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February 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

UCLA game thread

HUSKIES SHOW LIFE — The Huskies are going to hold on and get their biggest win of the year, one that may not mean much in terms of reaching a lot of goals but will definitely make it a lot easier to play the rest of the season. Back with more later.
UCLA ONE FG IN 10 MINUTES — Darren Collison’s three at the 2:00 mark was just UCLA’s second FG since the 12:45 mark.
UW DEFENSE HOLDING UP — All game the Huskies have been showing a quick trap of the point guard once he gets the ball across the midcourt line and it has obviously disrupted Collison, who remains scoreless, and also is helping UW hold UCLA to 19-55 shooting so far, 34.5 percent. UW leads 61-53 with 3:19 left.
HUSKIES STILL AHEAD — UW leads 56-50 with 6:58 left and the Huskies are likely to have to make some free throws at the end to win this one. UW is 11-17 at the line, but 0-3 of that is Artem Wallace who simply can’t make them right now. UW has a 34-31 rebounding edge thanks in no small part to 12 by Brockman. And Collison is amazingly still scoreless.
DENTMON DOMINATING — Justin Dentmon has 12 points and Collison zero, a big reason UW continues to lead, now up 51-42 with 10:54 to go. Collison was 2-15 here last year so he’s not feeling a lot of good vibes in this place right now.
CHAOS — These may be two of the Pac-10’s most highly-regarded refs but they are struggling a bit, mishandling a UW foul, though the end result was a bucket for the Huskies instead of two Artem Wallace free throws.
HOLIDAY COMING BACK IN — Josh Shipp leads all scorers with 15 points, six in the first four minutes of the second half, and Holiday is going to get a big-time opportunity here as he is ready to come back in the game to try to contain Shipp more than other Huskies have been able to do so far. UW still leads 41-36.
COLLISON STRUGGLING — UW still leads 39-32 and a big reason is the struggles of UCLA PG Darren Collison who has six TOs in the first half and just let his frustration spill over in getting a technical foul.
BRUINS BRING OUT THE STARS — Kevin Durant and Shawn Alexander are among the celebs here today. Alexander spent some of halftime talking with a few UW football coaches.
HUSKIES UP 35-28 AT HALFTIME — Believe it or not, this is UW’s largest halftime lead of the Pac-10 season and it’s well-deserved as UW has simply outworked UCLA so far. There have been some crazy turnovers — the Huskies have 10 for the half — but many have come out of an aggression sorely lacking in a lot of other games. Romar’s comment the other day that maybe the players are thinking too much must have sunk in a little as many players — Dentmon and Pondexter in particular — appear to be playing a lot more freely.
Dentmon and Appleby lead UW with eight points while Pondexter has seven. Brockman has just four but also has seven rebounds and sat out a while at the end after picking up his second foul. UCLA has nine turnovers and for most of the half had just three players scoring. The teams are now tied in rebounding at 19 as the Bruins picked up that part of things the last five minutes of the first half. The Bruins are 0-6 on three-pointers as the Huskies are playing some of their best defense of the season, and just 12-32 overall (37.5 percent).
True freshman Justin Holiday played the last 3:07 of the first half in seeing some of his most significant action of the season. He was put on Josh Shipp, who has scored nine points but didn’t get any against Holiday.
HEC ED IS ROCKING — Feels a little like a couple of years ago here as the Huskies lead 31-23 with 3:43. This is as loud as this place has been in a while as the Huskies are simply playing harder and more agressively than the Bruins. UW has an 18-11 edge in rebounds against a UCLA team that has a plus-10 rebounding edge in Pac-10 games.
LOVE SCORELESS — Kevin Love’s worst game of the Pac-10 season came against UW in Los Angeles, and he is again struggling against the Huskies. At the 6:34 mark he has no points on 0-3 shooting having just missed a point-blank putback. Artem Wallace has been on Love most of the game. UW leads 25-19.
HUSKIES PLAYING WELL — UW leads 23-17 with 8:05 left and is playing as well as it has since the win at Arizona State 17 days ago. It’s early, but this is the kind of response the team needed to show after the USC disaster.
HUSKIES BACK TO MAN — UW has been in a man defense the entire way and seems to have more life, holding UCLA to 6-14 shooting and in a 13-13 tie with 12:02 to go.
OVERTON GETS QUICK HOOK — Venoy Overton didn’t last long in this one. After driving to the hoop and getting stuffed and turning the ball over on UW’s first possession he was immediately taken out, lasting just 57 seconds. Justin Dentmon came in and hit a three-pointer that has UW within 8-7 at the first time out.
BOB SAPP IN THE HOUSE — Former UW football player Bob Sapp, who is in town preparing for a mixed martial arts fight in Tacoma in two weeks, is attending today’s game and sitting in the Dawg Pack section.
WILL HUSKIES PUNCH BACK? That’s the prevailing question surrounding this game today — will the Huskies fight back when adversity strikes today, as it inevitably will? That may be more important than the result — this will be a really tough game for the Huskies to win no matter how well they play. But the Huskies can show some grit and fire even in a loss.
Another thing that doesn’t help the Huskies much is that UCLA had an extra day off to rest for this one after playing at WSU Thursday night. The UCLA coaches also used the Friday night in Seattle to go to the Franklin–Garfield game and see Peyton Siva and Tony Wroten Jr.
The “A team” of Pac-10 officials is on hand for this one, with Dick Cartmell and Dave Libbey among the group.

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