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February 8, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Stanford game thread

HUSKIES HOLD ON — And the losing streak against Stanford at Maples, which dated to Jan., 1993, is over at 15 games.
The Huskies are now 17-6 overall and more importantly, 8-3 in Pac-10 play and will end the weekend in sole possession of second place.
They also went 2-2 on a four-game road swing that had trouble written all over it before it started.
Now, UW has five of its last seven conference games, and six of eight overall, in Seattle.
This might be looked upon later as the get-over-the-hump game that assured an NCAA tourney berth.
Certainly, the Huskies look relieved to finally be leaving Maples with a win, something none of them have ever done.
The final score is 75-68 and as the final seconds ticked off, the only sound that could be heard is the “woof, woof, woof,” from the UW fans in the upper bleachers behind the Husky basket.
Pondexter led UW with 20 points while Isaiah Thomas had 17, 11 in the second half, including the driving bank shot with just around two minutes left that put UW up five and was the key shot of the game.
More later.
UW GOING COLD — Huskies have just one field goal in the last five minutes as Stanford has cut the lead to 66-63 with 2:16 to play.
STANFORD BACK IN IT — Josh Owens’ emphatic slam dunk has capped a Stanford run that has the Cardinal within 64-60 with 3:23 to play. UW will be at the line, however, after keeping the ball alive twice after missed shots. This game may now come down to free throws and this hasn’t been one of UW’s better days at 14-19 so far, though they are 6-6 this half.
NICE PLAY OUT OF THE TIME OUT — Nice move by Romar to call time with UW’s lead cut from 15 to 8. He designed a play that got Elston Turner wide open off a screen at the top of the key. Turner missed the shot but Pondexter crashed for the rebound and got fouled and UW stopped the run at seven. Stanford’s trying to get back in it but UW is answering every score right now and has a 60-52 lead and will be at the line after the time out with 7:11 left.
MBA COMES ALIVE — Bryan-Amaning got going with a rebound putback and that seemed to ignite his confidence and the next time down he made a nice move to bank in two more. UW is up 54-41 and that 15-year Stanford winning streak here is on its death bed. UW may not have the higher combined SAT score, but it is playing a lot smarter on the court in this one as Stanford is falling apart with a lot of dumb shots and bad decisions.
HUSKIES SURVIVING SO FAR — UW isn’t real sharp in the second half, but Stanford is about as dull as an afternoon of C-Span going 2-11 shooting with two more turnovers. A Maples Pavilion usually at a fever pitch when UW is in town —- because Stanford us usually winning — is deathly quiet right now save for the always entertaining band which not too long ago played “Light Up” by Styx.
UW TAKING CONTROL — UW has gone on a 9-0 run to start the second half and take a 44-34 lead. That’s now 29-9 since Stanford was up 10 midway through the first half. The one down note — five UW fouls in about a minute.
REVISED STATS SHOW UW WITH EIGHT TURNOVERS — Huskies also have five assists, only one fewer than the Cal game. UW holds a 19-18 rebounding edge on the official stats and has six steals, four by Overton.
FIRST FIVE MINUTES OF SECOND HALF THE KEY? — UW is locked in another tight battle on the road with the Huskies up 35-34 at the break. The first five minutes could tell a lot about where this game is headed. UW went on big runs in the first five minutes at WSU, OSU, Oregon and ASU to either blow open a close game, or the case of the ASU game, turn it into an even bigger rout that ensured that the home team couldn’t rally.
But at Arizona UW began to let the Wildcats grow crazy in the first five minutes of the second half. And at Cal, after taking a nine-point lead, they began to let the Bears right back in it.
We’ll see what happens today.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — You could look at this one and wonder how the Huskies are ahead at the half.
You could also say that the fact that UW has played as poorly as it has at times in the first half and still has the lead is a good sign for the rest of the game.
The Huskies are 13-30 shooting, 1-2 on threes, and 6-11 at the line, along with seven turnovers. But they scored Stanford 20-9 over the last eight minutes to come back from a 10-point deficit.
Pondexter leads UW with 13 points and Venoy Overton has also been a sparkplug off the bench with five points, two assists and a couple of steals, his pressure defense seeming to disrupt Stanford’s ability to get into its offense.
Thomas hasn’t looked real great but is next in scoring wiht six while Brockman also has five, though UW has at least three turnovers trying to get the ball into him in the post.
Stanford’s 11 turnovers included about four that were just kicked out of bounds or simply the result of inattention. Neither coach is likely happy about this one at the half.
MBA STILL STRUGGLING — MBA is now 0-4 after missing another close one inside. He says his toe is hurting, but not the reason for his struggles. Whatever the case, right now he’s not the same guy who looked so promising in late December. But there’s still a lot of game left with the score tied at 29 with 3:30 to play.
SLOPPY GAME — Stanford just lost its 10th turnover, and to go with seven for the Huskies this is one of the more ragged games of the season. UW has fought back to forge a 29-29 tie and the crowd is growing restless.
HUSKIES FIGHTING BACK — UW went almost seven minutes without a field goal and fell down by 10. But six in a row has the Huskies back in it, down 25-21 with 7:24 left and Thomas shooting a FT after the time out.
Pondexter, playing in front of both his father and uncle, is having one of his most aggressive offensive games and is leading the Huskies with 11 points. He has four of the team’s seven field goals.
STANFORD BREAKING AWAY A LITTLE — The Cardinal has scored nine in a row to take a 22-15 lead as the UW offense again looks disjointed — UW is 6-15 shooting with six turnovers at the 8:51 mark. UW looks like a team that had a lot of down time the last two days.
UW UP 14-13 — At the second time out with 11:23 left. Brockman has his first field goal on a nice pass from Holiday. But this isn’t a crisp effort so far as UW has four turnovers andn is 1-4 on free throws.
TIE GAME AT FIRST TIME OUT — Game is tied at 9 at the 15:23 mark, each team hitting 4-7 shots. The Huskies seem to be doing a better job of getting into the lane, with Dentmon hitting two runners that have fallen in.
However, Brockman doesn’t yet have a shot. He got the ball on the first possession then tossed it back out and I don’t think he’s really touched it since. And in what seems like a change in habit, the first sub off the bench is Venoy Overton instead of Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who has been struggling. Overton is in for Isaiah Thomas who is 0-2 from the field and the line.
BROCKMAN GATHERS TEAM AT FREE THROW LINE — Maybe UW always does this and I don’t always pay attention. But I noticed today about an hour before the game, as the Huskies wrapped up their informal shoot-around and then began doing more structured drills, Brockman gathered the team at the free throw line for a talk that lasted about a minute or so.
QUINCY’S UNCLE IN THE HOUSE — These games, along with the two in LA, are the closest the Huskies get to Fresno each year, and as such, Quincy Pondexter usually has a lot of family in attendance. Today’s group includes his uncle, Clift, who was a star at Long Beach State in the early ’70s before becoming a first round draft pick and playing in the NBA for three years. Cliff hasn’t made it to a lot of games through the years so this may be a special one for Quincy today.
PRE-GAME — About 75 minutes to game time as type this and the Huskies are out on the court shooting.
And yes, they are in their regular purple road uniforms after wearing gold Thursday at Cal. Official word is that the team considers both purple and gold to be its road uniforms and sometimes picks the gold. There was no reason for it the other night, just mixing things up a bit. But it’s back to purple today.
Lorenzo Romar is in a corner watching the shootaround and talking with the broadcasters todady — Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini, who was a former head coach at San Francisco.
He was back in town yesterday and attended the St. Mary’s-Santa Clara game — St. Mary’s coach Randy Bennett was an assistant for Romar at St. Louis.
Friday night, Romar was in Utah watching UW signee C.J. Wilcox score 29 points for Pleasant Grove in what was a tough loss for his team.
The officials today are Deron White, Tony Padilla and Ken Ditty, so no Dave Libbey, who was in Berkeley last night doing the Cal-WSU game.
Padilla and Ditty each did the UW-USC game in Seattle last month, Padilla, who is the head referee, also worked the UW-OSU game in Corvallis. Ditty and White also did the UW-Eastern game in December while Ditty also worked the UW-Portland game.

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