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November 21, 2007 at 4:07 PM

Texas A&M game thread

WRAPPING IT UP: I’m signing off for now. Here’s a game story that recaps what happened as the Huskies lost 77-63 to Texas A&M in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off tonight.
DOLLAR COMMENTS: Assistant Cameron Dollar was the guest on the radio. Here are some highlights:
Overall thoughts: — “Experience definitely won out. It’s early in the year, they are very seasoned, a Sweet 16 last year. Their two guards played very well, they pretty much did whatever they wanted to do, Kirk and Sloan, we didn’t do a good job of guarding them or pressuring them or containing them at all.”
On what went right in the first half: “We were very active early, got some stuff done and they went away from what they normally do which is pound it inside.”
On the Aggies packing it in in the second half and making UW shoot jumpers: — “We definitely went dry, especially shooting quick and not really getting a lot of ball movement and playing inside out. We really would have been able to get easier shots but when you’re taking tough ones and not the greatest anyway, that’s a bad combination.”
On the team getting experience: “You want to grow and learn from these games this atmosphere, so we definitely want to make sure we get our share of it.”
On Brockman seeming to wear down late: — We wore down. If we can execute and swing the ball side to side and be able to play off of Jon when he’s not scoring, the easier it will be for us on offense. … They came into the game they wanted to wear him down they put multiple bodies on him and frankly being the only rebounder, grinding it out, you wear down. We’ve got to get him more help, more rest.”
On what the game made him think about the team: — “We knew that other than Jon we needed someone to hit that glass hard, we knew our guard play with Overton looking spectacular at times but still being a pup, it’s going to take time to mature, and not having Appleby is a key to not being able to stretch the defense. It more solidified what we thought. We played well in stretches and defended well in stretches but we did not rebound at all, when you do that, you get what you get.”
On when Appleby may be back: — “Around mid-December he will be back.”
DENTMON COMMENTS AFTER THE GAME: Justin Dentmon was the player guest on the radio and these were some of his comments:
On the final six minutes: — “Their guards went off and made some big shots and we couldn’t seem to find the hole on the basket. … I think the leadership of their seniors came into play we didn’t step up our level of play when adversity hit and that’s something we need to work on.”
On going to the zone: — “The zone was really to get more rebounds because they were beating us up on the boards. Their guards hit some big shots. We didn’t think they were shooters but they knocked some big shots down.”
On getting early turnovers: “We were making their bigs bring it up when, their point guard couldn’t bring it up made them run a different offense than they wanted to.”
On the inability to get the ball to Brockman in the second half: “We tried to get it to him but they were doubling, when they were doubling that left us shooting jumpers and we weren’t converting.”
UW LOSES 77-63 —- Brockman had 13 points in the first half, eight in the second.
— UW was outscored 45-27 in the second half.
— The Huskies were 10-42 shooting in the second half and 2-13 on three-pointers.
— UW also forced just three turnovers in the second half after getting 12 in the first half.
UW MORE THAN FIVE MINUTES WITHOUT FIELD GOAL — UW scored its 54th point on a three-pointer by Wolfinger at the 7:17 mark. They didn’t get another FG until the 1:42 mark from Dentmon.
MISSING APPLEBY — I think the Huskies are really missing him in this second half. Joe Wolfinger has all, well both, of UW’s three-pointers so far.
THE 30-30 UPDATE SHOULD BE BANNED — Don’t shrink a live game, ever, should be written into the Constitution.
AGGIES TAKE LEAD — The Aggies used an 8-0 lead to take the lead in part on the strength of a 28-22 rebounding edge. UW outrebounded teams an average of 38-29 last year.
UW LEADS 36-32 AT THE HALF — All the talk about UW being quicker, more athletic and better defensively on the perimeter was on evidence in the first half of this one. Twice, Venoy Overton stopped fast breaks with his defense, once leading a fast break the other way (the huge slam by Brockman).
— This is by far the best Matthew Bryan-Amaning has looked with six points on 3-3 shooting, and simply looking more comfortable out there.
— Pondexter has two points and one rebound if the stats I’m seeing are correct, each coming on the same play when he got a rebound putback.
LAVIN SAYS HE’D BE SURPRISED IF UW NOT IN FIELD OF 65 — Analyst Steve Lavin is really impressed with the Huskies saying the personnel is a much better fit this year for what Romar wants to do.
HUSKIES REGAINING CONTROL — A lot of players contributing for UW in this one so far, given evidence again to the thought that this will be a deeper team.
A&M’S SIZE MAKING IMPACT — The Aggies have a 14-8 rebounding edge as I write this, the kind of disadvantage UW rarely has.
WOLFINGER AND WALLACE TOGETHER — The two are on the floor for some significant time midway through the first half and doing the inside-out game well with Wolfinger hitting a J.
A&M COLD EARLY — 1-9 shooting with nine turnovers in the early going for the Aggies. But UW has just a 9-3 lead out of that.
UW HAS 6-0 LEAD IN TURNOVERS — That’s a good sign.
SLOPPY EARLY — UW missed its first five shots, and this game definitely has that early-season feeling-out feel to it doesn’t it?
I’m not there, but I’m watching the game on TV and happy to chat a little as the game goes on, so I’ll start it here.



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