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Husky Men's Basketball

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

December 22, 2007 at 1:44 PM

Cal State-Northridge thread

UW TAKES IT 80-66 — The spread on this one was 15-and-a-half, so there was somebody somewhere probably cussing out UW’s inability to score in that last minute to leave the spread at 14. UW is now 7-4 and will take a few days off for the holidays before regathering to prepare for LSU. I’ll have some post-game reaction later.
HUSKIES BLOWING IT OPEN NOW — UW has gone on a 13-1 run to blow this game open, taking a 71-55 lead with 5:11 left. Three-point shooting has been huge as UW is 9-15 and that’s basically without Ryan Appleby who has played just a couple of minutes in the second half with back spasms and hasn’t scored today.
FREE THROW SHOOTING BETTER THIS HALF — After going 6-15 on free throws in the first half UW has made 7-8 in the second half to build a 58-51 lead with 7:54 left. UW has made 13-23 FTs for the game compared to 3-6 for the Matadors.
STILL A BATTLE — UW leads 49-44 with 12:32 left. Venoy Overton is having his best game in a while with 11 points, hitting three three-pointers.
CSUN BACK IN IT — The Matadors have started the half on a 7-0 run to close the gap to 42-40. UW is 0-4 shooting and has two turnovers to start the half.
APPLEBY BACK — He’s shrugging off back spasms and is back in the starting lineup for the second half.
UW LEADS 42-33 AT THE HALF — It’s thanks mainly to 6-10 shooting on three-pointers — two each by Overton, Dentmon and Smith — a 22-14 rebounding edge. CSUN is just 2-10 on threes, both in the last two minutes of the half, keeping the Matadors relatively in it. UW has hit just 6-15 free throws as that continues to be a problem. And as for Cara Capuano, here is some info on her for the fan who was impressed by her job today.
APPLEBY BACK SPASMS — Ryan Appleby left the game suffering from back spasms and may not return.
UW PULLING AWAY — The Huskies have hit 5-7 threes to build a 27-16 lead and also have a 15-3 rebounding edge — it was 13-1.
HUSKIES SHOOTING WELL — UW has hit 7-11 field goals in pulling ahead 18-12. CSUN began the game in a 2-3 zone but the Huskies have been able to hit a few outside shots and the zone has also contributed to the fact that the Matadors aren’t getting any rebounds — UW has an 11-1 edge on the boards. CSUN is usually a pretty good rebounding team at plus-four per game for the season.
UGLY BEGINNING — A sloppy start here as UW has six turnovers, three on offensive fouls, and has gotten offense only from two Joel Smith three-pointers. It’s tied 6-6 as CSUN has hit 3-7 shots but has yet to get a rebound — the Huskies have a 7-0 rebounding advantage.
LOOKING AHEAD — UW will be at LSU a week from today, and that continues to look like a great opportunity for UW. LSU beat Oregon State today, but not without some struggles as the Tigers won just 67-61 (box score here) and was outrebounded 38-29 and held to 35 percent shooting.
PRE-GAME — I’ll just do one post for the game today, assuming a lot of you regulars may have something better to do.
For my story today I wrote about Artem Wallace and his rise from last man on the bench three weeks ago to starter. Also delved a little into his rocky season, which isn’t Wallace’s favorite topic but which he addresses without any defensiveness, unlike his game of late.
Also today is this notebook item from our Sonics writer Percy Allen on former UW assistant Eric Hughes, now working with the Toronto Raptors, who were in town last night.

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