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Husky Men's Basketball

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

February 5, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Cal game thread

HUSKIES GO DOWN TO DEFEAT —- UW is down 16 and this one is over.
Now the Huskies have to wait until Sunday to play at Stanford, where they haven’t won since 1993.
The Huskies couldn’t stop Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson in the second half and for the second time in Pac-10 play, Jon Brockman was held without a field goal, tying a season-low with just four points. Brockman was 0-4 tonight — he was 0-8 against USC.
I’ll have more afterward.
HUSKIES IN BIG TROUBLE NOW — Bears are ahead 77-64 with 3:38 left, simply swarming the Huskies the last 15 minutes having hit 20-30 shots this half. A few fans are so confident they are heading for the exits.
CAL UP 71-60 — Quite the turnaround as the Bears had a 12-point lead and now hold it at 11 with just over six minutes to play. Cal has hit 17-27 shots this half.
ARTEM SIGHTING — With Brockman suffering one of his worst offensive games, the Huskies have replaced him with Artem Wallace, seeing his first non-garbage time action since before Pac-10 play began. Cal leads 65-58 with just over eight minutes to play.
CAL TAKES LEAD, PONDEXTER HITS 20 — A 10-0 Cal run put the Bears in the lead as Jerome
Randle is starting to heat up with 13 points in this half and 15 for the game. Pondexter now has 20 points, supplying the only offense for UW the last few minutes with Thomas on the bench — he’ll be in after the time out. It’s 55-51 Cal with 11:29 to play.
CAL TIES IT — Cal has gone on a 13-4 run to tie the game at 49 with 13:33 to play. Jordan Wilkes scored two straight times inside to key the run.
HUSKIES BIG EDGE AT LINE — UW is now 12-13 on free throws to 3-5 for Cal, a big reason the Huskies continue to lead. UW is 8-9 on FTs this half, getting to the line with lots of penetration.
UW UP 45-41 — Huskies took a nine-point lead twice. But Cal has scored the last five to cut it to four with 15:36 to play, though Pondexter will be at the line when play resumes.
UW TAKES BIGGEST LEAD — An 8-0 run has given UW a 40-34 lead with 17:54 to play. The last two UW buckets have come in transition as the Bears have two turnovers this half after five in the first half.
BROCKMAN ON THE BOARD — Brockman hit 1-2 free throws with 18:55 to play to finally get on the board.
WILL UW GET BROCKMAN GOING? — I don’t think UW can win this game with Brockman going scoreless. I would think the Huskies will run a play for him right off the bat to try to get him on the board.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Kind of an odd first half, with UW ahead 32-30.
The Huskies have that lead despite two points from Dentmon and zero from Brockman, who is 0-2 but with nine rebounds. Instead, it’s Quincy Pondexter with 14 points, Isaiah Thomas with eight leading the Huskies tonight. This is Pondexter’s best offensive half of the year as he has hit 6-10 shots, which includes a desperation heave at the end of the half. He’s got a couple after offensive rebounds and has done a nice job penetrating. He also hit a jumper.
UW is having one of its best defensive games, holding Cal to 13-33 shooting, and 5 for the last 19.
UW also has a big edge on the boards at 23-13, helping make up for nine turnovers.
Cal is just 1-6 on three-pointers, missing a few open looks. But UW is forcing Cal into a lot of one-on-one type play as well.
HUSKIES DOMINATING BOARDS — UW has a 19-10 lead on the boards, and that’s what’s keeping them ahead right now as they hold a 24-23 lead with 3:58 to play in the first half. UW has nine turnovers, but the last two have each come on offensive foul calls as the whistles are starting to come out. Dentmon and Brockman are a combined 1-6 (JB still just 0-1) but Cal is just 11-26 shooting and just two of its last 13.
BROCKMAN SCORELESS — UW has a 20-18 lead with 7:48 left and will be at the line for two QP free throws. UW has the lead despite no points from Brockman, who just had his only shot of the game swatted out of the way by Harper Kamp. Brockman simply hasn’t touched it much on offense to date.
CAL GONE COLD — The Bears have missed five straight shots as the Huskies have forged a 20-16 lead with 9:08 left. The Bears seem reduced to a lot of one-on-one play as UW isn’t letting them get into their offense much. MBA just swatted away a close shot by Jamal Boykin, indicative of UW’s defensive effort so far.
BACK AND FORTH GAME SO FAR — Since the game was tied at 8-8 the two teams have simply traded baskets. UW leads 16-14 at the 11:27 mark. One interesting sidelight — Bryan-Amaning came in at the 15:07 mark, took a shot and got fouled for reaching over the back on the rebound, and came out at the 14:50 mark. But after a talking-to from Romar he returned to the game.
HUSKIES ATTACKING MIDDLE EARLY — It’s 10-8 at the 15:07 mark of the first half, UW in the lead. And every shot has come within 10 feet or so as the Huskies are doing a good job at penetrating and getting some good looks close to the hoop. Pondexter is particularly effective going 3-3 for six points. UW is 5-6 shooting but has three turnovers.
INTERESTING TAKE ON TONIGHT’S GAME — I meant to link this earlier but didn’t get to it with all the travel and everything. But Seth Kolloen at Sports Northwest Magazine had an interesting look at tonight’s game and how the Huskies have struggled at times this season defending smaller guards, such as Cal’s Jerome Randle.
RESTORE THE ROAR — That’s what it says on the backs of all the shirts the kids in the Cal student section are wearing. We’ll see if they do that tonight. With about 7 minutes to tip the house is maybe 40 percent full.
NO DAVE LIBBEY TONIGHT — Instead, the officials are Scott Thornley, Michael Reed and Frank Harvey III. Neither Harvey nor Reed have worked a UW game this season. But UW is 3-0 in games officiated by Thornley — Oklahoma State, WSU and Oregon.
HAWES IN THE HOUSE — Former Husky Spencer Hawes is attending the game tonight with a night off from his duties with the nearby Sacramento Kings. We’re told he stopped by the team hotel before the game, as well. Hawes was here last season, also, when the Huskies beat the Bears here.
WRENN IN TROUBLE — In case you missed it on the page of our web site this afternoon, former Husky Doug Wrenn is in trouble. Here’s the link.
PRE-GAME —- 30 minutes to tip as they write this and about all that can be heard in Haas Pavilion are the UW players doing their “H-U-S-K-I-E-S” chant. The Cal players are back in their locker room, and few spectators are here yet.
This isn’t the most intimidating environment in the world — the renovation made it a bit too big in my estimation and there are usually lots of open seats. But it can get loud in here.
Cal center Jordan Wilkes suffered a sprained ankle that looked pretty bad late in the USC game last Saturday. But he was in uniform and taking part in the early warm-ups and he’s listed in the starting lineup.
In fact, there is no change to either starting lineup from the first meeting between the two teams last month in Seattle, a 3-OT win for the Bears.

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