Dawgs put Big Baby to sleep
Hawes over Big Baby (Kim Grinolds/Dawgman.com)
Hawes over Big Baby (Kim Grinolds/Dawgman.com)
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Posted Dec 21, 2006
Chris Fetters, TheInsiders.com


Justin Dentmon wasn't joking. When he talked to Glen 'Big Baby' Davis about this year's LSU-UW game during a summer camp, he said that Davis would have to deal with Spencer Hawes and Jon Brockman. Led by their combined 28 points and 14 rebounds, the No. 17 Washington Huskies took a 14-point lead into half and never looked back, defeating No. 12 LSU 88-72 at Bank of America Arena Wednesday night.

With the Dawgpack in rare form - needling 'Big Baby' Davis for his use of the South Beach diet by wearing Burger King crowns and chanting about hamburgers and pizzas - the 6-foot-9 All-American forward from Baton Rouge could never get on track, making just one basket and scoring four points in the first half while the Huskies made their run. He finished the game 3-11 from the field, scoring eight total points, his lowest output since March 2, 2005, when he scored eight against Ole Miss.

"From Day One we've tried to preach to our team that you can have fun in this game, but you have to work your tail off," UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said. "You have to work your tail off on defense and you have to rebound. If you do those things at a high level, you get to have a lot of fun because it pays off on the offensive end. Our front line - I hate to brag on 'em - but they were impressive."

Hawes finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, the first ever double-double for the frosh from Seattle Prep. Brockman played like a man possessed for 32 minutes, out-hustling Davis, out-shooting Davis and out-playing Big Baby to the tune of 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Tasmin Mitchell tried to pull in the slack for the Tigers, scoring 20 points. Garrett Temple, considered by many to be one of the top defenders in the country, was held scoreless for the first half after suffering three fouls. He came back to score nine points for LSU. Texas Tech transfer Terry Martin, playing his first game ever for the Bayou Bengals, made an auspicious debut - scoring 13 points.

"We got beat within six to eight feet of the goal," LSU Head Coach John Brady said. "We got out-rebounded by 10 and we gave up 21 offensive rebounds and Brockman and Hawes showed our guys what playing hard is all about."

Clearly Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar wanted to go right at Davis from the start, one that saw the Huskies try a lot of lobs in the paint to Brockman and Hawes, who went a combined 12-18 in the first half - mostly from just a few feet in.

In the second half, it was Quincy Pondexter who came to life, adding 15 second-half points to Hawes' and Brockman's totals, keeping a game Tiger team that shot lights out to bring the score down to 11, but they never able to cut into a double-digit lead.

Phil Nelson added nine points for the Huskies, with three well-timed jumpers from beyond the arc.

When LSU would get on mini-runs, Washington used 5-8 shooting from deep to counter - frustrating the Tigers. Also instrumental was the Huskies' stubborness with the ball. Turnover prone all year long, they only had five turnovers all half long, with only two in the first 15 minutes. They finished the game with a 2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, led by the nine assists of sophomore guard Justin Dentmon.

A 9-0 run in the first 3:33 of the game, capped off by seven-straight points by Brockman, gave Washington an 11-4 edge, and they never were seriously contested the rest of the half.
Statistics:
Points: Hawes 23, Brockman 19, Pondexter 15, Nelson 9, Dentmon 7, Oliver 5, Gasser 4, Burmeister 3, Appleby 3
Rebounds: Brockman 14, Hawes 12, Pondexter 5, TEAM 5, Oliver 3, Appleby 2, Burmeister 1, Gasser 1, Nelson 1
Assists: Dentmon 9, Oliver 4, Pondexter 1, Brockman 1, Hawes 1, Appleby 1, Nelson 1
Blocks: Hawes 1
Steals: Dentmon 3, Pondexter 2, Brockman 1, Oliver 1



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