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November 23, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Syracuse game thread

FORTIER COMMENTS — Here are a few quick comments from assistant Paul Fortier from the radio:
“You don’t want to come back this far and get two losses, especially in that fashion.”
He said the transition game hurt UW “especially early and when we got back in the game in the second half, another time when we were right there they would break and get a dunk … take those out and even with all the free throws they had in the first half we are in the game, we are up.”
On Quincy Pondexter getting 20 points and 13 rebounds: “We’ve been waiting for that. We know Quincy is a good player and he stepped up big time. He had (13) rebounds and we’ve been on him for that.”
On Venoy Overton: He’s just a freshman, and that’s no excuse there but at the same time he gets going and it’s tough to turn him down a little bit. But he opnes up so many things. Just have to (eliminate) the key fouls, especially away from the basket. Once he gets that he is going to be good.”
Overall: “We’ll be happier that we went through this expeience later on in the season. Right now the guys know we could have had that game. But it was a learning experience.”
Here’s a box score of the game that shows UW with a 52-26 rebounding edge, but also a 50-19 disadvantage at the free throw line. Hard to overcome that.
MBA MAKES A POINTABOUT APPLEBY — Bryan-Amaning said in the post-game interview that “as soon as Appleby gets back that will open up a lot of things for the big men.”
SYRACUSE HOLDS ON FOR THE WIN —- The good — a breakout game from Quincy Pondexter, with 20 points; a 54-33 rebounding edge.
The bad — 19 turnovers and 6-22 shooting from the 3-point line signifying even more clearly the need for Ryan Appleby.
THAT GOT UGLY IN A HURRY — 13 turnovers for UW has undone having a 26-16 rebounding advantage in the first half, and Jon Brockman has just one point going up against some quick, athletic big men for Syracuse. Joel Smith has four TOs and Brockman three, so it’s not just the young kids turning it over, as well. UW needs a good first five minutes of the second half to stay in this one.
HUSKIES OFF TO NICE START — 3-4 on threes and 16-5 edge in rebounds, two things UW struggled with against A&M. That’s added up to a 23-16 lead.
UW 10-1 IN REBOUNDS EARLY — Sounds like a message got through on that after UW was outrebounded the other night.
INTERESTING LINEUP SWITCH — So it’s Bryan-Amaning starting in place of Joel Smith, but Pondexter still in there.
PRE-GAME — The game is getting ready to begin.
Once again, I’m not there, with Steve Kelley covering. He’ll add some stuff later.
But for those who want to comment as the game goes on, you can do so here, and I’ll check in from time to time as well.

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