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Husky Men's Basketball

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

January 15, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Oregon game thread

REVISION ON BROCKMAN RECORD — We were told after the game that Brockman actually set the rebound record with 11:17 to go, the one that we thought tied the record. So there was actually very little drama.
Not that anyone knew it. Brockman said afterward he didn’t know he’d set the record until after the game and there was no mention of it until in the locker room when Romar told the rest of the players and Brockman received an ovation from his teammates.
THIS ONE’S OVER — UW leads 80-63 with two minutes to go and this one is over, as the Huskies will get a nice bounceback win. Brockman’s record, however, remains elusive as he still has just seven rebounds, according to our count on press row.
But UW will improve to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in Pac-10 play, winning its first two road games, and taking a huge step on the road to the NCAA Tournament.
And so much for the worries about outside shooting. IT and Dentmon have shot the lights out from outside.
The Oregon student section is resigned to cheering “let’s play football” as the final seconds tick off.
More after the game.
HUSKIES CRUISING — UW leads 76-63 with 3:49 to play and fans are beginning to file as Oregon shows no signs of being able to get back in this one. Brockman is back in the game but still has just seven rebounds by our count here on press row to remain tied for the UW career record.
BROCKMAN STILL WAITING FOR HISTORY — UW leads 72-60 with 5:27 to play, seemingly on the way to a much-needed win. Brockman still unofficially has seven rebounds to remain tied for the school’s all-time career lead in that category and is on the bench with four fouls.
DENTMON TAKING CHARGE — Dentmon has 10 points this half, the last two coming after he rebounded his own missed free throw and laid it in, to put UW ahead 70-56 with 7:37 to go. This is a quiet arena and no reason UW shouldn’t waltz to the win now.
BROCKMAN TIES RECORD — Brockman has tied the all-time UW rebounding record on a rebound of a missed free throw by Matthew Humphrey with 11:17 to play.
UGGGLY — The Ducks are a turnover machine tonight allowing UW to stay in control. Huskies lead 62-51 with 10:25 left.
DUCKS BARELY HANGING IN —- Oregon holds barely a pulse of this one with UW ahead 60-49 with 11:57 to go. UW is in command but the Ducks are just close enough, and will be at the line for three free throws after the time out, to keep it somewhat interesting. Brockman unofficially still has six rebounds.
UW PULLING AWAY — At the first time out of the second half UW leads 53-44, having scored four in a row on an inside shot by MBA and a layin by Overton in transition. Huskies have outscored Oregon 13-7 to start the second half, including 5-0 in the first minute, and have taken the game to the Ducks. Brockman unofficially has six rebounds needing one more to tie and two to break the UW career record.
OREGON OUTBOARDING UW 23-16 — That’s what the official stats show. Oregon is 12-30 shooting and has 11 offensive rebounds, a lot of them just tips back at the hoop, so that’s a huge contributing factor. Still, Oregon is keeping pace with UW on the boards so far.
REVISED STATS — Brockman officially has five rebounds at the half. Oregon has 12 turnovers to 10 for UW, making this a sloppier game than I thought it was watching it. UW has seven steals, two each for Pondexter, Brockman and Dentmon.
OREGON CLOSES AT THE HALF — UW leads 40-37 at the end of the first half as the Ducks scored the last five points, all from the free throw line, after falling behind by eight.
Brockman has four rebounds and still needs three to tie and four to take the lead in the UW career rebounding list.
Oregon is staying close due to outrebounding UW 18-15 and hitting 11-16 free throws to 6-8 for UW.
Each team had chances to take some command of this game and neither really did. UW looks like the better team, but letting Oregon crawl to within three at the half has given the Ducks life at halftime.
COMING TO PLAY — Any question about UW’s effort tonight has been answered as the Huskies are playing some of their more intense defense of the season. On two straight possessions UW stripped the ball out of the hands of Oregon players, eliciting loud boos from the crowd here who thought there were fouls. IT led the cheers off the bench as the plays went the other way.
OREGON REALLY SLOPPY — I don’t have a stat monitor in front of me so don’t know for sure how many turnovers Oregon has, but it has to be close to 10 as the Ducks are throwing the ball all over the place. UW has a 34-28 lead with 4:27 to go in the first half.
UW REGAINS LEAD WITH 9-0 RUN — The Huskies have quickly regained command with a 9-0 run in the last 1:48, turning two turnovers into easy layins and also getting three points when Thomas hit three free throws after being fouled on a three-pointer by Kamyron Brown. A pretty quiet Mac Court right now.
DUCKS RETAKE LEAD ON 8-0 RUN — Oregon has turned a 23-18 deficit into a 26-23 lead as the Huskies have gone cold, Brockman blocked by Catron on an inside shot the last time down and Pondexter simply losing the ball out of his hands on the previous possession. Oregon isn’t real sharp on offense but has hit a couple jumpers. It’s 26-23 with 7:57 left and UW hasn’t scored in four minutes.
UW DRAWS SEVENTH FOUL — So far, this game is being called in Oregon’s favor as UW has seven fouls at the 9:30 mark of the first half compared to three for Oregon. The refs appear to be calling it tight inside. The game is tied at 23-23.
INTERESTED OBSERVER — Watching this game from behind the basket on the Oregon end of the floor is former UW assistant Ken Bone, now the head coach at Portland State who earlier this week signed a new five-year deal at PSU.
UW has hit 9-14 shots in taking a 23-18 lead with 11:31 to go, a pace that probably can’t be replicated all game but which favors the Huskies so far.
HUSKIES ON 12-3 RUN — UW has taken control with some nice play inside to take a 23-18 lead with 11:47 to play. MBA turned in a crowd-silencing tip-slam and Darnell Gant followed with a layin on a fast break. Brockman also had a three-point play to key this run before taking a seat with 12:54 left.
FIRST TIME OUT — Oregon leads 14-11 at the first time out at 14:58 of the first half. Thomas has two three-pointers — each in the first two minutes, as many as UW had in each of the last two games — while Dentmon has hit a jumper and Pondexter a runner in the lane. Oregon seems to have come to play seeming to be the first one to get to loose balls so far. Certainly, a start that Oregon fans would like so far. The Ducks don’t look like they will go easily tonight
STARTING LINEUPS THE SAME — No change to UW’s starting lineup and Oregon’s only has one change with Kamryon Brown in instead of Garrett Sim.
FOULS A KEY — Ernie Kent said in the Eugene Register-Guard today that he thought the key to the game would be how it is officiated — if UW is allowed to play physically he thought the Huskies would have a big edge. If the game is called close, then Oregon might have an edge, he thought.
So keep tabs early to see how the officials call this game.
PRE-GAME — Looks like a less than full-house as we near tip-off, a switch from most years here and something that may favor UW.
But then Oregon isn’t having the greatest season so maybe a little less enthusiasm should be expected.
Two people who are here are Dave “Softy” Mahler and Mike Hunsinger, the lawyer famous for handling the cases of UW athletes. Neither has been to a game at Mac Court, which may have just two years left, and wanted to see a game here before it ends its tenure as home of the Ducks.

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