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Husky Men's Basketball

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

January 22, 2009 at 7:33 PM

USC game thread

BROCKMAN GOES 0-8 — Brockman didn’t get a field goal, even missing a breakaway layin with 35 seconds to play. It’s the first time Brockman has gone a game without a field goal since he went 0-1 in the second round NCAA tourney win over Illinois his freshman season, a game in which he played just 15 minutes.
FIRST-PLACE SHOWDOWN SATURDAY — UW is up 11 with 1:34 to go and is going to hang on. And with the win, we now have a first-place showdown here Saturday as the Huskies and Bruins are each 5-1 in Pac-10 play, tied for the lead with Cal dropping off due to a shocking home loss to Oregon State tonight. UW has beaten UCLA four straight in Seattle.
Huskies have also now won 12 of 13 overall.
HUSKIES HANGING ON — UW remains in front at 65-58 with 3:10 left thanks in large part to a dominating night at the free throw line — how often have we said that the last few years? UW is 21-26 to USC’s 8-9, something Trojan coach Tim Floyd is likely to mention later.
UW 5-9 ON THREES — The Huskies are again putting a lie to the stats that indicate they aren’t a good three-point shooting team. That’s basically what is the difference right now as UW is 5-9 on threes while USC is 2-5. Dentmon just turned a three into a four-point play that has keyed a run that has the Huskies ahead 55-49 with 8:11 left.
THOMAS COMING ALIVE — Thomas has eight points this half, hitting 3-5 shots, to keep UW ahead 47-44. But Brockman is still without a field goal.
USC FALLING APART —- UW is on a 6-0 run and the Trojans are just turning the ball all over the place, with two straight just sloppy turnovers on their last two possessions. UW is ahead 41-36 with 13:56 to go, and kind of fortunate given Brockman is 0-5 with just two points.
UW AHEAD 37-36 — At the first second half timeout at 15:04. And pretty big dropoff becoming evident from Dwight Lewis to Leonard Washington, who is 1-8 and throwing up all kinds of crazy shots. He’s 0-4 this half.
UW 9-11 FROM THE FREE THROW LINE — That’s what has UW ahead right now, as much as anything. Not sure if that’s the best half of the year but has to be close to it.
BROCKMAN ONE POINT AT THE HALF — Brockman is 0-3 from the floor, having trouble getting position against USC’s packed-in defense. Thomas also has just one point and is 0-1 from the floor.
UW 31-30 AT HALF — But Huskies could have been up six or seven holding the ball as the half ended. Instead, Overton turned it over and Daniel Hackett — playing miserably otherwise — was able to square up and hit a 30-footer as the half ran out for a big swing in USC’s favor. USC will have the ball to start the second half as well.
UW is 10-24 shooting with 11 turnovers but is outrebounding USC 15-12.
USC is 12-26 with nine TOs.
DeRozan leads USC with 12 points while Dentmon and Pondexter lead UW with seven each.
WARREN MOON ALSO HERE TONIGHT — A lot of celebs here tonight to see this one as the former UW QB is also here gettinng a shout-out from the Dawg Pack. Spencer Hawes is also here.
OFFICIAL MAYHEM — Ever seen that before, a block and a charge on the same play? Doesn’t it have to be one or the other?
BROCKMAN, THOMAS ONE POINT COMBINED — USC’s zone defense and tall perimeter players are putting the clamps on UW’s offense so far as the Huskies are 6-17 shooting. IT is 0-2 and Brockman 0-2.
TURNOVER FEST — Hate to beat that drum again, but this is one of UW’s sloppier games in a while as the Huskies have eight turnovers with 7:37 still to play in the first half, the main reason USC has forged a 20-17 lead.
SARK INTRODUCED — Steve Sarkisian was just introduced to the crowd here during a time out with 11:55 to go. He wasn’t brought to mid-court, but a brief video of him talking at his introductory press conference was shown and then it switched to a live shot of him in his seat behind the basket near the UW bench to loud applause.
DEROZAN LEAPS OVER EVERYONE — One of the highlight plays of the year was just turned in by DeRozan when he dunked a lob pass from Daniel Hackett in traffic. DeRozan has six points and looks a little like he was hyped to be so far. USC leads 12-11.
SLOPPY EARLY — Neither team is real sharp early as UW leads 7-4 with 15:21 to go. UW is 3-7 shooting with two turnoverse, USC 2-6 with four turnovers. USC is fielding a lineup in which every player is 6-5 or taller. So far, that height seems to be bothering UW’s guards on the offensive end, but UW’s quickness is causing turnovers on the other end.
WASHINGTON FOR LEWIS — With Dwight Lewis out, freshman forward Leonard Washington is getting the start to give the Trojans a little bigger look up front.
ROY’S TEAMMATES IN THE HOUSE — Among the other former Huskies here tonight are Zane Potter and Hans Gasser, sitting along with Jamaal Williams at midcourt above the Dawg Pack.
Also here is Josh Smith, again sitting behind the UW bench.
New UW football coach Steve Sarkisian and some of his staff are also here, apparently off the road from recruiting and back in town to prepare for visits this weekend.
SHORT BUT SWEET — Not a real long ceremony here as Roy spoke for only 30 seconds or so, saying he had been told to keep it short. He thanked the fans and asked them to support the current team the way they supported him “and they will take you to great places.” The Huskies are all wearing the Roy t-shirts.
ROY JERSEY UP IN RAFTERS — Roy’s jersey has just been unveiled and it’s actually hanging alone in the north side rafters, or above the Dawg Pack section of seats.
He has just been introduced to the court along with his parents, fiancee and two children.
SOLD-OUT HOUSE — Driving in three hours before game time I was met at the entrance by a sign declaring that all tickets had been sold. That will make this the first sellout of the season, a fitting tribute for tonight’s honoree, Brandon Roy, who helped make full houses the norm during his time at UW.
As I type this a half-hour prior to game time, the Dawg Pack is full, many wearing the No. 3 Brandon Roy T-shirts specially made for for this night.
And the rafters already show evidence of what is to come — in place of the banner signifying the retiring of the jersey of Bob Houbregs, there is now a big “Houbregs 25” jersey hanging to the far left of the banners. Roy’s, it is presumed, will go to the right.

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