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Husky Men's Basketball

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

December 6, 2008 at 5:59 PM

Texas Southern game thread

UW WINS 88-52 — MBA leads everyone with 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting. Brockman had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Pondexter finished with 13 points and 8 assists. Thomas had 10 points, Dentmon 9 and Gant 8. Miller led TSU with 12 points. Good win for the Dawgs.
THE RESERVES GETTING A LONG RUN — This is the most time they’ve received this year. Suggs and Wolfinger hit three-pointers.
MBA IS DOMINATING — He has a career high 15 points. UW is up 70-40 and it appears as if coach Lorenzo Romar is ready to empty the bench. Joe Wolfinger and Scott Suggs are at the scorer’s table ready to check in.
BRYAN-AMANING HAS SEASON HIGH — He has 10 points on 4-4 shooting and his just a basket shy of tying his career best. UW leads 60-38 with 11:30. If this continues, the reserves should file in at any moment.
UW LEADS 50-32— TSU has not adjusted to the tight officiating. The Tigers have four offensive fouls in the second half. Meanwhile, Thomas might be heating up. He converted a nifty acrobatic layup and drained a three-pointer.
QUICK OBSERVATIONS — Solid game all the around. If not for three missed FTs, Brockman would have a perfect game. The officials are calling it close, but the Huskies appear to have adjusted and they’re man-to-man defense and height advantage is making life miserable for the Tigers. It’s interesting watching Pondexter finding ways to be effective. He’s found a soft spot in the middle of the TSU zone defense where he’s launched a pair of mid-range jumpers. Dentmon, who has a team-leading three assists, is once again is playing a patient game and not forcing the issue.
HALFTIME STATS — Brockman already has a double double – his 45th. He has a game-high 13 points and 10 rebounds. Pondexter is next with 8 points, Dentmon 6 and Thomas 5. Hall leads TSU with 8 points. UW is shooting 15 of 29 from the field. Nine of their 15 FGs came from an assist. UW is 10 of 14 from the line and it has 7 steals and 15 points off of 11 Tiger turnovers.
HALFTIME — UW is up 42-28.
PULLING AWAY — Bryan-Amaning got it right this time, stealing a pass and finishing a fastbreak with a two-hand dunk for a 31-15 lead with 7:14 left in the first half. This looks like a blowout. And the UW is doing it with defense. It’s man-to-man defense is tight. Early on, Dentmon and Thomas picked up quick fouls for hand checking, but they’re over playing everything, switching and jumping into passing lanes that’s causing havoc for TSU.
IT’S OFFICIAL, SARKISIAN IS THE MAN — In a strange announcement, the UW played a short video clip on the JumboTron proclaiming Steve Sarkisan as the next football coach. The crowd gave a loud ovation. After the clip, the video read: Kickoff. Sept. 5, 2009. Sarkisian will be introduced at a 9:30 a.m. press conference on Monday in the Don James Center at Husky Stadium that’s open to the public.
HERE COMES THE ZONE AND PRESS — It was only a matter of time before TSU tested the UW’s ball-handling and shooting with a full-court press and a 2-3 zone. We’ll see how the Huskies handle it. UW leads 17-13 with 12:27 left.
PONDEXTER FOLLOWS BROCKMAN — Not to be outdone, Pondexter broke free in the halfcourt set for a tomahawk slam on the possession following’s Brockman’s dunk. Matthew Bryan-Amaning might have been feeling the dunk fever because on UW next possession, he had a breakaway layup, but tried to behind-the-back pass to Pondexter that was stolen. It’s no wonder, he’s on the bench now, replaced by Justin Holiday. UW is up 12-6.
OH NO HE DIDN’T! — Brockman intercepted a pass at the top of the key and raced in for a reverse two-hand slam dunk that brought the fans to the feet. UW leads 8-2 with 16:14 remaining.
STARTING LINEUPS
Texas Southern
F — Jacques Jones, 6-7, Sr.
F — Ricky Boyles, 6-7, Jr.
F — Michael Drewy, 6-8, 215
G — DeAndre Hall, 6-6, Jr.
G — Matthew Miller, 6-3, Sr.
No change for UW. Forwards Brockman, Pondexter, Darnell Gant and guards Justin Dentmon and Isaiah Thomas.
KEYS TO THE GAMENo.1 Stay focused. It’s easy to not take this game seriously. There’s not much energy in the house right now and the UW will have to avoid complacency. No. 2 Pound the middle. TSU doesn’t have anyone taller than 6-8 in the starting lineup. This should be a big rebounding night for Jon Brockman, Quincy Pondexter and the rest. No. 3 Run. The scouting report says the Tigers like to run, which plays into Washington’s strength.
WELL TRAVELED TIGERS — Texas Southern is not only winless in seven games, but the Tigers have not played a home game yet this season. Tonight’s game is the seventh different state for the SWAC team that is woefully overmatched. Their leading scorer is DeAndre Hall who is averaging 16.7 points and Ricky Boyles is the top rebounder at 7.1 per game. Tonight’s game is the first meeting between the schools.
Percy Allen is covering for Bob Condotta who is in the Bay Area following the UW football team.
PRE-GAME NOTES — We’re about 30 minutes from tip off. Just a quick broadcast update. KJR’s Mike Gastineau is also filling in for Bob Rondeau and handling the play-by-play duties alongside Jason Hamilton on 950 AM. The game can also be seen on FSN where Kevin Calaboro and Francis Williams are commentating.

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