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Men's Basketball Notes | Appleby remains upset by Brooks' cheap shot

Seattle Times staff reporter

EUGENE, Ore. -- Ryan Appleby's "game-time decision" revealed that he's not quite ready to forgive and forget.

Oregon's 93-85 win over the Huskies Saturday night marked the first time Appleby, a junior guard for the Huskies, and Oregon senior guard Aaron Brooks had been on the floor together since last March, when Brooks leveled Appleby with a forearm to the face at the Pac-10 tournament.

As the teams lined up for the center jump before the game, Brooks approached each of the Huskies, extending his hand.

All of the Huskies took Brooks' hand except for Appleby, who didn't budge from his crouched stance.

Appleby had said Friday he didn't know what he would do if Brooks offered his hand. Appleby said afterward he didn't decide until the moment came.

"I was on the court thinking that if he walks up to me, I'm not going to acknowledge him," Appleby said. "There's no reason to acknowledge someone like that. He took a cheap shot at me last year and I didn't think they penalized him the right way and I'm not going to acknowledge anybody for hitting me in the face like that."

Appleby has said Brooks should have been suspended for the game in Eugene as well as the Jan. 25 contest in Seattle. Brooks didn't play in that game, which UW won 89-77.

Player of the game: Oregon senior guard Aaron Brooks, a graduate of Franklin High School, finally got his first win over the Huskies in a game he finished. Brooks had a game-high 30 points, hitting 10 of 14 shots, and also had six assists in 39 minutes.

Turning point: After the Huskies took a 58-56 lead following four free throws, the Ducks came right back to score six in a row to spark a 21-9 run and regain control. Brooks had eight points in that span.

Next: vs. USC, Thursday, 7 p.m., Edmundson Pavilion

Teammates said they didn't know what Appleby would do and reacted in different ways. Phil Nelson said he figured the incident was in the past, while center Spencer Hawes said, "It didn't surprise me [that Appleby declined the handshake]. Good for him as far as I'm concerned."

UW coach Lorenzo Romar said, "I don't fault anyone" and that "hopefully now we can put it to bed."

When Appleby remained with his hands on his knees, the crowd began to boo, and he heard derisive chants of his last name often when he touched the ball the rest of the game.

But the heckling had started long before.

When Appleby took the court for warmups about an hour before tipoff he was greeted by fans in the student section holding up pictures of his face from the game last March with cotton in his nose to stop the bleeding. A few fans even stuffed cotton in their noses.

Appleby looked away from Brooks during the postgame handshake, as well.

Oregon coach Ernie Kent said he thought Brooks had moved on.

"I hope some day Ryan can to," he said.

Note

• Hawes set the school freshman scoring record. Hawes entered 11 points shy of passing Mike Hayward, who scored 406 points in the 1987-88 season, and finished with 20.

WASHINGTON
min fgm-a ftm-a or-t a pf pts
Pondexter 22 6-8 1-1 1-4 0 5 13
Brockman 26 3-5 2-2 1-2 2 4 8
Hawes 36 8-17 4-5 5-7 6 2 20
Dentmon 32 2-7 0-0 2-6 3 4 4
Appleby 34 5-11 6-6 0-1 1 3 21
Oliver 16 1-1 4-4 0-1 2 2 7
Wallace 12 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 2
Gasser 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 1 3 0
Nelson 17 4-9 0-0 0-1 0 2 10
200 30-60 17-18 13-28 16 26 85
Percentages: FG .500, FT .944. Three-point goals: 8-20, .400 (Appleby 5-10, Nelson 2-6, Oliver 1-1, Gasser 0-1, Pondexter 0-1, Dentmon 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Appleby, Hawes, Nelson). Turnovers: 15 (Hawes 4, Dentmon 3, Appleby 2, Oliver 2, Brockman 2, Pondexter, Nelson). Steals: 2 (Appleby, Dentmon). Technical fouls: None.
OREGON
min fgm-a ftm-a or-t a pf pts
Hairston 23 1-3 3-4 0-3 3 3 5
Taylor 30 4-6 6-6 2-6 1 3 15
Leunen 31 2-7 8-9 4-6 1 3 13
Brooks 39 10-14 6-8 0-3 6 3 30
Porter 34 4-9 8-9 0-1 2 0 19
Platt 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Oguchi 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Zahn 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Schafer 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Catron 28 4-6 3-4 2-3 0 1 11
200 25-46 34-40 8-22 13 16 93
Percentages: FG .543, FT .850. 3-point goals: 9-19, .474 (Brooks 4-7, Porter 3-6, Taylor 1-2, Leunen 1-2, Hairston 0-1, Oguchi 0-1). Team rebounds: 0. Blocked shots: 4 (Hairston, Taylor, Leunen, Catron). Turnovers: 8 (Brooks 3, Leunen 2, Hairston, Oguchi, Taylor). Steals: 10 (Brooks 3, Porter 2, Catron 2, Hairston, Leunen, Oguchi). Technicals: Bench 2.
Washington 40 45 85
Oregon 46 47 93

Attendance: 9,087. Officials: Tom Wood, Milt Stowe, Kevin Brill.

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