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Husky Men's Basketball

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

February 2, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Cal pre-game

HUSKIES LOSE SECOND STRAIGHT AT HOME — This one’s a killer as Cal is going to escape with a 79-75 win over the Huskies. UW will finish the first half of Pac-10 play at 3-6, and with five of nine on the road in the second half, a tough hole to dig out of from here. More later.
CROWD INTO IT — UW cut a nine-point lead to four just like that and the crowd got right back into it. Appleby has hit his last two three-pointers and now has 16 points on 6-18 shooting, 4-13 on threes.
HUSKIES IN TROUBLE NOW — Cal is up 67-59 with 5:54 left having gone on a 19-5 run to take command led by Anderson. Cal is also dominating the boards this half after UW had a 23-17 edge in the first half. Cal is outboarding UW 18-8 this half.
SLIPPING AWAY — Sorry for the absence. While Brockman was out, UW’s three point lead became a seven-point deficit as Anderson now has 33 and 15 for Cal, maybe the best performance here since Adam Morrison a few years ago.
UW UP 44-41 — That’s the good news. The bad is that Brockman picked up his fourth foul at the 16:17 mark and is likely out for 6-7 minutes or so.
HUSKIES WITH 14 OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS — Which is the biggest stat of all for UW so far. Wallace has five of those.
UW UP 33-28 AT HALF — And UW has a fairly unlikely hero in Wallace, who had no points and two rebounds in his last two games. He has nine and seven today, including a rebound putback on UW’s last possession of the half to give UW some momentum into the locker room.
A few other notes:
— Ryan Appleby is having a tough game at 1-9 and 1-8 on threes. UW is an amazing 1-15 on three-pointers in the first half.
— UW is staying in it with a 23-17 rebounding edge led by Wallace’s seven.
— Wallace is 4-5 shooting and Brockman 5-6. The rest of the team is 5-25.
— Everyone but Justin Holiday has played as Wolfinger got in for the last 2:42.
UW UP SEVEN — At 31-24, but Cal’s Ryan Anderson already has a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Artem Wallace having a good game as well with seven and six.
BROCKMAN GETS THIRD FOUL — So he’s likely out for the rest of the half at the 3:51 mark. The crowd booed as JB was called for reaching from behind to bat a pass away from Cal’s Harper Kamp. But Brockman is also a little to blame as he missed a free throw at the other end — Artem Wallace was at the desk ready to check in, likely for Brockman, had the free throw gone in. UW is up 26-22 but it’s a precarious lead.
HUSKIES CREEP AHEAD — And we mean creep, as nothing in this one has come easy. Joel Smith, who played a season-low five minutes Thursday, has come in to score five points to give UW an 18-13 lead. Cal is shooting 5-17 and is 3-15 since hitting its first two, looking like a team on the back end of this trip. Brockman picked up two fouls in a second and had to sit four about four minutes but is back in the game.
WILLINGHAM, EMMERT IN THE HOUSE — And sitting together, which may be the most interesting thing that has happened in this game so far. Tyrone Willingham walked in about five minutes into the game and then Mark Emmert came in a few minutes later and they shared a warm handshake and are talking animatedly like two old friends taking in a game. The game itself is pretty sluggish — Cal is 4-13 while UW is 6-15 and there is little flow. UW leads 13-11.
TIED EARLY — As Cal scored the first five points with ease it didn’t look like UW was any reader for this one than the other night. But UW scored the next seven, including an Appleby three after two offensive rebounds, showing some life. UW is in man defense and Artem Wallace doing a good job on Ryan Anderson so far. It’s 7-7 at 15:58.
PRE-GAME — A sleepy arena here as I type this with 13 minutes to go before tipoff. Right now, this has the feel of an Eastern Washington game in early December with UW reeling a bit and not exactly the most marquee of opponents in the house.
The first few minutes could tell a lot. There was much talk after the Stanford game of how the Huskies didn’t come out ready to play. UW coach Lorenzo Romar said he wasn’t overly concerned about it being a pattern because he thought it had only happened one other time this season — against Oregon State two weeks ago. That, however, is twice in the past four games if his read of that is accurate.
The crowd may not be the help it has been at times here in the past, so the Huskies will have to count on themselves to generate a lot of energy today.

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