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December 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Montana game thread

IT’S A FINAL — It’s over as the Huskies beat Montana 75-53 thanks to that 23-0 run in the first half.
But after a sterling first half it ended up as a fairly sloppy game with UW shooting 43.5 percent and commiting 15 turnovers, 10 in the second half.
Thomas and Brockman shared scoring highs with 13 each while Overton and Bryan-Amaning had 10.
UW is now 8-3 with one non-conference game left Tuesday against Morgan State.
More later.
GAME CLANGING TO A FINISH — Both teams look like they are on vacation right now as the second half is pretty ugly — UW is shooting 7-22 and Montana 6-22 while UW has nine turnovers and Montana five. UW still leads 62-40 but this looks like another one where Romar won’t be able to say that his team played well for 40 minutes. And these kinds of lapses will be a lot more costly in a week when the competition increases markedly.
OVERTON MISSES TWO STRAIGHT DUNKS —- Never know what you might see, right? While this is a thoroughly forgettable game for the most part, first we had the 23-0 run to make it somewhat memorable. And now comes something else fans are sure to remember — Overton missing two dunks in the span of about 10 seconds. Overton had a breakaway and tried to again slam it but appeared to lose the ball going up and it clanged off the rim. He then stole the ball from the Montana player who got the rebound and drove for another dunk, but this one he simply bounced hard off the rim. UW got the ball back but a Montana player ripped it away from him leading to free throws on the other end.
SLOPPY START TO SECOND HALF — Montana has outscored UW 7-2 to start the second half as the Huskies have three turnovers and are 1-5 from the field. That’s compelled Romar to call time with 16:44 left and UW ahead 43-28. Also, Isaiah Thomas has picked up his fourth foul and has just two points. But the coaches have left him in, maybe wanting to see how he handles the situation.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — So take out that 23-0 run and Montana is actually outscoring the Huskies by three points (I’m joking, of course).
So far, UW has dominated in every area, though to be frank, Montana isn’t very good, as its 27-point loss at Portland State the other night made clear. Still, this has to be what Lorenzo Romar wanted to see as UW leads 41-21, shooting 14-28 from the field while holding Montana to 7-28 shooting. Montana also has 11 turnovers, UW just five.
The sparkplug for the 23-0 run was guard Venoy Overton, who leads all scorers with 10 points, six coming on fast breaks, and two coming with emphatic dunks, possibly Overton’s way of expressing what has been a frustrating season for him so far
Jon Brockman has nine points and eight rebounds while Matthew Bryan-Amaning has eight.
UW is also 11-14 at the free throw line, essentially doing just about everything right so far.
Minor disappointments include a donut for Quincy Pondexter, coming off a three-point outing against Eastern Washington; and two quick fouls by Scott Suggs when he got some time late in the half.
RUN ENDS AT 23 — UW scored 23 straight before Montana finally broke the streak. Montana missed 13 straight shots during UW’s run. It’s now 31-13 with 5:47 to go.
NEW SCHOOL RECORD — If you’re watching this game you just saw some UW history as the Huskies have scored 21 straight points, a new school record. According to the UW media guide, the previous record was 20 against Humboldt State on Dec. 1, 1980, a game UW won 87-68. Montana led this game 10-6 before UW scored 21 in a row to take what is now a 27-10 lead with 7:58 to play in the first half.
IT’S NOW A 15-0 RUN — UW is threatening to blow this one open early, taking a 21-10 lead at the 11:28 mark. The Huskies hit 7-8 shots, three from Bryan-Amaning to turn a 10-6 deficit into a 21-10 lead.
UW ON 11-0 RUN — Venoy Overton has sparked an 11-0 run with one steal that led to his own layin and another layin off a steal from Pondexter to put UW ahead 17-10 with 13:07 to go.
GRIZ LEAD 10-8 EARLY — After starting 0-3, Montana hit four in a row, including two three-pointers, to take a 10-8 lead at the first timeout at 15:47. Like many teams are likely to do against UW, Montana is in a 2-3 zone. Isaiah Thomas thwarted it last time down with a drive to the hoop for a layin.
STARTING LINEUP THE SAME — No surprises for UW.
WE’RE OFF — A pretty decent crowd, actually, as we tip off.

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