Jon Brockman was everywhere, running into the tunnel to chase down loose balls, or diving on the floor. He also found time to tie his career high with 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting and grab eight rebounds. He is UW's leading scorer in Pac-10 play at 15.0 points per game, shooting 55.4 percent.

Turning point: Ahead 41-38 at halftime, the Huskies began the second half with runs of 15-5 and 21-7 to open up a comfortable lead, and the game was never in doubt from there.

Next: At Arizona State, 6 p.m. Thursday.

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Hawes woke up in the second half to score 11 of his 13 points.

Wallace started in place of Hawes for the third straight game, and Romar praised his effort afterward, saying the stats don't show his value. "He understands what we want," Romar said. "It's big when guys do what you ask them to do, and he tries to do that with everything he has."

But Romar also vigorously defended Hawes afterward, saying he's not sure many observers have understood just how the illness has impacted his play.

"It was really disappointing that some people were down on him during that stretch when he was really down," Romar said. "The guy lost weight, and there was a reason. Sometimes people pass judgment when they don't know what's going on."

Giles sits and waits

Ineligible players usually don't make the trips for away games. But Rainier Beach alum C.J. Giles decided to make the journey on his own to cheer on his new team, Oregon State, and also spend some time at home. Giles recently transferred to OSU after a troubled stint at Kansas that ended with him being kicked off the team.

Giles, who enrolled at OSU earlier this month, sat on the end of the bench in street clothes and admitted he stewed as UW blew out his new team.

"It was so hard watching," he said. "I wish I was in the game. But Dec. 8 [when he will be eligible] it will be totally different. I just can't wait to get on the court. It's been a long year."

Giles confirmed rumors that he approached UW coaches after leaving Kansas but was rebuffed.

"I did, yes, but I guess coach Romar wasn't recruiting me," he said.

NOTES

• The Huskies honored former basketball players and coaches at halftime. Receiving the loudest cheer was former coach Marv Harshman, who is 89.

• Former Huskies pitcher Tim Lincecum was honored at halftime by USA Baseball, which awarded him with the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the top amateur player in the country. Lincecum is now a member of the San Francisco Giants.

• Hawes has 33 blocked shots this season and passed Todd MacCulloch as the single-season leader for a freshman.

• While OSU was 12 of 32 from the free-throw line, UW was 22 of 25, a season-best 88 percent.

• UW's nine steals tied a season high.

OREGON STATE
min fgm-a ftm-a or-t a pf pts
Jones 28 3-5 4-10 2-4 3 3 11
Cuic 24 3-12 2-6 0-0 0 3 9
Jeffers 29 7-8 0-0 2-4 3 3 14
Tarver 37 8-13 3-6 0-3 7 3 22
Washington 15 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 3 0
Hampton 10 1-1 2-4 1-3 0 1 4
Schaftenaar 14 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 2
Tarver 14 2-7 1-4 2-2 0 0 5
McGillis 27 3-5 0-2 1-2 0 4 7
Johnson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
200 28-53 12-32 10-23 15 20 74
Percentages: FG .528, FT .375. Three-point goals: 6-15, (Jones 1-1, Cuic 1-3, Tarver 3-7, Tarver 0-1, McGillis 1-3). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 4, (Jones 2, Jeffers, Tarver). Turnovers: 15, (Jones 3, Cuic, Jeffers 3, Tarver 4, Washington, Tarver, McGillis 2). Steals: 8, (Jones, Jeffers 2, Tarver, Tarver 3, McGillis). Technical fouls: None.

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