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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 8, 2008 at 3:48 PM

WSU game thread

WOW, WHAT A GAME — A great game, regardless of what side you were on. More later.
DOUBLE OVERTIME — UW had some chances to put it away there but instead the Cougars force another OT. Deadline duties are keeping me away from contributing much here but I’ll have lots more later.
OVERTIME — UW hadn’t really played a lot of barnburners this season so maybe it makes sense this one would go to OT. Huskies haven’t had an OT game all season. Hard to tell who has the mo here — UW blew a four-point lead, but Cougars blew two golden chances to win it there at the end.
HUSKIES HIT DROUGHT — WSU has a 46-42 lead with 6:50 left as UW hasn’t scored a field goal since the 12:05 mark. UW has gone 0-4 with three turnovers, two for shot clock violations, in that span.
HUSKIES RECLAIM LEAD — UW leads 41-40 with 11:16 left and the Huskies have the ball. Those who took the Cougars and gave the nine might be getting a little nervous. On the other hand, UCLA pulled out one of the most amazing nine-point covers ever seen on Thursday night showing again why I can’t believe anyone makes any money betting basketball.
PONDEXTER STRUGGLING — Quincy Pondexter played well here a year ago, with 16 points. But he’s struggling today with no points, three fouls and three turnovers in nine minutes. It’s 37-34 WSU with 15:49 to go.
SOME HALFTIME NUMBERS — UW is outrebounding WSU 24-13. UW is 11-29 shooting, WSU 11-26. Weaver leads all scorers with nine points while Appleby has eight for the Huskies.
COUGS END HALF ON 10-0 RUN —- To take a 30-26 lead into the break. The good for UW is that the Huskies are this close despite shooting just 11-28. The bad is the Cougars were equally ragged early but have rallied to take a little momentum.
COUGS CLOSE GAP — UW might have missed a real opportunity there to bust out to a significant lead with the Cougars ice cold. UW could have gone up seven with an open three-pointer by Dentmon. Instead he missed and it’s now a one-point game, 26-25 with 2:07 left.
HUSKIES ON 13-5 RUN — UW has taken the lead 22-18, causing the Cougars to call a time out with 5:15 to play in the first half. Appleby has eight points and is playing his best game against the Cougs.
ROMAR PARTICULARLY ANIMATED — Lorenzo Romar seems particularly heated on the sidelines today, surely sick of losing to the Cougars. When Bryan-Amaning missed a box out that led to a foul and two Cougar points, Romar could be heard yelling at MBA “that’s on you, box out” even from up here in the press section, which is above the student section. Huskies are hanging tough, down 15-13 with 10:09 to go in the first half.
COUGS START ALL FIVE SENIORS — Tony Bennett hadn’t said how he would play little-used seniors Chris Henry and Jeremy Cross today. Ultimately, he decided to start them, and the Cougs looked a little out-of-sync early, as UW led 7-2. But WSU has a regular lineup in now and has closed to 7-6.
BEAVERS LOSE — So the best the Huskies can do now is seventh. That’s a good prize, however, as it means a game with Oregon State in the first round instead of Cal. So that’s what is now at stake. To repeat, if the Huskies win they get the No. 7 seed since either Oregon or Arizona will lose today and UW has the tiebreaker on both
GANT IN UNIFORM — UW freshman forward Darnell Gant is in uniform for today’s game, but he won’t play. He has not made many road trips this season, preferring to stay home to concentrate on academics and also saying he wanted to save that for when he is an active player next year. But he decided to make this one since it’s a quick trip — UW took a late afternoon flight — and also decided to put on a uniform and go through warmups to get a little feel of a gameday atmosphere. It’s the first time this year he has sat on the bench in uniform. He’s allowed to do so since he is a redshirt by choice, meaning he is eligible to play this year but is choosing not to (transfers don’t have such an option).
LOTS OF EMPTY SEATS IN STUDENT SECTION — As WSU officials feared, there appear to be a lot of empty seats in the student section, one student telling me this is one of the worst turnouts of the Pac-10 season. The reason is that WSU’s spring break has already started with many students heading out of town as early as Wednesday. There are 5,300 seats reserved here for students. Students here may be in danger of losing some of those as school officials see them open for big games like this, when tickets sold out. The tangible impact for UW could be a slightly less intimidating environment, though I think it will still be tough enough.
HUSKIES CLINCH EIGHTH — UCLA’s amazing, and sure-to-be controversial, comeback win against Cal assures that the Huskies will finish no worse than eighth.
The question now is if the Huskies can do better. With a win today and an ASU win, they will finish seventh, and a win and an Oregon State win would put them in sixth.
And look it here. As I write this, the Beavers are down just two with 11 minutes to play. So the Huskies could have a lot to play for today.
If the Huskies lose this game, they are assured of being the eighth seed in the conference tournament and facing Cal Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the opening round at Staples Center.

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