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December 29, 2007 at 11:50 AM

LSU game thread

BIG WIN FOR HUSKIES — UW wins this one 73-65 and holds on to get its first non-conference road win since Dec. 12, 2004 — strangely, that was the day UW announced the hiring of Tyrone Willingham as football coach, and this win comes on the day UCLA announces the hiring of Rick Neuheisel. More relevant, UW is now 8-4 and now takes a lot of momentum into the start of Pac-10 play (assuming it can get past Idaho State Monday). Quincy Pondexter was the key to this one with 17 points, 11 coming in the second half. It was the most aggressive he has played in a while. UW went with a small and experienced lineup in the second half — mostly Brockman, Dentmon, Morris, Smith, Pondexter and Appleby — which also seemed to make a difference.
HUSKIES PULLING AWAY — UW is now up 68-59 with 1:51 left and the crowd is beginning to file out. Two big steals by Tim Morris and Joel Smith in the last minute helped UW regroup after that little LSU run.
HEADED FOR A DRAMATIC FINISH? — UW built a 62-53 lead and had the ball with about 5:20 to go when some impatient play by the Huskies led to an LSU comeback that has now cut the lead to 62-59 with 3:54 left. Dentmon rushed a shot at about the 5:20 mark that missed, then had a pass stolen, each of which led to LSU baskets. The crowd is finally into it here for the first time all game, so UW is going to have to play tough these last four minutes to get this one.
WHAT A RUN FOR THE HUSKIES — UW was down 41-25 with 1:33 to go in the first half but now leads 61-53 with 6:42 left. So that’s a 36-12 run over about 15 minutes for the Huskies. Pondexter is playing his best game of the season as he now has 17 points on 8-15 shooting. Appleby has also hit a couple of three-pointers in transition.
STILL TIED — At 53 with 7:53 left. UW has gone with a smaller lineup most of this half with Joe Wolfinger not in there at all after playing nine minutes in the first half.
NOW IT’S TIED — UW took its first lead at 49-47 and is now in a 51-51 tie with 9:21 left. The basic answer is that UW is just playing better on defense this half — LSU is 4-14 shooting this half with four turnovers.
HUSKIES CLOSING FAST — UW has closed to 41-37 with 15:48 to go as LSU has missed its first five shots of the second half with Washington’s defense tightening up a lot since the first half.
LSU UP 41-27 AT HALFTIME — The stat that says it all is shooting — UW is 11-33 while LSU is 14-28. UW is 0-6 at the three-point line while LSU is 3-7. Appleby has just one three-point attempt as he’s having trouble getting anything off against some stiff LSU defense — Terry Martin, Garett Temple and Marcus Thornton have all played well defending him. Appleby has twiced faked and dribbled into the lane for shots, both of which he’s made, but LSU is likely content to give him that. LSU’s two inside guys — Chris Johnson and Anthony Randolph — are unstoppable right now. Johnson, a 6-11 JR, has 15 points and seven rebounds while Randolph, a freshman, has eight and eight. Johnson was a deep reserve last year who didn’t see any action against UW in Seattle. UW has used Joe Wolfinger more today than in a while to try to match up, but so far, nothing is working.
LSU UP 37-23 — The Huskies continue to trail, now shooting 9-30 to LSU’s 13-23. One positive is the play of Quincy Pondexer, who looks as active and aggressive as he has in a while, though he’s missed a couple of short shots and is just 3-9 from the field. Brockman is now on the bench with two fouls, both blocks that were classic “blarges,” — calls that could have gone either way but went against UW. LSU is 8-8 at the line, UW 5-6, for what it’s worth.
TED VALENTINE WORKING THE GAME — One of the officials today is Ted Valentine, who had a memorable faceoff with Bob Knight a few years ago. These are SEC officials today as Pac-10 officials worked the game last year in Seattle against LSU.
SHOOTING WOES CONTINUE — UW is now 3-16 shooting and isn’t playing real confidently on the offensive end of the floor. LSU’s height definitely seems to be making a difference on that end of the floor. UW has picked if up defensively forcing three turnovers on LSU’s last four possessions. Joe Wolfinger has seen his first non-garbage time playing time since the Pitt game in an attempt to match up with LSU’s height.
ROUGH START — As I wrote below, not a real road-type atmosphere here. You can hear sneakers squeaking, the ball bouncing, etc. So that shouldn’t be a real factor against UW today. What is so far is that LSU has made 7-11 shots while UW is 2-11. Ryan Appleby hasn’t gotten off a shot yet, closely guarded by Garrett Temple and maybe also hinedered by his back spasms. UW’s had a couple of open looks that simply haven’t gone down.
TIPOFF NEARING — The Pete Maravich Assembly Center seats 13,125, but looking like it won’t be anywhere near that for today’s game. Obviously, school is out so the student turnout seems minimal, and the atmosphere today likely nothing like it will be in a few weeks when LSU gets into SEC play. Closest Pac-10 comparision I would make to this place is Arizona’s McKale Center, though that place is always full.

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