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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 12, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Cal game thread

OUCH — That’s a heartbreaker there as Anderson scores his 16th point of the half and 22nd of the game on that three-pointer. The Huskies played well without their leader but appear destined to lose and will now need a call from the NIT or CBI to prolong the season.
PONDEXTER WITH SEASON-HIGH — He has 21 points right now, his most this year. UW trails 79-76 with 2:16 left.
CAL LEADS REBOUNDS 33-25 — UW is actually outrebounding Cal by one so far this half, but it feels like the Bears are getting a number of key boards that maybe the Huskies would get if Brockman were around.
CAL SCORES 16 IN A ROW — Before the Huskies stop the bleeding. Cal leads 59-57 with 11:37 left. UW had four turnovers and went 0-3 from the field and missed two free throws during Cal’s run.
CAL RIGHT BACK WITH 9-0 RUN — To make it 55-52 with 14:49 to play. Can’t say it’s not entertaining.
HUSKIES START HALF ON 13-3 RUN — Appleby has hit three three-pointers in the first 2:30 of the second half to give UW its biggest lead at 53-41. Huskies are in control at the moment.
SOME HALFTIME THOUGHTS — The Huskies are being outrebounded 36-27, due, to be sure, to the absence of Brockman as well as the need to play a zone at times to mitigate foul trouble. Cal leads in second-chance points 14-6.
— Who would have thought Artem Wallace would have more points at the half than Ryan Anderson — 7-6?
— Pondexter is stepping up so far, leading UW with 11 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.
— Cal’s lack of pressure again is helping the Huskies be careful with the ball. UW has just three turnoverse.
— Cal again holds a lead at the line, going 11-13 to UW’s 5-8.
HUSKIES LEAD 40-38 AT HALF — The Huskies have held the lead most of the way here so far, as much as seven a couple of times and now down to two. Pondexter has 11 points to lead what has been a team effort. The surprise is Appleby wiith zero points, going 0-4. UW will need more than that from him the rest of the way to pull this one off. Joel Smith has had some nice moments off the bench and Artem Wallace has done a good job on Ryan Anderson making him work hard for his six points.
EIGHT HUSKIES HAVE SCORED — They needed a team effort without Brockman and so far that’s what they are getting as all 10 players here have seen significant action, and eight have scored as UW has taken a 38-32 lead with 3:42 left.
A GAME OF RUNS — Cal’s 7-0 run was quickly answered by a 9-0 run by the Huskies, who have taken a 26-20 lead. Pondexter has nine points in continuing his late-season drive.
HUSKIES ON 14-5 RUN — After a 6-1 Cal start, the Huskies have dominated, going on a 14-5 run to take a 15-11 lead. One problem is fouls — UW already has five, four among the team’s three big men. UW has gone to a 2-3 zone to try to mitigate the fouls.
TIED AT FIRST TIMEOUT — It’s 6-6 with 15:49 to go. UW missed its first five shots by my count but has made the last two, including a three from Quincy Pondexter who again looks aggressive. He’s tried three shots, missing on two post-ups inside, and almost had a steal. DeVon Hardin didn’t start for Cal as the Bears went with the same lineup that went against UCLA.
BROCKMAN IN UNIFORM — The Huskies just took the floor and Brockman is in uniform and has his shoes on, with heavy tape on the left foot. But he is limping noticeably as he walks with a UW trainer. Now he is standing on the sidelines as the Huskies go through the layup lane, slapping hands with each player that goes by. As noted earlier, he has played in every game in his three years at UW and the only start he missed was on Senior Day in 2006.
PRE-GAME — I’m set up at press row, watching the Bears and UW go through early warmups.
And there is no Jon Brockman in sight as he has been officially ruled out for the game and is likely not to even bother suiting up.
“He’d like to go, but he’s not going to be able to,” said one UW official.
Brockman took off the boot and tried to practice a little during the team’s shootaround today at Pauley Pavilion but was unable to do much. He’s likely out for as long as the Huskies are here.
The team remains upbeat, however. When the players got to Pauley, Justin Dentmon grabbed a ball and headed to one end of the court, attempting to replicate the shot Josh Shipp hit on Saturday. It apparently took him only three tries before he made it.
Right now, the Huskies might take being in position to have a game-winning shot against the Bears tonight.

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