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November 14, 2007 at 7:38 PM

Utah game thread

OFF TO NEW YORK — Enough time to check in and wrap up the game thread as UW goes on a 9-0 run to finally subdue the Utes and win this regional and advance to New York. Brockman has a career game with 31 points and 18 rebounds and was the difference in the game. Basketball is often about which team has the best player and that was Brockman tonight.
OFF FOR NOW — Other duties will keep me away from here for a while but feel free to comment and I’ll check back later.
ALL ABOUT BROCKMAN — Brockman’s 29 points are a career high. He had 25 twice before. He also has 13 rebounds — his career-high is 14.
GETTING TIGHT — Utah has fought back, slowing the game down a bit and hitting a few three-pointers to cut the lead to 56-55. Also has hurt UW that Overton has four fouls.
ON DENTMON — Just read the comment about Dentmon not having to expend as much energy with Overton around. That’s exactly what Dentmon himself said last week in a story I wrote, that this allowed him to stay fresher. Seems to be working so far as those two have 14 points, six assists and two TOs in the first half with three steals.
HUGE SWING TO END HALF — Utah was at the line with a chance to cut the lead to two with 41.6 seconds left. Instead, UW now leads 44-35 at halftime thanks to some good plays by Overton. After Utah missed an FT, Overton made two at the other end. Then when Utah missed, Overton got the loose ball and fired up court to Brockman who made a lay-in and was fouled and sank the free throw.
Some other halftime observations:
— UW’s defense really does look better with Overton and Dentmon out front pressuring everything. Utah has 12 turnovers for the half and UW has six steals. Utah’s guards don’t seem that great, but UW seems to have a real purpose on defense. The backside help on the big guys has been pretty good.
— Dentmon seems to like that two-guard role, scoring eight points.
— Brockman is the steadiest player on the floor with 17 points and five rebounds.
OVERTON STEALING SHOW — And the ball, as he unofficially has three steals along with four assists and four points leading UW to a 35-29 lead with 4:49 left. UW has forced 11 Utah turnovers and looks like the quicker team.
HUSKIES TAKE LEAD WITH 10-0 RUN — UW is ahead 25-21 and Utah is cooling off. The Utes have hit just 3-9 since starting 6-6.
UTES AHEAD 18-15 — Utah has made 8-12 shots and holding UW to 5-12. Brockman is 3-3 so the rest of the team is 2-9.
UTAH STARTS OUT 6-6 — UW actually seems to be playing some decent defense, twice thwarting backdoor attempts by Utah. But the Utes have hit a couple of wide-open threes and gotten a couple shots inside from 7-1 Luke Nevill to take a 14-9 lead.
SAME STARTING LINEUP — as last night for UW.
Tip off isn’t actually until 7:50, so the game is still a few minutes away.
I’ll try to check in here with some notes and observations as often as I can but deadlines will also mean I have to devote a lot of time to regular duties tonight, as well.
But feel free to chip in with your own comments and I’ll chip in my own as much as I can.

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