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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

December 8, 2007 at 11:51 AM

Pitt game thread

THAT’S A TOUGH WAY TO LOSE — But it looks like the refs got it right on that one as Pitt wins 75-74. You can’t say they didn’t look at it long enough, either. That’s UW’s first home non-conference loss since Dec. 2003 against Gonzaga. More later.
PONDEXTER REAWAKENS — Pondexter has hit two threes in the last two minutes to keep UW in this one as it is Pitt 73-71 with 40.4 seconds left. UW has hit 10-22 three-pointers, its best this year other than the Long Beach State game (11-19).
PITT AHEAD 67-60 — With 4:43 left. Artem Wallace is having his best game of the season with six points but Quincy Pondexter is not with just two points on 1-6 shooting and at least four turnovers.
PANTHERS UP 60-54 —- Levance Fields and DeJuan Blair are leading Pitt right now, combining for 32 of the team’s 60 points overall and 13 of 26 this half. Pitt is now shooting 23-47 for the game after that 7-23 start.
PITT HOLDING ON — The Panthers hit 10-11 shots over the end of the first half andd beginning of the second to take a six-point lead. It’s now four at 53-49 and UW has the ball. Pitt guard Ronald Ramon is doing a better job on Appleby this half — he’d follow him to a parking lot at an Arby’s in Everett right now. Brockman has been stuck on 10 for a while as Pitt is double teaming him every time he gets the ball.
PITT TAKES LEAD — The Panthers have hit five of their first six shots to start the second half and take a 47-46 lead. UW went with the same starting lineup to the second half and got some payoff from Wolfinger as he hit a three and a jumper for five quick points.
UW LEADS 37-34 AT HALF — What a difference Ryan Appleby has made, hitting 4-5 three-pointers to lead the Huskies with 12 points. I’d expect he may be back in the starting lineup from this point. UW has just five turnovers and has held Pitt to 14-33 shooting, though the Panthers made seven of their last eigth to keep the game close after the Huskies opened up an eight-point lead. Pitt leads on the boards 22-14. UW is 6-12 on three-pointers to 2-5 for Pitt, which is the difference in this game right now.
HUSKIES HANGING ON — UW continues to lead, holding on to a 31-27 advantage with 2:53 left. Pitt is shooting 11-30. Artem Wallace is about to come into the game, maybe to help on the boards as the Panthers have a 20-14 rebounding edge. Brockman leads all scorers with 10, getting at least four points when he fought through double teams to score.
PITT’S SHOOTING THE PITS — The Panthers are just 7-25 shooting at the 6:54 mark of the first half as UW has built a 22-16 lead.UW has a lot to do with it as the Huskies are doing a nice job contesting everything. But Pitt has also missed about five putbacks, layins and dunks right at the rim. Pitt is outrebounding UW so far, 18-12.
APPLEBY BACK — Appleby returned to the game to a loud ovation at the 15:04 mark and it took him only 19 seconds to make his first three-pointer of the season, part of an 9-0 UW run that got the Huskies a six-point lead. Morris did a good job defensively on Pitt’s Sam Young before leaving at the 12-minute mark. There are a lot of football recruits sitting behind the bench, as well as a few coaches. Tyrone Willingham is in his usual seats two rows behind the basket near UW’s bench for the first time this season, with Charlie Baggett a row behind him. Chris Tormey is sitting with a number of the recruits as is Randy Hart.
UW PLAYING BETTER — At least statistically, as Pitt is 3-9 to start the game. But that includes a missed dunk and lay-in by Pitt’s DeJuan Blair, who is every bit the 6-7, 265 he is listed. Pitt has a 7-5 lead so far and a 2-0 edge in turnovers.
NEW STARTING LINEUP — The Huskies have decided to switch things up a bit, with Tim Morris in the starting lineup for Justin Dentmon and Joe Wolfinger for Quincy Pondexter. No injuries, apparently, but more about guys earning time by playing defense well in practice.
PRE-GAME — About 7 minutes to tipoff and there are a lot of empty seats. This is supposed to be a capacity crowd, so it will be interesting to see how many actually show up — maybe just a lot of late arrivers.
I wrote today about how this could be a quite different game than when the two teams met last year when Pitt won 65-61 in what was pretty much a slugfest with both teams trying to get the ball inside a lot. Both teams are a little more perimeter-oriented this year so the pace should be a little quicker.

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