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Husky Men's Basketball

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

December 20, 2008 at 6:42 PM

EWU game thread

A FEW POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES — UW coach Lorenzo Romar said he was happy with the way his players responded to the strange circumstances.
“We didn’t know how many people would be here because of the snow, we didn’t know what the turnout would be,’’ Romar said. “But still in all, that shouldn’t matter. You should have a standard way of playing basketball and I thought our guys for the most part went out and played with intensity.’’
One stat Romar felt bore that out was eight blocked shots — the most since at least the 2006-07 season and something the team has sorely lacked the last few years.
Romar also noted the lack of three-pointers attempted as a sign the Huskies are beginning to play the right way.
Like a lot of teams have, Eastern slapped a zone on the Huskies hoping to force them to fire up from outside.
UW hit a well-timed 4-6 in the first half (though going 0-5 in the second half).
Justin Dentmon said he thinks UW has improved markedly at playing against the zone of late.
“That’s what we really focused on in practice because we know a lot of teams are going to go zone on us,” he said. “So we worked on penetrating and kicking and getting it to Jon (Brockman) and spacing the court.”
UW will play again Tuesday against Lehigh.
UW WITH 40 POINTS IN THE PAINT — One real key tonight was UW getting the ball inside. The Huskies had 40 points in the paint while attempting just 11 three-point shots. UW has gradually weaned itself away from the three-pointer of late. After attempting 16 or more in three of the first four games, UW has attempted no more than 13 in the last five games.
HUSKIES WIN 83-50 — Second-widest margin of victory this season just behind 88-52 win over Texas Southern.
EVERYBODY SCORES — First time this season that all 12 players have scored. Tyreese Breshers is again sitting it out and appears headed for a redshirt season.
HUGE FREE THROW EDGE FOR UW — Huskies are 19-30 at the line right now and Eastern 0-4. I can’t find in the UW media guide the last time an opponent didn’t make a free throw — sure it’s happened at some point.
GARBAGE TIME — UW is ahead 67-38 and this one is over. Brockman appears done for the night with 17 points. He is now 11th on the school’s all-time scoring list, passing Detlef Schrempf tonight. Next up is Brandon Roy, who is 10th with 1477 points. Brockman has 1450.
HUSKIES PULLING AWAY AGAIN — After an 8-0 EWU run brought back brief visions of Portland State’s comeback, UW has scored seven in a row to take a 55-34 lead and make clear that this one is over but the driving home.
HUSKIES STILL CRUISING — UW leads 48-32 at the first timeout of the second half.
VALENTINE STARTS SECOND HALF FOR EWU — EWU’s best player, Benny Valentine, is in the game to start the second half after sitting out the first half for disciplinary reasons. EWU coach Kirk Earlywine may have sacrificed a chance to stay in this game to make a larger point for an Eagle team that had been disappointing in its previous two games, each losses.
BROCKMAN 2-7 AT HALFTIME — He looks like a player who didn’t practice much this week, which he didn’t. For a rare time, he’s a drag on UW”s shooting. Take him out and the rest of the team is 13-20 in the first half.
STREAKING — Assuming UW holds on, it will be Washington’s fifth straight win. That will tie the longest winning streak of last season which also occurred in December when the Huskies beat Portland, Portland State, Cal-State Northridge, LSU and Idaho State. Last time UW won more was in the beginning of the 2006-07 season when the Huskies won seven straight.
LARGEST HALFTIME LEAD OF THE SEASON — This is the largest halftime lead of the season for UW at 42-22. The previous high was 42-28 against Texas Southern.
THOMAS LEADS ALL SCORERS WITH 12 — While Dentmon has nine.
HUSKIES BRINGING ENERGY TONIGHT — That may be needed by a lot of people over the next few days. UW is supplying a lot of it tonight, however, simply outworking the Eagles right now to the tune of a 42-22 lead at halftime. EWU has 13 turnovers at halftime while UW has hit 4-6 three-pointers. UW has hit more than four in a game only three times this year.
VALENTINE NOT PLAYING — Radio finally explained that EWU guard Benny Valentine, the leading scorer in the Big Sky, is not playing for disciplinary issues. He is a transfer from Texas Tech. Eagles look pretty punchless anyway, but particularly so without him.
UW ON 11-0 RUN — Another three-pointer, this one by Dentmon, has UW ahead 32-18.
THOMAS 3-3 — IT was 18-46 the last four games but is 3-3 tonight for nine points as UW has taken a 28-18 lead with 5:09 left.
HUSKIES PULLING AWAY AGAINST ZONE — Eagles are in a 2-3 zone and the Huskies are taking advantage with a three-pointer by Turner to take a 26-18 lead, the largest of the game.
LOTS OF TURNOVERS SO FAR — EWU has six and UW five as the Huskies take a 19-15 lead.
OREGON ESCAPES — Ducks beat Portland 79-76 in OT as Porter hits aa big shot in the late going.
THOMAS HITS TWO THREES — UW’s early offense provided by Isaiah Thomas, who hit two early three-pointers and turned one into a four-point play. He was 10-33 on threes coming in. UW leads 14-11.
RPI RATINGS — UW is 71 and Eastern 113 today, according to RealTimeRPI.com.
BROCKMAN BACK IN STARTING LINEUP — As expected, Brockman is back in the starting lineup with Bryan-Amaning again on the bench.
OREGON AND PORTLAND IN OVERTIME — Portland, which beat UW in the opener down there, is in OT with the Ducks at Mac Court.
FEWER THAN 1000 IN ATTENDANCE? — Rondeau just said it is expected that fewer than 1000 people will be in attendance tonight. Obviously, school is out, so the students who would have the easiest way of getting there tonight aren’t around.
KEYS TO THE GAME — Romar said in his pre-game show that the key will be stopping EWU’s backcourt of Benny Valentine and Adris DeLeon. The latter scored 22 against UW last year. The 5-7 Valentine is EWU’s leading scorer and a transfer from Texas Tech.
That will make this the second straight game Isaiah Thomas will have a height advantage on an opposing guard, however. Portland State’s Jeremiah Dominguez is 5-6.
BROCKMAN NOT 100 PERCENT — UW coach Lorenzo Romar said on his pre-game radio show that Jon Brockman is not 100 percent but will play tonight.
PRE-GAME — As mentioned, I’m not there, but will monitor the blog from here and will try to pass along some decent information.
UW is a heavy favorite in this one, and if the Huskies pull through, it could make them a rarity in the Pac-10 today as this has been another so-so day for the conference. USC needed a late rally to beat North Dakota State at home 61-57, another in a steady succession of sluggish performances by the Trojans.
And Arizona, a week after a big win over Gonzaga stamped the Wildcats as a legit contender in the conference, were hammered at UNLV 79-64 while ASU needed a last-second shot to beat BYU.
And as I type this, Oregon is struggling to beat Portland at home. Cal did beat Nevada in what looks like another sign that the Bears may be the surprise team in the conference this year.

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