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January 24, 2008 at 5:55 PM

ASU game thread

MORE LATER — I know have to go to interviews and other post-game stuff so the blog will take a hiatus for a little while.
ON THE OFFICIATING — I read the comments real fast that Rondeau said the officiating has been terrible. It’s certainly been ragged and inconsistent. The fans behind us at press row have been yelling at the refs all night long. But this is going to be one of those were the FTs turn out about even so not sure it really impacted one team more than the other tonight. This is one of those were everybody’s mad at them.
HUSKIES GET BIG ROAD WIN — UW is up 10 with 1:11 left and the fans are filing out as the Huskies appear on the way to victory. UW is now 3-3 in Pac-10 play and suddenly their goal of an NCAA tourney berth doesn’t seem so far-fetched. A long way to go, obviously, but three wins in eight days make it a lot more realistic.
APPLEBY SNAPS OUT OF IT — Appleby has hit two three-pointers, including one just a few seconds ago to put the Huskies up 60-50, his first road points of the Pac-10 season. UW has 3:21 left to hang on to get what would be its biggest win of the season and first road win against a ranked team since Jan. 14, 2006 at UCLA, Brandon Roy’s senior season.
HUSKIES GO UP NINE — Brockman’s up and under layin and ensuing free throw to complete a three-point play has UW up 56-47, its biggest lead of the game, with seven minutes leeft.
THE COACHES ARE REALLY INTO THIS ONE — It’s 50-45 UW with 9:18 left of what has been an intense game. UW’s coaches seem particularly animated. As Appleby shot a three on the last possession Cameron Dollar threw his hands in the air. Alas it missed.
HUSKIES BUILD BIGGEST LEAD — UW now leads 47-40 with 11:4 left with Quincy Pondexter coming to life in this half — he’s at the line to complete a three-point play and also is helping contain James Harden on the defensive end. ASU is 12-37 shooting and a crowd that isn’t as big as I thought it would be is growing restless.
APPLEBY STILL SCORELESS ON ROAD IN PAC-10 PLAY — He’s 0-3 for the game and has yet to score, after also not scoring at UCLA and USC. But the Huskies are clinging to a 38-34 lead as ASU can’t hit anything, either, now at 9-29. Huskies have cleaned up the TOs a bit, with eight at the break after losing four in the first five minutes.
HARDEN PLAYED 15 MINUTES IN THE FIRST HALF — And is starting the second half, so the groin doesn’t seem to be a real issue, though he still looks just a little less than 100 percent.
BROCKMAN HAS 10 AND 9 — Which obviously means he is just one rebound away from his 13th double-double of the season, fourth in a row and ninth in the past 10 games.
UW UP 32-30 AT HALFTIME — UW is ahead despite shooting just 11-32. ASU is just 8-27 and only 1-10 on three-pointers. Smith was the first half star for UW with nine points and three rebounds, but he also picked up three fouls and Justin Holiday played the last couple minutes of the half with Ryan Appleby also saddled with three fouls. After a bad start UW is 6-13 from the three-point line, which is what has UW ahead.
HUSKIES RETAKE THE LEAD — UW scored 12 in a row to retake the lead, and it currently has a 27-26 edge. We’re sitting courtside for this one and heard a funny exchange when a fan started making fun of Venoy Overton for letting out a yell after an ASU turnover. The fan got on Overton, who responded “I’ll talk to you after the game” as he dribbled the ball up court.
JOEL SMITH COMES ALIVE — UW was down 24-15 when Joel Smith got UW back in it. He hit two straight three-pointers (and has three for the game) and then made a nice pass to Jon Brockman for a layin to pull UW within 24-23.
HARDEN TAKING IT TO ‘EM — James Harden may not be healthy, but he’s putting a hurting on the Huskies just the same as he now has 12 points as ASU has taken a 22-15 lead. UW is really struggling to get much on the offensive end, now shooting 4-19 as ASU’s 2-3 zone is taking its toll. Romar has given all nine of the regulars in the rotation a good run but right now, UW is in danger of this game really getting away.
HUSKIES SETTLING FOR THREES — UW isn’t doing a good job against ASU’s zone at the moment, settling for long three-pointers — the last four shots have all been threes that missed. The frustration of coaches seems evident as a clipboard just came flying out of the UW huddle during a time out, apparently thrown by one of the coaches (couldn’t see who).
HARDEN SCORES FOUR EARLY — Harden scored four of ASU’s first six points and while he doesn’t look 100 percent, he looks good enough, making this game that much tougher for UW. One big challenge for the Huskies tonight is figuring out ASU’s 2-3 zone, and so far, UW is having some trouble. The Huskies have four turnovers at the 15:26 mark and are 2-6 shooting.
HARDEN TO START — We were just informed that James Harden is in the starting lineup for ASU. UW’s starting lineup remains the same as the last few games. ASU’s starters will be Harden, Ty Abbott, Jeff Pendergraph, Jamelle McMillan and Jerren Shipp.
MARCUS JOHNSON TO USC — We’ll start the game thread here by passing along this one bit of news we missed yesterday — former UConn guard Marcus Johnson, who at one point appeared headed to Oregon State, has instead transferred to USC. We reported here last week that Johnson also contacted UW but the Huskies don’t have room for any transfers right now.

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