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<p><em>Photo credit: Seattle Times - Cliff Despeaux</em></p>
<p>Roles are defined. That's Washington's secret. <strong>Isaiah Thomas</strong> let everyone know the source of UW's phenomenal turnaround.</p>
<p>"I've always told my teammates to keep the faith and anything can happen," he said. "Players found their roles and they love doing what they do. A guy like <strong>Venoy (Overton)</strong>, he loves playing defense. You've got to excel at something you do great and you keep doing great at it."</p>
<p>Overton and <strong>Justin Holiday</strong> provided lock-down defense on the perimeter and <strong>Matthew Bryan-Amaning</strong> defended the basket. <strong>Elston Turner</strong> sank three-pointers. Thomas did a little bit of everything.</p>
<p>And <strong>Quincy Pondexter</strong> <em>(above) </em>hit a game-winning shot.</p>
<p>Does it even matter he was 1 for 7 from the field and 2 for 6 from the line in the first half? More importantly, Pondexter recovered from his shooting woes in the second half and he had the confidence to take the biggest shot of his life in the final seconds.</p>
<p>Normally Pondexter likes to drive right, but Marquette's <strong>Jimmy Butler</strong> shaded that way and forced him left. Pondexter took a few hard dribbles, got the angle on Butler and managed to get up a good shot under duress.</p>
<p>You see plays like that in the NBA all the time, but rarely do you see it at the college level. Washington ran the play several times last month at Stanford in the final minutes and the Huskies used it again tonight.</p>
<p>But there's the funny thing, coach <strong>Lorenzo Romar</strong> didn't call a timeout in the final seconds. He also didn't call the game-winning play.</p>
<p>Once Pondexter secured a long rebound after Thomas' missed three-pointer, he went to the top of the key and everyone spaced the floor giving him room to operate.</p>
<p>"Guys just kind of know what to do in that situation," Thomas said. "It's no different than coming up with something at the end of the shot clock. If it's me or Quincy or anybody else, we flatten it out and let somebody make a play. And he did a great job of that."</p>
<p>Pondexter finished with 18 points on 7-for-17 shooting and a game-high 11 rebounds. He also had two assists, two blocks, two steals and two turnovers.</p>
<p>Entering the game, Pondexter was tied with <strong>Eldridge Recasner</strong> (1,743) for fourth place on UW's all-time scoring list. He's now alone in fourth and is 14 points shy of passing <strong>Bob Houbregs</strong> (1,774) for third place. <strong>Chris Welp</strong> leads with 2,073 followed by <strong>Jon Brockman</strong> (1,805). </p>
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Photo credit: Seattle Times - Cliff Despeaux
Roles are defined. That's Washington's secret. Isaiah Thomas let everyone know the source of UW's phenomenal turnaround.
"I've always told my teammates to keep the faith and anything can happen," he said. "Players found their roles and they love doing what they do. A guy like Venoy (Overton), he loves playing defense. You've got to excel at something you do great and you keep doing great at it."
Overton and Justin Holiday provided lock-down defense on the perimeter and Matthew Bryan-Amaning defended the basket. Elston Turner sank three-pointers. Thomas did a little bit of everything.
And Quincy Pondexter (above) hit a game-winning shot.
Does it even matter he was 1 for 7 from the field and 2 for 6 from the line in the first half? More importantly,...