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November 29, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Pacific game thread

UW WINS 72-54 — Pondexter is tops in points (16) and rebounds (12). Dentmon drained 5 of 9 shots for 15 points and Brockman finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Thomas struggled, but the little guy had six rebounds to offet a 4-for-11 shooting performance. He scored 9 points. UW shot 48.3 percent from the field. The Huskies committed 19 turnovers and forced 19. That’s the end of the game thread.
HERE COME THE RESERVES — Coach Lorenzo Romar empties the bench and some fans are heading to the exits. Joe Wolfinger, Artem Wallace and Suggs are in with Overton and Thomas. UW leads 70-54 with less than two minutes remaining. Wolfinger drew a huge applause after snagging a pair of offensive rebounds and converting on a putback despite being fouled.
CRUISE CONTROL — Barring an incredible comeback, the UW will sail to a victory. Dentmon gambled defensively and swiped a steal from Troyer, which resulted in a layup for Thomas and a 64-47 UW lead. The Huskies have never trailed.
DOUBLE TROUBLE — Pondexter nets his first double double of the season. He has a season-high 11 rebounds and 14 points. Dentmon (15 points) is finding the range from three-point land and Brockman (10 points) has stepped up. UW leads 58-44 with 7:04 left.
UW LEADS 47-34 — Strange play. Elston Turner swiped a steal and appeared headed for a breakaway layup/dunk. But before he could get started, he ran into an official and was knocked out of bounds. The ref just couldn’t get out of the way quick enough.
DEFENSE TAKES OVER — UW has forced three TOs in the first four minutes, which has staggered Pacific’s offense. Meanwhile, the Huskies are beginning to exhort their superior size and athleticsm beneath the boards. Pondexter and Brockman are controlling the paint forcing the Tigers into long-range, low-percentage shots. Washington leads 42-29 with 15-27 left.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — This figured to be a close affair because of the way Pacific plays. Still, the UW has rattled the Tigers with their quickness and forced 10 turnovers. Pacific averaged just 11.5 turnovers in the past two games. The key to the second half will be if the UW can continue finding cracks in Pacific’s zone and coming away with points. Dentmon seems content to shoot over the top of the zone while Thomas is intent on driving to the lane for short jumpers or passes to the corner. Brockman is also likely to make his presence felt in the second half. He has just one rebound and four points.
SOME QUICK STATS — UW is shooting 53.6 percent from the field (15 of 28) and 60.0 on three-pointers (3-5). The Huskies have more rebounds (20-11), fewer turnovers (9 to 10) and fewer assists (6 to 7). Pondexter leads all scorers with 9 points. Dentmon has 7 and Thomas 5. Troyer leads Pacific with 6 points. Pondexter also has a game-high 9 rebounds.
HALFTIME — UW leads 36-26.
PONDEXTER’S BIG DAY — Pondexter is off to a great start. He has nine points and six rebounds. He’s active on both ends. This is his type of game where the guards are giving him opportunities and the space to be creative. But he’s also simply just being active. UW leads with 29-24 with 3:16 left.
BROCKMAN’S SLOW START — The big man has just one rebounds and four points on 2-for-2 shooting. Pacific is defending him with just one guy, but another a defender comes quickly whenever Brockman gets the ball in the low post. UW leads 25-20 with 7;27 left.
ZONE BUSTERS — Pacific has rolled out a zone a few times to test the theory that the UW is a poor shooting team, but the tactic hasn’t worked so far. Pondexter drained a long jumper on one possession and got inside the defense for a short jumper. UW leads 17-11 with 11:34 left.
MISCUES CREEPING UP — Four straight turnovers for UW, however, Pacific has scored just two points on the TOs. UW leads 10-6 with 16:04 left.
BROCKMAN STEAL — UW leads 10-4 after the Husky forward swiped a pass from Ford and raced in for a layup. The Huskies are very effecient. They’ve connected on all four shots. Every starter, except Gant, has a basket.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for either team.
F — Sam Willard
F — Joe Ford
F — Anthony Brown
G — Terrell Smith
G — Chad Troyer
F — Jon Brockman
F — Quincy Pondexter
F — Darnell Gant
G — Justin Dentmon
G — Isaiah Thomas
PRE-GAME NOTES — Percy Allen is covering for Bob Condotta today.
Also, the game is being televised by FSN with Kevin Calabro, Francis Williams and Jen Mueller handling the coverage. We’re about 10 minutes away from tip off. This should be a chance for the Huskies to lick their wounds and get back on the winning track after dropping two games in Kansas City. Pacific shouldn’t be taken lightly however. This is a team that plays deep into the shot clock and upset Nevada on the road. The Tigers don’t commit many turnovers or make silly mistakes. It should be interesting.

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