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First-half scoring effort gives Lavender a boost

2010-02-05T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:34:01Z First-half scoring effort gives Lavender a boost Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 05, 2010 12:00 am  • 

SEATTLE - Brendon Lavender's confidence appears to be back.

A former starter who scored 16 points against Colorado in the Maui Invitational, Lavender scored six points against Stanford on Jan. 28 and had another nine through the first half Thursday at Washington.

The sophomore guard scored his nine first-half points on 3-for-3 three-point shooting.

Lavender started seven games earlier this season for the Wildcats but was beaten out by Kyle Fogg after the Wildcats lost 79-62 at Oklahoma.

Wise accepts camp invite

UA guard Nic Wise has accepted an invitation to attend the NBA's seniors-only pre-draft camp in Portsmouth, Va.

The Portsmouth camp, which used to precede the more-prestigious but defunct Orlando draft camp, is an annual showcase of 64 seniors that attracts both NBA and European scouts.

Wise contemplated leaving UA for professional basketball last spring before deciding to return for his senior season.

Pinball wizard

Washington honored former Husky center Todd MacCulloch during the first half Thursday, noting not only his on-court achievements but also this fact: He's the world's 91st-ranked pinball player.

MacCulloch led the Huskies to NCAA tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999. He was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 pick, having led the NCAA in field goal percentage for three straight seasons.

MacCulloch went on to play four seasons in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets.

Thomas tease

Huskies guard Isaiah Thomas toyed with local media this week, posting this comment on his Twitter page: "I wanna play football next year."

According to an Associated Press report, it was a reference to one of Thomas' mentors, former UW basketball/football player Nate Robinson.

Shortly afterward, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was asked about it during his weekly news conference.

"I wanted to play football, too," Romar said, chuckling.

Romar played basketball for Washington and in the NBA.

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