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Originally published November 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified November 9, 2007 at 2:02 AM

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UW Men's Basketball | Two Dawgs dig idea of pairing

So who said it had to be either Justin Dentmon or Venoy Overton in Washington's starting lineup, anyway, and not both? Certainly not UW coach...

Seattle Times staff reporter

So who said it had to be either Justin Dentmon or Venoy Overton in Washington's starting lineup, anyway, and not both?

Certainly not UW coach Lorenzo Romar, who has always resisted putting labels on his players.

Monday, when the Huskies survived a sluggish effort to beat Seattle Pacific 86-77 in an exhibition game at Edmundson Pavilion they were often at their best when Overton and Dentmon — the team's two purported point guards — were on the floor together.

Thursday, during UW's official media day, Romar said there was a chance the two could be in the same starting lineup when the team opens the season Tuesday against New Jersey Tech in the first round of the Preseason NIT at Edmundson Pavilion.

That's just fine with the two. Overton, a freshman from Franklin High, played the point for almost all of his 33 minutes on the floor, moving Dentmon over to shooting guard when they were on the court together, something Dentmon embraces.

Dentmon, a junior, was the team's starting point guard most of last season and took a lot of the heat for the team's struggles. He said sharing point-guard duties will keep him fresher and that last season "it was kind of tough" having the sole responsibility for bringing the ball up and picking up the ball on defense.

"I liked it a lot because it gives me a chance to play off the ball a little bit," Dentmon said of playing with Overton. "It gives me a blow from bringing it up and picking up full-court [defensively]. We've been working on it in practice, and me and Venoy really kind of jelled together."

Overton was similarly enthusiastic.

"In practice he's showing he can really score, and he's been trying to play the off-guard," Overton said. "I knew I always wanted to be a point guard. I don't really think about scoring. That's why I took the point."

Still, Overton scored 16 points along with four assists in 33 minutes in providing the most positive revelation of the SPU game.

"When he was in the game, I felt we had a better offensive flow," Romar said. "He's constantly looking up the floor and makes things easier for guys."

Notes

Ryan Appleby said surgery to fix his broken thumb last week went well and he should get his hard cast removed Tuesday. He's due to be out another five weeks but said, "I feel like I'm ahead of schedule." He began running Wednesday.

• Romar reiterated he was most concerned with the team's defense and its 22 turnovers against SPU. "That wasn't Husky basketball," he said. "That wasn't how we envision ourselves playing."

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