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Husky Men's Basketball

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

January 10, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Cal game thread

TOUGH, TOUGH, TOUGH LOSS — It took Cal three OTs, but the Bears will survive Seattle with what is one of the tougher losses UW has been handed in a while.
In 55 minutes of basketball, Cal led for 56.2 seconds.
But that will prove enough to move to 4-0 in Pac-10 play while UW falls to 2-1.
UW was outrebounded for only the second time all year — Morgan State was the other.
The Huskies were 27-40 at the free throw line and had chances to put it away there, though that’s not an egregious total. UW also had just 14 turnovers, so that wasn’t a huge issue, either.
Cal just wouldn’t go away.
That snaps a nine-game winning streak for UW while the Bears have now won nine in a row.
Brockman was 2-8 at the line and went 5-17 from the line for the weekend.
STILL TIED — We’ve played 53 minutes andnd 59 seconds and we are still tied at 83. And Cal has still not lead since the first 41 seconds of the game.
RANDLE FOULS OUT — Big loss for Cal as Randle fouls out on a charge taken by Dentmon at the 4:43 mark.
Also, UW has won all five tipoffs in this game.
UNBELIEVABLE — UW is now in the third OT after Cal’s fairly remarkable rally to get back in it. So we go to a third OT tied at 77. It’s the first three OT game for UW since 1984 when it played two against UCLA and Idaho.
Amazingly, Cal has had just one lead in the game, at 1-0.
DENTMON THE HERO IN THE SECOND OT — Dentmon has nine points in the second overtime, including the drive and free throw to put UW ahead 75-70 with 33.4 seconds left. He has 18 for the game and has hit 9-10 free throws.
OPTIONS — You’re seeing how this UW team is more versatile in its ability to substitute offense for defense here in the final OT. It paid off with Holiday’s highlight-reel block of Guiterrez. UW has a 72-68 lead with one minute left.
THIRD TWO OT GAME OF ROMAR ERA — The other two were each UW losses — at USC in 2007 and home to Arizona on Dec. 31, 2005, when Brandon Roy hit long shots to force both OTs.
ANOTHER OT — We’re headed to a second overtime with the score tied at 64. UW missed two chances in the final minute, jumpers by Dentmon and Thomas, while Randle missed a long three with about two seconds left. As Cal left the court, Christopher was yelling at Randle that he was open for a better shot than what Randle got, a heave from about 40 feet. Randle certainly could have gotten closer.
STILL TIED — After a frantic four minutes of OT we are still tied at 64 with 51.5 seconds left and UW’s ball. UW has been able to get the ball inside with Brockman and MBA scoring all six points of the OT in close, something the Huskies didn’t do down the stretch of regulation.
Cal’s Joege Gutierrez has done a nice job slowing down Thomas off the bench —- Thomas has seven points after halftime after scoring 13 in the first half. He’s 2-8 this half.
OVERTIME IN SEATTLE — Theo Robertson barely missed on a short runner as time ran out and we are headed to overtime at 58. Cal’s leading scorer Patrick Christopher has four fouls but no one else has more than three on either team.
UW’s last field goal came at the 6:05 mark on a drive from Dentmon. UW is 21-54 shooting for the game and 8-21 in the second half.
UW’s last OT game was Jan. 13, 2007, a game the Bears won 77-69.
HUSKIES MISS CHANCE TO TAKE LEAD — With the score tied at 58, Pondexter missed on a drive and Cal now has the ball and a chance to go ahead with 12.1 seconds left. Pondexter is now 0-7 for the game.
BEARS TIE IT UP — Randle hasn’t played his best game, but he’s showing now why he’s having the year he’s having, scoring seven in the last 4:40 to allow Cal to tie it at 58 with 43.9 left. Huskies will have to win another barnburner.
BEARS MAKING IT CLOSE — UW’s free throw problems coming back to make this a close one as Cal has closed to 58-55 with one minute left. UW is 14-23 at the line and 10-18 in the second half. It might not be close otherwise.
Brockman has 15 rebounds giving him 33 for the weekend.
CAL SHOOTING COLD ON THE ROAD — While the Bears lead the nation in three-point shooting, tempting to wonder right now how much of that has been a function of a lot of home games early. Cal was 5-14 on threes in Pullman on Thursday and is at that exact same number — 5-14 — with 7:36 left in this one. UW leads 52-43 and will be at the line to add to the lead.
UW ON 11-0 RUN — Washington is in the midst of a run that may just well determine the game, having scored 11 straight points over the last 4:10 to take a 52-41 lead with 9:27 left. And most of it has come with Thomas on the bench, with everyone contributing. Brockman has four points, Holiday four, Overton two, Pondexter a free throw, and everyone playing manic defense, completely taking Cal out of its offense. Keep it up another minute or two and it will be hard for Cal to get back in this one.
HUSKIES REGAINING CONTROL — Cal tied it twice in the second half but couldn’t take the lead, UW immediately responding each time, and now grabbing a 46-41 lead with 11:46 left. UW continues to play stout defense, holding Cal to 13-39 shooting and forcing 13 turnovers so far. Cal played the last four minutes without Randle, who is now back in the game.
As I see some of you have noted, this is another mystery game for Pondexter. He’s working hard on defense and has six rebounds. But he’s also 0-6 from the field with just one point.
FAMOUS DAD IN THE HOUSE — Cal center Jordan Wilkes of the son of longtime NBAer Jamaal Wilkes, who is here today sitting behind the Cal bench.
RANDLE STRUGGLING — Jerome Randle has been a key to Cal’s improvement this season, having calmed down his game from the last few years when he often seemed out of control. But today. he seems out of control again, getting a foul and a wild turnover in the first few minutes of the second half. He now has three fouls and is back on the bench for Cal. Patrick Christopher is keeping Cal in it with a game-high 18 points. But Thomas is close behind with 17. He has now hit double-figures in nine straight games.
UW LEADS 32-28 AT HALFTIME — A good half for the Huskies, but you wonder if it couldn’t have been a little better as the Huskies led by 10, 29-19, before Cal went on a 9-3 run to close within four. Cal is shooting just 8-26 and while the Huskies are playing good defense — they are continuing to outwork the Bears — Cal has also simply missed a few open shots it may not keep missing.
Consider that Cal’s big three of Jerome Randle (1-6), Patrick Christopher (3-9) and Theo Robertson (2-5) are a combined 6-20.
As great as IT has been, UW may need to find another consistent offensive force. Thomas is 6-11 shooting while the rest of the Huskies are 7-20. Thomas is 5-7 on two-pointers, 1-4 on threes.
The teams are tied in rebounds at 19 at the end of the half.
UW continues to dominate the points in the paint stat, getting 22 points to Cal’s 4.
CAL OUTREBOUNDING UW — UW leads 30-25 at the 1:46 mark, but in something that wasn’t expected, the Bears have a rebounding edge so far at 18-16.
THOMAS FOR FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR? — With Thomas shredding the Bears — he is the game’s leading scorer with 13 points on 6-11 shooting — worth nothing he entered the game as the leading freshman scorer in the conference at 15.3 per game, 10th overall. The only other freshman in the top 20 is USC’s DeMar Derozan at 11.8.
FOULS PILING UP — UW now has 11 fouls to Cal’s five, the whistles not going Washington’s way at the moment, as a booing crowd is making clear. Cal isn’t taking advantage as well as it could, however, at 6-9 from the line, including a miss on the front end of a one-and-one. UW leads 29-20 at the 3:44 mark.
BROCKMAN MILESTONE — Brockman has passed Steve Hawes and moved into sixth place on UW’s all-time scoring list today with seven points. Hawes had 1,516.
UW ON 7-0 RUN — Just as I sent that last note UW went on a 7-0 run to retake command capped by one of hte shots of the year for the Huskies, a Thomas drive through traffic finished by an up-and-under layin off the glass. It’s 25-17 UW at the 5:57 mark.
IT KEEPING UW ALFOAT — Thomas has the last seven points for UW, and the only seven for the Huskies of the last five minutes as Cal has come back to close to 18-17.
UW UP 14-8 — Huskies are still in command at the second timeout, leading 14-8 with 11:41 to go. Right now, each team is 1-3 on three-pointers, UW hanging right in that category against a Cal team leading the nation coming in.
DOUBLETEAMING RANDLE — If you’re watching closely, you are seeing an underrated part of Brockman’s game today. UW’s defensive game plan calls for him to often help double-team Jerome Randle as soon as he crosses midcourt, trying to disrupt the Cal offense and take the ball out of the hands of Randle, the second-leading scorer in the Pac-10. So far it’s working as Randle is 0-1 with no assists.
HUSKIES OUTWORKING CAL — UW leads 9-4 early and UW is simply outhustling the Bears right now. UW has gotten five points on two fastbreaks where big men got down the court before their Cal counterparts. UW is also forcing Cal into a lot of rushed jumpers so far as the Bears are 1-6.
EXPERIENCED STAFF — Not only is Mike Montgomery now coaching the Bears, but former OSU head coach Jay John is his lead assistant. And some other familiar names are also on the Cal bench — other assistants are Travis DeCurie, who is a former head coach at Bellevue High and Gregg Gottlieb, brother of ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb. Also on the Cal bench is video coordinator Marlon Stewart, a Mercer Island grad who was the student manager at WSU the past few years.
STARTING LINEUPS — They’ve been announced and no surprises for either team. UW has Brockman, Thomas, Dentmon, Pondexter and Gant. Cal has PG Jerome Randle, F Jamal Boykin, C Jordan Wilkes, G Patrick Christopher and F Theo Robertson (though Christopher and Robertson each essentially just play wing positions on the perimeter in what is kind of a 3-2 set).
PRE-GAME — THREE THINGS TO WATCH
About 20 minutes to tip as I write this. One commenter yesterday said I should give three things to watch about each team heading into the game. Good idea, and in the future I’ll try to do it the day or night before.
For now, here are three things to watch for today’s game against the Bears:
— Jamal Boykin. A lot is made of Cal’s three perimeter players who are combining to average 46 points a game. Boykin, a 6-8, 230-pound junior forward, is another key player. He’s Cal’s best inside player and is coming off a 14-rebound effort against WSU. He’s the one guy Cal has who may be able to keep up with Jon Brockman.
— Free throw shooting. UW is getting better. Still, the Huskies were just 22-33 against Stanford compared to the Cardinal’s 15-20. Last year against Cal at home, UW lost the game almost soley due to poor free throw shooting.
— Bench play. Cal isn’t a deep team, and UW may have an edge there with Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday and Venoy Overton.

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