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December 14, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Portland State game thread

SURVIVAL — This one got really interesting at the end as Phil Nelson led a late run for the Vikings. But UW held on to win 84-83, getting the victory without the services of Jon Brockman. More later.
PSU KIND OF HANGING AROUND — With 3:20 left, UW leads 79-70 but PSU has the ball, still hanging to a little sliver of hope in this one. UW has gotten a little sloppy in the late going and now has 13 turnovers after losing just four in the first half. UW is averaging 16.6 TOs per game, last in the Pac-10 and something it has to bring down to the 12-13 level once conference play starts.
MBA NOW WITH A CAREER-HIGH — MBA just passed his career high with a rousing reverse slam to conclude a fast break, giving him 20 for the game. He now has game-high honors in points and rebounds (12) as UW leads 73-58 with 7:48 to go.
ROMAR ON FIRE — UW is up 15 but you wouldn’t know it watching Romar during the last timeout. After a couple UW turnovers, he called time and lit into his team.
MBA’S FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE — MBA has 16 points and 10 rebounds as PSU has no matchup for him down low. That’s the first double-double of his career — his previous career high for rebounding was nine last year against Oregon State. It’s 65-53 with 11:56 left to play.
HUSKIES PULLING AWAY — UW leads 61-46 at the first timeout of the second half with Pondexter leading the way with 17 points. This is one of those nights when you see why Pondexter had all that hype out of high school. Not that dominating Portland State is a big deal. But you see how much more physical ability he has in matchups like this. He’s simply the best athlete on the floor right now. Dentmon is also having a nice night hitting 3-5 three-pointers.
ON THE CROWD — I see there’s a question about the crowd. With a Sunday night, no school and snow outside, a small crowd was to be expected and the arena is probably half full at best. It’s fairly quiet, as well. No official announced attendance yet.
UW UP 48-39 AT HALFTIME — Pondexter and Dentmon, who hit a three-pointer to spark a 6-0 run late in the half, lead UW with 13 points while MBA has 12. UW is starting to dominate on the boards despite no Brockman, holding a 23-15 edge with MBA leading the way with seven.
Nelson, who in fairness has been dealing with an illness all week, is 0-3 with no points for PSU.
The Vikings are helping UW with some sloppy play as they are just 12-21 at the line with eight turnovers.
QUINCY TAKING OVER — With Brockman out, Pondexter is getting the majority of the touches down low, and he is taking advantage with a game-high 13 points on 6-10 shooting at the 3:31 mark. He’s already just three shy of his season-high of 16. He also has now scored in double-figures in four straight.
HUSKIES HOT — UW leads 35-27 with 6:32 left after yet another PSU time out. UW is hitting 15-27 shots and that includes at least two missed lay-ins and one sequence in which two close put-backs didn’t go in.
HUSKIES BREAKING IT OPEN — UW leads 25-15 with 9:21 to play after a steal by Pondexter led to a layin by Dentmon, forcing a time out by angry PSU coach Ken Bone. PSU is just 4-11 on free throws and looking a step slow to a UW team not seeming to miss Brockman too much at the moment.
HUSKIES UP 14-11 AT SECOND TIME OUT — Huskies leading in part because PSU is just 2-8 at the free throw line. Pondexter has five to lead the Huskies. Nelson finally got a shot off, a fade away from about 12 feet that hit the front of the rim. By the way, this is just the second game Brockman has missed in his career, the other coming in the Pac-10 tourney last year against Cal with the left ankle sprain.
UW UP 8-5 — Huskies lead at the first time out with 15:22 to go. Without Brockman, PSU has a 6-5 rebounding edge on UW. But PSU is just 2-7 shooting and 1-4 from the line with the Huskies playing some good defense. Best on the defensive end may be Quincy Pondexter, who so far has shut out old teammate Phil Nelson, who hasn’t been able to get open for a shot.
NELSON BARELY NOTICED — Phil Nelson was just announced as a PSU starter but was booed by maybe about five people. A polite crowd here tonight wiht the Dawg Pack maybe two-thirds full with students on vacation.
BRESHERS TAKING A SEAT — Breshers is in uniform, but as the team hits the floor for the final time, he has taken a seat at the end of the bench, not looking like he’s anticipating playing tonight. Brockman is sitting next to him, apparently leaving UW with just 11 players for this game.
NEW LINEUP — With Brockman out, Matthew Bryan-Amaning will get his first start of the season. The rest of the lineup looks the same, with Isaiah Thomas, Justin Dentmon, Darnell Gant and Quincy Pondexter.
For Portland State, standount guard Jeremiah Dominguez is in uniform and listed to start after missing the last two games with a fracture in his right index finger.
BROCKMAN A NO-GO — We’ll start the game thread with 15 minutes to tip noting again that Jon Brockman apparently won’t play tonight due to a sprained right ankle suffered in practice Saturday. That’s the official report, anyway. Brockman is in uniform as the team goes through its final warmups, but is standing off to the side and not participating.



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