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December 30, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Morgan State game thread

HUSKIES WIN 81-67 — Not pretty, but a win, and UW has now won seven in a row and will carry a 9-3 record to Pullman.
NEW CAREER HIGH FOR THOMAS — Isaiah Thomas has 23 points to top his previous best of 19 against Florida International.
STILL A GAME —- There’s 7:24 still to play and UW leads just 63-57. Isaiah Thomas is keeping UW afloat with 19 points and 7-14 shooting. But everyone else is 12-32. And the Bears continue to outboard UW at 32-31 right now.
UGGGLLLY — This is not a real exhibition of great basketball tonight as both teams continue to shoot poorly. UW is hurt by the fact that Jon Brockman has been out since 16:55 with four fouls. Artem Wallace is seeing some rare non-garbage time to compensate.
UW COLD AS ICE — UW is not shooting just 14-41 for the game, 34.1 percent, starting the second half 2-7. Romar just paced down the sideline with his hands over his head after MBA missed badly from in close. Still, UW leads 45-36 and appears ready to turn this into a rout at any moment as Morgan State isn’t playing any better.
TURNER IN A BOOT — Turner has returned to the UW bench and has his left foot in a boot and is using crutches, signes that he may be out a while.
EARLY WORD ON TURNER — Is that he has a high ankle sprain.
UW UP 39-32 AT THE HALF — Huskies have the lead but it’s not exactly comfortable as the Bears keep coming back every time the Huskies seem ready to turn it into a blowout. UW is shooting just 12-34, 35.3 percent, and after a hot start at the line missed the last three to finish 12-16. Morgan State isn’t shooting much better at 13-31 and just 1-5 on threes — and that one banked in. UW has six steals, two by Isaiah Thomas who turned each into layins that has provided much of the margin.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar has lamented that his team isn’t rebounding as well as the numbers might show, and this game seems to bear that out a little as the Bears actually have the edge at the moment at 21-20.
Casting a pall over it all is the injury to Turner, who is still not back. Turner is the team’s third-leading three-point shooter at 11-33, not something UW has in abundance, and is averaging almost 18 minutes per game, so it’s a loss that would definitely be felt. Scott Suggs saw action for a rare time in the first half in minutes Turner probably would have normally gotten.
BROCKMAN GETS 1000TH CAREER REBOUND — Brockman finally got his first rebound of the game, and it was also historic as it was the 1000th of his career, making him just the second Husky to ever get that many — Doug Smart, who played in the 1950s, is the other. UW leads 35-25 with 3:26 left in the first.
WEIRD GAME SO FAR — Some strange stats early as the Huskies hit their first eight free throws before finally missing while Brockman has yet to get a rebound in more than 13 minutes of action — he’s played about 11. It’s 25-23 UW with 6:48 to go in the half, Morgan State rallying from a nine-point deficit to keep it close. UW is just 7-21 shooting, getting some good shots but not getting them to go down. UW is playing well on the defensive end but Morgan State has done a good job being patient and has worked its way to a few good shots of late, hitting 10-23 for the game.
TURNER INJURED — What the Huskies really needed to not happen — an injury to a key player — just happened as guard Elston Turner, one of the team’s best three-point shooters, was helped off the court with an apparent ankle injury when he was run into by a Morgan State player during a scramble for a loose ball.
Turner was just helped off the floor and into the locker room by trainers, not putting any weight on the foot.
I’ll pass along any official word as soon as we get it.
TIED UP EARLY — It’s 11-11 at the first time out at the 15:40 mark. UW has made 5-5 free throws, maybe a season record for consecutive makes. But Reggie Holmes has nine points already for Morgan State, including a banked-in three-pointer.
SAME STARTERS — The usual starters for UW, which includes the perenially pained Jon Brockman. A UW spokesman said today that Brockman was told there are annually 2000 people in the Seattle area who go to the emergency room on Christmas for injuries similar to the cut he suffered while trying to open a package.
PRE-GAME — Remember, this is a 7:30 p.m. tip, actually more like 7:36, due to the doubleheader with the women.
That just concluded with Kansas State beating UW 73-60 though what I saw of it looked fairly entertaining.
The doubleheader slightly condenses the pre-game routine for UW and Morgan State, making it similar to an NCAA tournament type of deal as the teams will have 30 minutes to warmup.

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