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November 6, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Western Washington game thread

END OF LIVE GAME THREAD — UW is ahead 98-74 with 2:39 left and I now have to do other stuff so the live game thread will end here. But I’ll have some notes and quotes afterward.
UW NOW UP 94-65 — This is turning into a real rout now as Thomas hit a long three to give him 27 points for the night, then had a nice half-court feed to Dentmon for another open three-pointer.
MBA BRINGS DOWN HOUSE WITH BASELINE JAM — The loudest roar of the night came when Bryan-Amaning drove down the baseline and up and under for a reverse jam that left him stumbling off-balance back down the court. UW is up 77-55 with just under nine minutes.
UW HANGING STEADY — Huskies are up 67-47 with 11:47 to play as Western has hit a couple of long threes to keep the lead from getting too large.
HUSKIES UP 58-38 — At the first media TO of the second half with 15:33 to play. Thomas has 17 points and Brockman 14 to lead the Huskies.
THOMAS IS UP TO 16 POINTS — At the 17:52 mark of the second half after a nice one-handed scoop in the lane. He also just turned in a nice pass to Brockman for a bucket down low.
A FEW MORE OBSERVATIONS — UW is 10-15 on free throws, with Thomas having three of the misses, so definitely better. I talked with one knowledgable observer who concluded the team has more athleticism, is able to force the tempo more, but wonders what happens when opponents might pack it in. UW is 4-12 on three-pointers Dentmon hitting 3-4. UW has forced 13 turnovers and has a 31-19 edge in rebounding.
HUSKIES AHEAD 50-27 AT HALFTIME — No real surprises in UW’s scoring — Brockman and Dentmon have 11 each and Thomas 12 (they updated the stats after I wrote this initially). UW ended the half on a 14-2 run to turn it into a rout after Western made a little run to get back into it. UW’s edge in athleticism is taking its toll on Western as the Huskies forced two straight turnovers that led to buckets late in the half.
UW UP 38-25 — At the under-four timeout at 2:52. Western went on an 8-0 run to get back within some semblance of reach as the Huskies had a young lineup out there with Overton, Holiday, Turner, MBA and Pondexter. Brockman is coming back in. MBA just scored his first two points on a back-down hook from about five feet.
HUSKIES UP 32-17 — With 7:26 left. Thomas is living up to all the hype with a game-high 10 points. He also just unfurled a nice no-look pass cross court to Dentmon, who unfortunately drove and missed the shot. Scott Suggs came in the game around the 9-minute mark leaving Wallace as the only Husky not to see action.
HUSKIES UP 27-12 — Thomas has hit another couple drives into the lane and now has a team-high seven points as the Huskies are beginning to break it open. UW is 4-8 on free throws, however, 2-6 after hitting the first two.
UW UP 20-10 AT SECOND TIMEOUT — With 11:20 left in the first half. Thomas has five points, the last two coming on a little drive and floater in the lane. The Huskies are forcing the tempo by defending out high on almost every possession. Abdul Gaddy is in attendance and the fans just gave him the “Ab-dul Gad-dy” clap-clap-clap cheer.
TURNER HITS FIRST THREE — Elston Turner is in the game and his first shot as a Husky was one he’ll likely attempt a lot — a three-pointer curling off a screen. It hit nothing but net to put UW ahead 17-7. Joe Wolfinger is also in meaning the last two Huskies on the bench are Scott Suggs and Artem Wallace.
UW UP 12-7 AT THE FIRST TIME OUT — As advertised, it’s a pretty frenetic pace so far. UW is 4-8 shooting and Western 3-8.
FIRST THREE SUBS IN — Were Turner, MBA and Overton for Dentmon, Gant and Thomas. It’s 12-5 UW at the 16:30 mark.
UW TAKES 8-2 LEAD — Thomas hits an FT, Pondexter a step-back J from about 17 and then Dentmon a three-pointer as UW takes an 8-2 lead to force Western to call a time out. A good start for the Huskies.
BROCKMAN HITS FIRST TWO FREE THROWS — A good start at the line as Brockman hits his first two of the season after getting fouled inside. Gant won the tip for the Huskies.
THOMAS GETS LOUD APPLAUSE — As the starting lineups were announced, Isaiah Thomas appeared to get the loudest spontaneous roar. A lot of pent-up excitement to see this guy.
GANT GETS START FOR HUSKIES — The starting lineup is the four as advertised plus Darnell Gant, who has evidently moved ahead of Matthew Bryan-Amaning in the rotation.
PRE-GAME — It’s about a half-hour to tipoff and it’s a pretty sparse house at the moment. An exhibition game and lousy weather will likely mean a less-than-full house tonight.
But one person who is here is former Husky coach Marv Harshman, who just walked through the tunnel on the way to his normal seat behind the basket near the UW bench, though he hasn’t made it all the way yet, stopped by a well-wisher and deep in conversation.
Western has just taken the floor with 28 minutes to go to tip off and among the Vikings in uniform is 7-foot center David Vanderjagt, who had been listed as day-to-day but likely out with a sprained ankle. He is a junior transfer from Montana. We’ll see if he plays.
As always, I will try to update this as often as I can during the game.

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