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Husky Men's Basketball

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

January 17, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Oregon game thread

HUSKIES HANG ON — A huge win for the Huskies, who had no margin for error left if they are going to make much of this season. UW never trailed the last 27 minutes of this game, getting into an early offensive groove and then hanging on. The big key was a rebound game from Appleby, who hit 5-10 three-pointers and scored 19 points after being held scoreless last week in LA. More after the game.
CAN THE HUSKIES HANG ON? — UW is now up six with 40.4 seconds to go and will have to hit a few free throws to seal the deal.
FTS NO LONGER FALLING — UW may end up right at its FT average, after all. After making five of the first six, UW is now 10-16 from the FT line. UW leads 66-60 with 4:21 left.
SLOWING TO A CRAWL — UW has just 17 points through the first 12:40 of this half after scoring that many in the first 6:40 of the first half. But the Huskies continue to hold a lead as Oregon isn’t doing any better. It’s 61-54 with 7:20 left. Both teams are now shooting under 44 percent for the game.
HUSKIES STILL UP — It’s 55-49 UW with 11:12 to play. MBA continues to see major time for the Huskies, hitting another nifty hook shot in this half — he now has six points for the game — as he is looking more confident in the post with every possession.
SLOPPY BEGINNING — As great a start as this game had is about as ragged a start as there has been to the second half. UW is 2-8 and Oregon 1-6 as we sit at a time out with 15:36 to play. UW holds a 48-41 lead but Oregon is at the line.
JOHNNY DUROCHER IN THE HOUSE — Also here tonight is former UW QB Johnny DuRocher, who also spent two years at Oregon, meaning he can watch both of his former schools here tonight. He seems to be wearing neutral colors though he’s with someone wearing a Husky hat.
HUSKIES UP 44-39 AT HALF — The game slowed down a bit after its breakneck beginning — a 17-17 tie at the 14:25 mark. But the faster pace seems to suit UW as the Huskies have looked like their old selves most of the half, hitting 18-35 shots. Brockman leads UW with 13 points while Overton and Appleby have added eight each, Overton becoming that other threat the team needs, looking often to the hoop and taking a team-high seven shots.
A few other notes:
— UW has hit 5-6 FTs to 0-2 for Oregon, a rare time this year the Huskies have won the FT battle even for a half.
— UW is outrebounding Oregon 22-15.
— Oregon’s Tajuan Porter is a little out of control, going 2-9 from the floor.
— Maarty Leunen and Malik Hairston are keeping Oregon in it scoring 13 and 11 respectively.
— Appleby didn’t score the last 14 minutes after Oregon put Kamyron Brown on him — Bryce Taylor had the initial duty.
— Tim Morris had a quietly productive half with six points, four rebounds and four assists.
VERY ENTERTAINING GAME SO FAR — Maybe the most exciting half of the year so far, save for maybe the Pitt game. UW has gotten a lift the last few minutes from freshmen Venoy Overton (six points) and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (four and a good block of a Mitch Platt layin attempt). UW leads 32-29 with 6:41 left.
DAMON HUARD IS ALSO HERE — Sitting about three rows back across from the benches with his son wearing a Jake Locker jersey. Makes you wonder if there may not be a second generation of Huards playing QB for UW in about 15-20 years.
THE DROUGHT IS OVER — Ryan Appleby is back hitting two three-pointers and a short jumper in the first six minutes of this game as the two teams are off to a breakneck start — it’s 17 all with 14:25 remaining.
OR MAYBE NOT — The lineup I wrote about below was entered on the official stat screen, but the Huskies are still going with Appleby instead of Dentmon, so this is actually the same lineup that started the USC game.
LINEUP TWEAKED — UW has unveiled yet another lineup for this game with Ryan Appleby back to the bench. So the three guards are Justin Dentmon, Venoy Overton and Tim Morris with Jon Brockman and Artem Wallace up front.
LATE-ARRIVING CROWD — The Dawg Pack may be here but many others are not — with about seven minutes to go to tipoff the place feels about half-full. The early start time probably is a reason, but there also were still tickets available today with the recent losing surely dampening the enthusiasm for this season a bit.
TONY WROTEN JR. IN THE HOUSE — He’s sitting behind the Husky bench wearing what look like Florida Gators colors. This is at least the second game he’s been to this season, I’m told.
OSU GAME TIME SET — Also, tipoff for the game at Oregon State Feb. 16 has been set for 4 p.m.
PRE-GAME — About an hour before tipoff and the student section is pretty much packed, a few wearing sombreros, a reference to a several-years-old- now Ernie Kent incident that may be about to have run its course in terms of hazing value.
That said, I’m anticipating a full-throated crowd here tonight, which is what the Huskies may need to put some life back into their season.
This team pretty much fell apart in the last 10 minutes at USC last Saturday and needs to get some confidence back — not to mention simply winning a game.
I wrote earlier today that this could be a game for Quincy Pondexter to break out, yet again. Seems like we’ve written about five times this season that Pondexter had broken out or was on the verge of breaking out. Lorenzo Romar seems to still believe it’s coming, pointing to the 27 shots Pondexter took on the LA trip.
“He wasn’t able to put the ball in the basket as much, but he has turned the corner in terms of being assertive and aggressive on offense,” Romar said. “He got a lot of shots over the last two games and very few of them were forced shots, and that’s a good thing.”
That will be one of the intruiging questions of tonight, to see if that continues. Pondexter has been kind of one-steps forward, one-and-a-half back all season. He needs to keep going forward for the Huskies to win this one tonight.

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