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November 5, 2007 at 6:51 PM

Running SPU game thread

HUSKIES HOLD ON — UW leads by eight with 20 seconds left as I write this, so I think UW will get the win here. Attendance was 8,057 and most are now filing out. I have some immediate post-game responsibilities so this will be it for the running blog. But a quick impression is that Overton was UW’s second-best player all night after Brockman. UW has 22 turnovers as I type this, and that number won’t be pleasing to the coaches I wouldn’t think.
STILL A GAME — With 3:48 left, UW leads 77-72 after a Brockman lay-in (he also has a free throw coming). UW sorely missed JC as he has scored eight points since returning to keep UW in the lead. SPU took a 68-67 lead but the Huskies came right back and are hanging on. Overton continues to impress and has 16 points, four rebound, four assists. Diedrichs for SPU has 33 points but suffered some sort of minor injury chasing a ball OB and has been out the last few minutes.
SPU RALLIES — SPU has cut the lead to 65-63 and will be shooting two free throws. A small contingtent of fans is chanting “SPU” in the upper reaches here. UW was hurt when Brockman picked up his fourth foul with 18:48 left. He’s due to come back in the game here with 7:47 left. Wolfinger has also been out quite a while with three fouls but Wallace has played well in his place with six points and three rebounds. Each team has 20 turnovers.
HUSKIES UP 59-51 — With 11:32 left. Overton continues to be about UW’s best player, as he leads the team in scoring (10) and assists (four) and just had a nice feed to Adrian Oliver for another three-pointer to key a 7-0 run that allowed UW to retake command a bit. SPU cut the lead to 50-49 but missed a wide-open three-pointer to take the lead. Artem Wallace has finally got in the game and has four points.
TWO BIG RUNS — SPU scored the first six points of the second half to take a 40-39 lead, but UW responded with an 8-0 run to retake the lead. Joel Smith scored four points to spark the run, two coming off a nice pass from Overton in transition.
UW LEADS 39-34 AT HALF — SPU scored the last six points of the half to make this one close. Some thoughts:
— UW has 12 turnovers, way too many.
— Overton, Pondexter and Brockman lead UW with eight points each.
— Besides Overton, the other three frosh all look like freshmen playing their first college game. All have committed turnovers and have between the three of them.
— UW is 2-7 on 3-pointers obviously missing Ryan Appleby.
— No doubt, UW is more experienced this year. But the Huskies in the first half had a lot of lineups out there with a lot of young guys who haven’t played much together at all.
— Joe Wolfinger is 0-2 with three boards and two fouls in 11 minutes.
HUSKIES OPENING IT UP A BIT — UW leads 36-24 with 3:53 left, scoring the last nine in a row. Venoy Overton looks really good, with six points on 3-5 shooting as well as two assists. He keyed this surge with a nice drive into the lane and then a dish out to Adrian Oliver for a three-pointer, then getting a rebound and driving into the lane setting up a lay-in two passes later.
IT’S 25-21 — With 7:56 left and the best player on the floor so far is SPU’s Rob Diedrichs, a 6-8 forward from Shorewood who has 15 points on 7-11 shooting. One ominous sign for UW is eight turnovers, obviously a pace for more than 20 and way too high. Some early-game jitters are part of it, however — true frosh Matthew Bryan-Amaning had two unforced TOs in the span of about a minute then was taken out, though he’s back on the floor now.
PEYTON SIVA HERE — And sitting behind the UW bench. He was at many games last year, as well. He’s generally considered a heavy Husky lean and Venoy Overton said recently he expects Siva to come here.
RAGGED START — The two teams are a combined 5-16 as UW leads 9-6 at the first media time out. Pondexter looks good with four points. The Huskies are wearing the new home white uniforms and I’m curious to hear what those who are here think of them.
PRE-GAME — Gametime is about 10 minutes away, and this is the usual exhibition-type atmosphere — a late-arriving crowd, a lot of open seats and not much buzz.
Still, I remember when these games used to feel like this and they were. Tonight, everyone is paying $10 to see a game that doesn’t count, so things have definitely changed.
Anyway, I’ll try to do for basketball this year what I’ve done for football, setting up a running game thread. Having never done this for basketball, not sure exactly how much I’ll be able to post, but I’ll try to keep it updated and see how it works.

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