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February 28, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Stanford game thread

STANFORD UP 73-65 — With 2:01 left, and it looks like the Cardinal will survive. This has been a gritty effort by the Huskies, the kind that might have won a few other games. But this is a tough team to beat down here.
HUSKIES STAYING IN IT — So maybe that oddmakers who said take the Huskies and the points knew what he was talking about. UW is within 62-59 with 6:14 left, playing an aggressive game on offense and taking it right at the Lopez twins. Brockman now has 18 points, having scored on nice moves past Robin Lopez on the last two tries down the court, and he will now be at the line. Not a lot of energy in the building with a lot of empty seats, and UW is taking advantage.
MORRIS FINALLY GETS HIS MOMENT — Tim Morris just stole a pass and raced for a dunk that had a little funk to it, his first points of the game. It drew a chorus of boos and a quick chant of “traitor.” UW is down 52-45 with 13:09 left.
UW KEEPING IT INTERESTING — Wolfinger just hit a three to pull UW within 45-41 with 16:14 left. Wolfinger is having maybe his best game of the season considering the circumstances. Pondexter is also playing well and leads UW with 11 points.
SOME HALFTIME NUMBERS — UW has a 17-15 rebounding edge on a Stanford team that leads the Pac-10 in rebounding margin at nine per game. Pondexter is playing one of his best games with nine points in 15 minutes in front of a few additonal friends and family up from Fresno. Stanford is 6-9 on three-pointers and UW 1-4. But the Cardinal didn’t make any in the last eight minutes.
CARDINAL UP 41-34 AT HALFTME — Huskies are giving a good effort. But Brook Lopez scored seven straight to end the half to keep Stanford ahead. UW closed it to seven with a Dentmon three with about two seconds left, UW’s only trey of the first half.
CARDINAL UP 34-25 — Prettiest play of the night just got UW back within single digits as Brockman took a long pass on a break from Overton and in one motion caught the ball and laid it in. Huskies seem to be trying hard, but those early three-pointers still have Stanford in control.
STANFORD UP 30-19 — Wolfinger played pretty well, and UW used a lineup with him and MBA for three or four minutes and the Huskies held their own during that time. The difference is Stanford hitting 6-9 three-pointers so far while UW doesn’t have any. Appleby can’t get open, closely defended by Anthony Goods. UW’s guards are pushing it hard at Stanford and that has created a few fast-break baskets. But those outside shots are killing UW.
QP GETS HUSKIES BACK INTO IT — UW was down 10 before Quincy Pondexter scored six straight for the Huskies go get UW within six. It’s now 20-11 and Stanford has the ball as the Cardinal is 4-6 at the three-point line. All 10 Huskies have already seen action as Joe Wolfinger was an early entry tonight, needed for defense against Stanford’s big guys. He didn’t play the last two games.
STANFORD UP 11-3 EARLY — The Cardinal has hit three three-pointers as the Huskies have been slow getting back in rotation, or doubling down inside. The Huskies are playing man and Brockman began the game on Brook Lopez. The crowd booed Tim Morris every time he had the ball — if you recall, Morris spent three years here before transferring. But he complied by immediately throwing the ball OB the first time he had the ball, then missing a shot the second time. He was then replaced.
FAMILIAR FACES — Former Huskies Todd MacCulloch and Chris Thompson are expected at the game. MacCulloch is in town with the 76ers, who play at Golden State tomorrow. He is now a radio announcer with the team. Thompson, a teammate on the 1998 team that went to the Sweet 16, apparently lives in the area now.
LATE-ARRIVING CROWD — This place will likely fill up, with Stanford ranked No. 8 in the country and just two home games left. But right now, with eight minutes to tip, it’s about half-full, save for the student section, which is packed.
NO TV TONIGHT — There’s no live TV for this one so I’ll try to pop in as much as I can here. The rest of UW’s games this year will have TV.
SUGGS SCORES 42 — We’ll start the game thread with a bit of good, if somewhat bittersweet, news. UW recruit Scott Suggs scored 42 points in a playoff game last night, drawing raves from all who saw him, according to this article. But his team lost, so his high school career is over.
Maybe they could fly him here quickly for tonight as the Huskies will need as much firepower as they can to win this one.

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