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November 18, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Cleveland State game thread

IT’S BENCHING EXPLAINED — Players afterward talked about Romar having a tight leash tonight. Here’s how tight it was — Isaiah Thomas began the game on the bench after being late to the court by one minute for the pre-game warmup. Thomas said he was still in the trainer’s room getting taped. “Exactly one minute,” he said. “‘But it was my fault.”
Romar said it wasn’t a disciplinary move but “just a reminder.”
ONE LAST NOTE — CSU cut the UW’s lead to 56-53 in the second half. Washington outscored the Vikings 22-10 for the remainder of the game.
SOME QUICK STATS — Brockman led all scoreres with 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting. He also had a game-high 13 rebounds. Pondexter scored 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Joe Wolfinger finished with 12 points off the bench. Thomas had 8 points on 2-for-11 shooting. UW committed 18 turnovers. It was 18 for 29 from the line (62.1 percent) and 2-12 on three-pointers (16.7 percent). Washington had 58 rebounds, which is four more than their best game last season. CSU shot 31.4 percent from the field (22 of 70). Cole led the Vikings with 20 points.
NOW IT’S OVER — UW 78-63.
IT AINT OVER, BUT IT’S OVER — Brockman has just checked out with 1:34 left. Washington will win it’s first game. UW is up 77-63.
VIKINGS ARE FADING — After a push to make it a game, CSU looks tired and UW is wearing them down. Washington is up 73-58 with 4:09 left.
BROCKMAN TO THE RESCUE — UW is taking control again. Brockman is taking over again. He’s getting help from Dentmon who is getting into the lane and finding the big man for easy baskets.
OVERTON FOULS OUT — He was just overaggressive on defense and knocked a CSU player to the floor. Dentmon checks in. UW leads 63-55 with 8:14 left. Overton was 0-for-3 for three points, 1 assists and 1 rebund.
THOMAS MAKES A SHOT — It’s a big one. He sank a three-pointer from the corner that gives the UW a 61-53 lead. CSU also fouled on the play, which sent Brockman to the line. He sank both for the 5-point play. UW leads 63-53.
VIKES ARE IN THE BONUS — With 9;41 left. UW leads 58-53.
OBSERVATION ON THOMAS — He’s learning how to lead a team. It’s obvious that he’s not adept at directing a team right now, which is expected because he’s playing his second collegiate game. Still, so much was expected of him and UW appears to be more poised when Overton or Dentmon are running the point.
IT’S A 4-POINT GAME — UW leads 55-51 with 11:54 left.
IT’S A 10-POINT GAME — Overton picked up his fourth foul after a turnover and a foul. CSU has chipped the lead to 53-43 with a little over 14 minutes left. The UW isn’t pressing like it did in the first half. The Huskies also flirted with a 1-3-1 zone for a possession. But essentially the problem is the same thing that plagued the UW in the Portland loss. They are forgetting how to win. They are forgetting about Brockman and Pondexter who dominated in the first half. The UW is not running plays for them and the long shots are resulting in long rebounds.
OVERTON PICKS UP HIS FOURTH — Now he’s sitting and Dentmon is in.
FTs STILL A PROBLEM — It was a problem last season and it’s a problem this season. The UW converted just 19 of 32 in the opener and tonight it is 10 for 17 (58.8 percent) at the charity striple. Pondexter just missed two gimmes. UW leads 53-38 with 15:42 left.
A FEW HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS FROM BOB — Joe Wolfinger is playing one of his best halves with nine points and a rebound, and UW is also getting a good contribution off the bench from Justin Holiday who has six rebounds and four points. These are the kinds of performances Romar envisioned when he said this team would have more depth this season than last year’s club. UW has played just nine players so far, with Artem Wallace and Scott Suggs sitting out, though likely to get in if this score continues.
Pondexter, as noted earlier, is bouncing back nicely from the O-fer at Portland. Twice he has scored out of timeouts, once on what was certainly a set play and another time on what looked like it probably was, Romar showing some confidence in his junior forward.
UW has turned it into a rout despite little contribution from Thomas, who is 0-6 with no points and two assists.
HALFTIME — It’s a laugher. UW leads 48-26, which is a little amazing considering Washington’s top three guards have a combined seven points. UW defense has held CSU to just 8-for-37 shooting, which is a very low 21.6 percent. UW leads the rebounding advantage 36-16. Those are two stats that jump out.
TOO BAD THERE’S NO TV — I’ll try to do this just with the description, but it’s hard to describe how fabulously Brockman missed a breakaway slam dunk. He had about three steps ahead of everybody after a CSU turnover and appeared to take off a la Michael Jordan just inside the free throw line. He sailed like a helicarrier to the rim where his flushed hit the back of the rim and richocheted out. A UW player corraled the rebound at the three-point line and Brockman finished the sequence with a layup despite being fouled. UW leads 39-18.
BETTER BALL SECURITY — UW has committed just two turnovers in the past 10 minutes. It had five TOs in the first five minutes.
PONDEXTER BOUNCES BACK — Pondexter was 0-for-6 in the opener. Tonight he’s perfect on 4 attempts and leading Washington with a game-high nine points. He also has a team-high four rebounds.
THOMAS CHECKS OUT — With 8:08 left and he’s scoreless on four attempts. UW leads 27-16.
GLASS WORK — UW is killing CSU on the glass. Washington has 19 rebounds, Cleveland State 10. My unofficial count is eight UW points from offensive rebounds. The Huskies lead 24-12 with 8:40 left.
GOOD DEFENSE OR … — For some reason, CSU seems to think there’s a 15-second clock in the Pac-10. The Vikes are jacking at shots waaay early in the shot clock. It’s amazing. CSU is 2-17 shooting. UW is 6-11.
3-GUARD LINEUP — Romar has gone to three-guard lineup, which may be staple in the first few games while MBA recovers. The lineup inclues the two starting guards and Thomas. This group is quicker than anything the Vikings have. UW leads 14-8 with 11:52 left.
5 IN 5 — UW has committed five turnovers in five minutes. Thomas just got whistled for a carry call. Washington leads 8-5. In their last game, the Huskies had 23 TOs.
THOMAS CHECKS IN — At the 16:52 mark, the much-hyped freshman makes his regular-season home debut. Overton sits.
ROMAR MAKES A CHANGE — Coach Lorenzo Romar is starting Overton instead of freshman Isaiah Thomas. Thomas is on the bench and looks physically fine so it doesn’t appear to be a health issue.
STARTING LINEUPS
CLEVELAND STATE
F — D’Aundray Brown
F — J’Nathan Bullock
C — Chris Moore
G — Cedric Jackson
G — Norris Cole
WASHINGTON
F — Quincy Pondexter
F — Darnell Gant
C — Jon Brockman
G — Venoy Overton
G — Justin Dentmon
PRE-GAME NOTES
Bob Condotta and Percy Allen will tag team on the game thread tonight.
We begin with news on Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Tyreese Suggs who are in dressed in street clothes and will not play tonight.
It’s about 15 minutes until tip-off at Edmundson Pavilion and it’s a sparse crowd, which is odd. Both teams have completed warm-ups and are in the lockers waiting to re-emerge.

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