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January 8, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Stanford game thread

BIG WIN FOR UW — Brockman gives UW the winning points with 4.6 left and UW holds on to win 84-83 for a critical early-season win. More later.
UW UP 78-76 AT THE 3:32 MARK — We’re looking at our first real fantastic finish of the UW home season. Only the Portland State game, which was misleaningly close at the end, has been decided by fewer than 10 points of UW’s nine home games.
FOULS PILING UP — Stanford now has 22 fouls and five players with three or more fouls — if this goes OT, UW has a big edge. But Stanford still has a 71-70 lead at the timeout with 7:10 to go having hit 8-17 three-pointers to UW’s 2-7. UW now has a 35-23 edge on the boards, 16-6 this half.
UW 2-10 TO START THE HALF — Stanford leads 61-56 at the 12:31 mark but Lawrence Hill of the Cardinal just picked up his fourth foul shortly after missing an open dunk that could have put his team up nine.
STANFORD ASSERTING CONTROL — The Cardinal has come out fast in the second half, taking a 58-51 lead with 15:56 left, hitting 4-7 shots to start the half. UW is just 1-4 with three turnovers.
ENTERTAINING FIRST HALF — Halftime has hit with Stanford having scored the last eight points to take a 49-47 lead. It’s been maybe the most entertaining half of basketball seen here this season with the combined 96 points. Stanford is hitting 18-32 while UW is 18-37 having cooled off a bit the final few minutes.
Brockman has 16 points and nine rebounds while MBA has 11 and Thomas 10.
Stanford has hit 5-8 three-pointers, the biggest reason it was able to reclaim the lead, hitting two in the span of 22 seconds late in the half to erase a six-point deficit.
Despite the breakneck pace, UW has just four turnovers, indicating its recent ability to take better care of the ball might not have just been related to some slower pace of play in a few games.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE NO LOPEZ TWINS MAKES — Without the 7-foot Lopez twins clogging up the middle, the Huskies are having a field day getting the ball inside to Brockman and Matthew Bryan-Amaning. Those two now have 25 of UW’s 43 points andn havve ccombined to make 10-17 shots, most close inside.
Brockman, by the way, is the first UW player to have 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds for his career.
UW ON 11-4 RUN — The Huskies are on an 11-4 to take a 30-19 lead with 7:47 left in the first half. UW has dominated the boards the last few minutes, holding a 12-7 lead. And Jon Brockman has rebounded from Saturday’s muted showing when he had 10 points and four rebounds against WSU — he had exactly that at the 9:10 mark. In fact, he now has 12 points and has surpassed the 1,500 mark for his career.
HOT START — At the second media time, it’s 19-18 Stanford with each team shooting well — UW is at 7-12 and Stanford 7-14.
LOUD CROWD SO FAR — With school back in session and a good game on tap, this feels so far like the most hyped crowd of the year. And it’s a good game early with Stanford ahead 11-9. Cardinal is mixing up its defenses, in a 2-3 zone and then in a man. Isaiah Thomas has seven for UW early, including a three. He came into the game 6-15 on three-pointers in his last four games.
JOSH SMITH IN THE HOUSE — Josh Smith of Kentwood High is sitting right behind the UW bench tonight. Smith is one of the top big men in the nation for the Class of 2010 and obviously a huge target for the Huskies.
PRE-GAME — About 22 minutes to kick off and what looks like a pretty good crowd beginning to file in.
One thing to watch for UW tonight is simply how the Huskies come to play. UW coach Lorenzo Romar noted this week that the Huskies haven’t been battling from a position of strength much the last few years, having started out 0-3 and 1-6 in conference play the last two years. Romar said he was curious to see how the Huskies handle it now riding a big winning streak and a week of praise.
We’ll soon find out.

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