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Monday, December 05, 2005

Worth Staying Up Late

If you turned in early on Sunday night, you missed the best sporting event, as far as quality of play and level of passion and excitement, that the weekend had to offer. Washington held off a typically fiesty Gonzaga team 99-95 late Sunday night to extend its home winning streak to 29 games. The Zags had beaten their intrastate rival seven straight times entering last night's Dog Fight, but foul trouble and injuries to Derek Raivio, Josh Heytvelt and Erroll Knight left Gonzaga head coach Mark Few with few alternatives. His bench made a valiant effort, and superstar Adam Morrison dropped 43 on the Huskies, at least half of which were highly contested shots with extremely high degrees of difficulty. Lorenzo Romar's team played a stellar game, making the big shot whenever it was needed and playing in front of a raucous home crowd, and it was barely enough to escape with the W.

Do yourself a favor and get in the habit of staying up late and watching some WCC basketball this season, especially the Zags. Adam Morrison is a far superior talent to ESPN's trophy boy J. J. Redick, and Mark Few gets more intensity, passion and execution out of his players than any other coach in America. Morrison can score from absolutely anywhere on the floor, whether popping off a screen, driving to the basket, cutting without the ball or posting up. Post man J. P. Batista has incredible hands and a delicate touch around the basket, and when Knight and Raivio get healthy, the Zags will be a legit Final 4 contender. Additionally, Gonzaga was 18-22 from the line last night, dropping their team average of 86% heading into the game.

It will be interesting to watch Morrison's career progress. He plays the game with tremendous energy and clearly possesses a fiery competitive streak, both of which are perfectly suited for the college game. His talent is more than enough to make him a viable NBA prospect, but it will be interesting to see whether or not he jumps early to the often lifeless NBA regular season grind. I, for one, hope he sticks around for another year after this one.


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