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February 14, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Oregon game thread

It’s over — Huskies win 103-84. Uneven win for the Dawgs. They dominated the first half and played in spurts after intermission. Oregon sank 10 three-pointers to keep it close. Porter finished with a game-high 33 points to pace four Ducks who scored in double figures. That’s it for the game thread. We’ll have more later.
That’s 100 — Brockman sank a layup and Dentmon drained a three-pointer to end their afternoon. They finished with 21 apiece. Thomas had 24 and Pondexter 20. All four are out of the game. The UW said it’s not sure the last time it had four players score at least 20 points. Artem Wallace, Joe Wolfinger and Scott Suggs are finishing out the last two minutes along with Elston Turner and Overton.
Four over 20? — Pondexter and Thomas each have 20 points. Brockman has 19 and Dentmon 18. The stat crew is searching to find the last time the team has had four players score at least 20 points.
Ducks won’t die — Oregon had trailed by as much as 24 in the first half, but narrowed the deficit to 14 thanks to timely three-poitners from Porter and Sim. UW still controls the game, but it’s much closer than it might have been. The Huskies are up 91-76 with 3:24 left.
Foul feast — This game might have ended minutes ago if not for the litany of fouls committed by Oregon. The Ducks have five players with four fouls and 28 total. The UW has taken 40 free throws, converting 31.
Romar getting annoyed — The careless passes, which are leading to turnovers is driving coach Lorenzo Romar crazy. After a timeout, he pulled Thomas aside on the court for a personal consultation. It was obvious the coach was talking to Thomas about his decision making. This game might have been historically bad, but UW’s errors are allowing Oregon to keep it respectable.
Bobby’s on board — Former UW standout Bobby Jones is sitting in the stands cradling a little girl.
Halftime — UW has a commanding 49-25 lead. Considering Oregon is 1-15 when trailing at halftime this season, it’s safe to assume its chances of coming back are extremely remote. Nine players have scored for Washington, including Dentmon who has a game-high 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Thomas has 10 and Pondexter 8. Brockman continues his mini-scoring slump. He has 5 points on 1-for-6 shooting. He also ahs a team-high 5 rebounds. If not for Dunigan’s 10 points, this game would be even more of a laugher. It’s amazing how few scoring options Oregon has.
He did it again — IT lulled Longmire to sleep with a hesitation move before blowing past him and diving into the lane. He leapt on the right side the basket, floated to the left and double clutched a layup that rattled around the rim and fell in despite being fouled. Thomas also drained two FTs to put UW ahead 36-17.
Doubled upJustin Dentmon buried a three-pointer and Quincy Pondexter knocked down a mid-ranger jumper to put UW ahead 32-16 with 6:16 left. This could get out of hand quickly.
Halfcourt defense — Not sure if its the UW’s strong defense or UO’s poor offense, but the Ducks are having great difficulty scoring in a halfcourt set. As usual the Husky guards are providing strong on-ball pressure and the defensive rotations behind them are quick. UW leads 27-16 with 7;27 left.
Balanced scoring — Seven Dawgs have scored and we’re not even halfway through the first half. This is a good sign for the UW. No one has more than Isaiah Thomas’ 4 points. UW leads 17-8.
Final — Arizona 84, UCLA 72.
Strong start — Three UO possessions, three turnovers, which led to four points. Washington also is showing it’s dominance on the board, getting three shots for another score. UW leads 6-0.
Starting lineups — No change for the UW crew which makes its 25th start. Oregon trots out Garrett Sim and Tajuan Porter at guards, LeKendric Longmire and Joevan Catron at forwards and Michael Dunigan at center.
Pre-game notes: It’s about 10 minutes until tip-off and the building is not yet half full. There’s a slight buzz going around the arena about the UCLA-Arizona game. The last I checked, the Bruins were trailing by 20-plus midway in the second half, which bodes well for the Huskies. A win today and they can take a 1 1/2 game lead in the Pac-10 with five remaining.
Both teams are on the court going through final warmups. The UW students are riding UO’s Tajuan Porter who seems to be taking it all in stride.
Spoke with radio color analyst Jason Hamilton, who is back today after missing Thursday’s game because of what he called the 24-hour flu. Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluominiare calling the game for FSN.
Today’s referees are: Bruce Hicks, Jim Giron and Bob Staffen.

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