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March 19, 2008 at 5:56 PM

Valpo game thread

CAN UW WIN A CLOSE ONE? — As I wrote earlier today, UW is 2-6 in games decided by four points or less this season. This one looks headed that way with Valpo leading 72-71 but UW holding the ball with 1:40 to play.
VALPO PLUS 10 LOOKS LIKE A GOOD BET RIGHT NOW — The Crusaders continue to lead at 68-64 with 4:25 left. Valpo has hit 14-27 shots this half.
VALPO CLINGING TO LEAD — So who knew Bryan Bouchie would be the star of this game? The freshman has 20 points in keeping Valpo ahead, at 58-56 with 7:37 to go. Brockman came back in the game with 10:47 and has 16 points and seven rebounds. But UW is again killing itself at the FT line going 9-18, Pondexter missing both after he was fouled when Valpo was called for an intentional foul. UW got no points out of the sequence.
QUESTION ON OFFICIALS — They are indeed from the West Coast Conference.
NERVOUS TIME — Valpo isn’t going away and with 12:23 to go it is still a tie game at 48. Brockman has sat the last four minutes as Romar may be saving him now for the stretch run. Huskies are in a 2-3 zone at the moment, the defense they have often used of late when Wolfinger is in the game. With Wallace out, UW needs minutes from Wolfinger and MBA.
TIED AT 42 — With 15:54 to play. Some ragged play throughout this game as Valpo has 11 TOs and UW nine. Ryan Appleby is 0-4 and scoreless and back on the bench in favor of Dentmon, who is playing well with nine points and two steals.
BROCKMAN STARTS SECOND HALF — With Wallace out, Brockman is back in the starting lineup, Pondexter also remaining in the lineup.
WALLACE WON’T RETURN — We’ve gotten word that Wallace won’t return with the knee injury suffered early in the game, which seemed obvious as he needed crutches to get to and from the bench with an ice bag covering his knee. He will have the knee examined after the game to determine the extent of the injury.
HUSKIES UP 36-33 AT HALF — UW overcome a five-point deficit to take a three-point lead at the half thanks to 14 points from Brockman, who after shaking off the rust looks back in mid-season form. He has hit 6-8 shots and also has five rebounds. Dentmon has nine points for UW and Pondexter six along with five rebounds and three assists. UW is also getting a good game from Joel Smith who has two points, on a soaring dunk, and three assists off the bench. Bouchie leads all scorers with 15, tying his most for a game since Dec. 8. Valpo’s leading scorer, Shawn Huff, is scoreless, going 0-2. It’s a little strange here with so many empty seats, but the Huskies appear to be providing their own energy at the moment.
VALPO LEADS 26-24 — Brockman is playing well — he now has seven points and four rebounds. But the Crusaders continue to lead having hit 4-11 three-pointers and getting 11 points from freshman center Bryan Bouchie. Justin Dentmon leads UW with 9.
TIED AT 19 — With 7:31 to play. Brockman went out briefly then came back in and he has led UW back from a five-point deficit with two assists and three points.
BROCKMAN GETS REBOUND — Brockman got a rebound on his first play on the floor, but he looks a little slow getting up and down the floor, and worth noting that not having practiced or played since March 8 his conditioning is likely affected a bit. He missed a short shot the one time he got the ball close to the basket. It’s 10-9 UW with 11:55 left.
BROCKMAN IN — Brockman is in the game with 13:35 to play, eliciting the loudest ovation so far.
COLD SHOOTING EARLY — UW is 1-6 and Valpo 2-8 at the first media time out. Valpo holds a 4-2 lead. The Dawg Pack has filled in better and looks about 50-60 percent full. Otherwise, there may not be 4,000 people here.
WALLACE INJURED — Artem Wallace crumpled to the ground here with 18:33 to go in the first half, holding his right knee. He was then taken immediately to the locker room with an apparent knee injury. It’s 4-0 Valpo.
FOUR MINUTES TO TIP — The final total of tickets sold prior to the game was 2,200 and it’s not looking like there will be a huge walk-up. At the moment, a final crowd of 4,000 may be on the high side. It’s definitely a strange atmosphere here with such an empty house.

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