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January 3, 2009 at 2:47 PM

WSU game thread

THE GAME IS OVER, SO IS THE STREAK — UW is up 16 with 1:30 left, safe to call it as a win for the Huskies. This is a big one, not only ending the seven-game losing streak to WSU but also getting the Huskies a road win to start Pac-10 play 1-0. The win also established UW for now as an upper-division team in the Pac-10.
This was UW’s most disciplined effort of the season, the Huskies seeming to perfectly follow the game plan and making the key plays that needed to be made. And they did it without a great effort from Jon Brockman.
More later.
COUGS GONE COLD — Befitting the weather here, the Cougars have gone ice cold of late. WSU has just two field goals in the last eight minutes allowing UW to build a 55-43 lead with 3:51 left. Some fans are starting to file out.
HUSKIES PULLING AWAY — UW is up 55-43 with 4:44 left and the loudest noise right now is coming from the Husky bench when Washington scores.
UW STILL UP 10 — Cougars made a little run to get it to five and just like that, UW got the lead back to 10 at 51-41 with 7:28 left in the game. Huskies have hit six three-pointers, one off their season-high.
HUSKIES TAKING CARE OF BALL — With 11:35 left, UW has just six turnovers, indicating that maybe there has been something to the thought that it’s pace of play that leads to Washington’s high TO numbers as much as anything else. The Huskies lead 46-38 but WSU has the ball with Cougar fans getting anxious for their club to make a run.
UW is also doing a nice job double-teaming Aron Baynes as he has taken just three shots.
HUSKIES OPENING UP LEAD — UW has hit three of its first four shots of the second half to build a 37-30 lead at the 17:37 mark. Bluntly, UW looks like the better team right now and gaining confidence while the Cougars look tentative on the offensive end,
HUSKIES LEAD 30-28 AT THE HALF — UW has a 30-28 lead at halftime after what has been one of its best outside shooting halves of the year — UW is 12-26 overall but 3-6 on three-pointers and has most of its points outside of the paint. UW has just four points in the paint.
Thomas is UW’s leading scorer with eight while Brockman came alive to hit two jumpers in the final three minutes and has four points. Pondexter actually also has eight with the two free throws at .8 seconds left and is playing his best in a while as he also has four rebounds, a game-high.
UW is outrebounding WSU 15-11 and has one fewer turnover — six compared to seven for the Cougs. The difference really is just those threes — WSU is 1-4 having missed three wide-open looks.
Neither team has led by four so far and this one looks like it will go down to the wire.
As intimated earlier, this is not a really raucous environment here for this one with the students still not back. There is still a sizeable student contingent, but nowhere near what would be if this game were here in a month or so, and overall it’s just a lot quieter in here.
BROCKMAN SHUT OUT SO FAR — UW leads 22-19 and has the ball at a time out with 3:22 left in the first half. And the Huskies are doing it without much from Jon Brockman who is 0-3 with no rebounds and a foul in 12 minutes of action. UW is 3-5 on three-pointers, its best distance shooting game of the year so far.
HUSKIES HITTING JUMPERS — The M.O. for beating the Cougars is hitting open jumpers, and so far the Huskies are doing just that getting long two-pointers from Justin Holiday and Quincy Pondexter and a three-pointer from Thomas, who is the game’s leading scorer with seven.
ISAIAH “THOMPSON” KEEPING UW IN IT — The PA announcer here, the venerable Glenn Johnson, is calling Thomas “Thompson.” Whatever, he’s keeping UW in it with four points and a nice pass for an assist on another. It’s 10-8 with 9:47 left and UW has held its own since Brockman went out at the 13:20 mark after picking up a foul as well as taking his usual first-half break.
SLOPPY START FOR IT — This is just the second road game for UW freshman guard Isaiah Thomas and he seems a little antsy early with a foul and two turnovers in the first two-and-a-half minutes. WSU leads 4-2 at the first time out at 15:42.
QUIET CROWD — As the Huskies headed out to the floor for the final time they gathered at the end of the tunnel for their traditional pre-game chant. And unlike the last two visits here, it could be clearly heard throughout the arena here with the Cougar crowd on the small and not-so-loud side — at least at the moment, anyway.
QUICK TURNAROUND — While getting here wasn’t easy, two of the officials working the game today — David Hall and Scott Thornley — made it here just fine today despite working the Cal-Arizona game in Berkeley last night.
PRE-GAME — About 15 minutes to tipoff as I write this.
One of the X factors today is the crowd — classes don’t begin here until Jan. 12, so the student section figured to be a little less animated than normal anyway. Now with the weather and tough road conditions, the crowd could be quite a bit less than the capacity audiences that greeted the Huskies on their last two trips here.
Officially, about 1,000 or so tickets remain, but there could be a lot more empty seats than that. As I write this, I’d say it’s half full, but it figures to fill in as gametime approaches.

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