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January 10, 2008 at 6:59 PM

UW-UCLA game thread

HUSKIES FALL TO UCLA — The final seconds are ticking off as I type this, and I know have to devote myself to other duties, but I’ll have more after the game. UW is now 9-6 overall and 0-2 in Pac-10 play and will have to win at USC Saturday to avoid a second straight year with an 0-3 conference start.
UCLA REGAINING CONTROL — UW got within 11 but the lead is back up to 63-47 as the Bruins have settled things down after Washington’s run. Quincy Pondexter also had some good moments in giving UW some life and Brockman has also emerged in this half leading UW with 16 points at the moment.
MBA, VENOY LEAD COMEBACK — The Huskies have made the score a little respectable, going on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 14 with a lineup featuring Venoy Overton and Matthew Bryan-Amaning. Obviously in games like this, the coaches begin trying new combinations that could lead to more moves in the future.
WALLACE WITH SIX IN A ROW — The lone bright spot so far is the play of Artem Wallace, who has a season-high nine points — his career-best is 12.
SOME UGLY HALFTIME NUMBERS — About as bad as my new mug on the top of this blog. UW has 11 turnovers and is shooting just 9-23. UW is also being outrebounded 16-12 and is again struggling at the line, going 4-8 to UCLA’s 12-13.
UCLA UP 41-23 AT THE HALF — That’s a 31-13 run in the last 12 minutes of the half to break this one open. The Bruins seemed to be toying with the Huskies there at the end as Venoy Overton tossed the ball to Darren Collison, who then led a fast break and flipped it to Westbrook for a layin as the half ended.
GETTING AWAY FROM THE HUSKIES — It’s 31-18 UCLA with 3:54 to go in the first half and the game is obviously beginning to get away from the Huskies. UCLA is on a 21-8 run after a 10-10 tie. UW has gotten a few baskets on backdoor lobs but otherwise is really struggling on offense, shooting 7-20. UCLA seems to be trying to take out Appleby and Brockman and make the other guys beat them, and so far it’s working.
WESTBROOK HARASSING APPLEBY — Ryan Appleby is 0-2, both pretty hurried attempts, as he is struggling to get open against the defense of Russell Westbrook, who is emerging as one of the most improved players around this season.
PRETTY QUIET IN HERE — Despite its exalted reputation as the house that Wooden built, the reality is that Pauley Pavilion often feels like just another gym — the endline seats are way too far away. And it’s pretty quiet in here tonight with a lot of empty seats. Not real intimidating in terms of the environment.
TAKING OUT BROCKMAN — UCLA really seems to be coming at Jon Brockman hard with double teams, right now bringing down James Keefe to guard him along with Kevin Love, who has the primary duty.
NEUHEISEL IN THE HOUSE — Former UW football coach Rick Neuheisel, now the head coach here, is in attendance. It is the first game since he was named head coach and he’s shaking a lot of hands.
DENTMON TO START — I’ll start the game thread with a little piece of news — Justin Dentmon has returned to the starting lineup, taking the place of Joel Smith. Dentmon had expressed some mild discontent a few days ago about not starting. Smith didn’t have much of a game against WSU Saturday, going 0-1 in just eight minutes.

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