Wilcox missed 11 of his 14 field goals in the first half as UW fell behind 17-4 right away. The opening 20 minutes were so bad, the Huskies gave walk-on sophomore guard Quinn Sterling of Mercer Island, Wash., the first playing time of his career late in the half to invigorate the team.

It worked. Sterling immediately forced a Titans turnover. He then turned to the Dawg Pack students' section and roared. His former colleagues roared back, providing the most noise of the otherwise snoozing half.

"Quinn got on the floor without any hesitancy. That's him," Romar said of another potential "glue guy" who has been slowed early this season by a stress fracture in his foot.

As for the current, dependable glue guy, Simmons almost blushed over his coach comparing him to Brockman.

UW's rugged all-time rebounding leader, a recent Milwaukee Buck and Houston Rocket, is now playing professionally in France.

"Oh, that's a HUGE compliment," Simmons said after his career night. "Played against `Brock,' he is a load to rebound against. So getting a compliment like that means a lot me."