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February 19, 2009 at 7:36 PM

UCLA game thread

QUICK POST-GAME NOTES —- Brockmam said he woke up with a touch of the flu on Wednesday and was also achy. He said it affected him but he thought he played through it okay. He said he didn’t have any IV’s just pumped a lot of fluids in all day.
Romar said he thought the key was lax defense in the second half when UCLA was 18-29. “We just couldn’t get stops,” he said.
Of the refs, UW players and coaches seemed fine with it Brockman saying simply that “they let us play.”
BRUINS WIN IT — UCLA got revenge for UW’s win in Seattle last month and also made the race for the Pac-10 title about as tight as it can be.
With UCLA’s win there’s now a four-team logjam at the top of the standings with UW at 10-4 and UCLA, ASU and Cal all at 9-4.
The Huskies now have to again win one on Saturday after losing on Thursday, this time at USC. UW was able to pull that off twice earlier this year winning at Arizona State and Stanford after losing the first game of the trip.
If there’s an early stat that stands out in this one it’s UCLA’s 15-18 at the line to UW’s 4-10. That’s by far the fewest makes and attempts for UW this year — the previous low makes was 9 against Kansas the previous low attempts was 14.
I’ll be back with more in a little while.
PHOTO FINISH? — With 3:52 to play UCLA leads just 71-67 and we seem primed for a fantastic finish. Deadline issues for my main story will keep me from commenting much more on the blog for a little while.
UCLA BACK UP — Collison came back in and has scored six points as UCLA has gone on a 10-3 run to take a 65-58 lead with 8:25 remaining.
UW TIES IT UP — Huskies put a trap on the Bruins after Darren Collison took a seat for a few minutes, and a 10-2 run has tied the game at 55 with 11:08 left.
HUSKIES RIGHT BACK IN IT — A 6-0 UW run fueled by a couple of good defensive plays has UW within 53-51 with 12:17 remaining and right back in this game. It’s a pretty quiet Pauley right now and the UW fans up in the rafters of section 310 can be heard pretty easily.
HOWLAND CALLS FIRST TIME OUT — UCLA is up 51-43 after a Dragovic three and Ben Howland has called his first time out this game after a made shot — something that is his trademark but some observers question. He apparently thinks it’s worth it to set up a defense and deny a basket than save the time outs for later.
CALLING IT CLOSER — There have already been four whistles in this half after it took more than nine minutes for the first foul of the ffrst half.
UCLA’S BIGGEST LEAD — Bruins now lead 41-31 with 17:35, their biggest lead of the game, causing Romar to call a time out. UW’s offense continues to look out of sync.
SHIPP KILLING HUSKIES — Josh Shipp leads all scorers with 11 points, taking over where he left off in Seattle when he had 24.
EACH TEAM HAS EIGHT TURNOVERS — The official stats show each team with eight TOs. And despite being a little ill, Brockman has eight points and 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies in each category, playing 16 minutes.
UCLA is outrebounding UW 25-20 in what would be a pace for Washington’s largest deficit in that category for the season
Also noteworthy — UW’s starting backcourt is shooting 5-16 and UW is just 1-4 on three-pointers.
BROCKMAN HAS A TOUCH OF THE FLU — A UW spokesman said Brockman has a touch of the flu.
COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE — UW is trailing 34-27 at the half but it feels like it could have been a much greater deficit. The Huskies are just 13-34 and unofficially have at least nine turnovers. But UCLA missed a few point-blank shots in the last few minutes which helped keep the Huskies in it.
UW seems a little off its game, looking like they seem a little awed by the magnitude of the game or something.
HUSKIES STAYING CLOSE — UCLA has hit one of its droughts that its fans have been complaining about this year, not scoring since the 7:02 mark and allowing UW to crawl within 25-23 with 3:30 left. Neither team shooting well now as UW 11-29 and UCLA 10-27.
PLAYING IN MUD — Both teams continue to look a little sluggish but UCLA has hit three three-pointers to take a 23-17 lead. The Bruins are sending a big player out to double-team UW’s guards on a lot of possessions — not a new strategy but one that so far seems to be slowing down UW just a little.
Also, they aren’t calling anything — just three fouls combined, one on UCLA and two on UW. That seems to be favoring the more aggressive Bruins, who are outrebounding UW 14-10.
TURNOVER FEST — UCLA had turnovers on three straight possessions and by my count has five at the 10:56 mark. But the Bruins are 7-15 to UW’s 6-18 to take a 16-13 lead.
I’m seeing your notes that Rondeau said Brockman may be ill. I don’t know the details but Brockman did just wave to ask out of the game before the last time out, not something he often does, if ever. I’ll try to find out what I can.
RAGGED START — The Pac-10 Game of the Year is off to a ragged start with the two teams starting a combined 4-16.
But what’s really interesting is that we are at the 13:50 mark and there has not yet been a single foul called. Not sure I’ve ever seen a Pac-10 game go this long without a single whistle.
UCLA leads 11-9 and will have the ball after a time out.
ABOYA STARTING — Not that there was much doubt after he took part in practice yesterday but Alfred Aboya is in the starting lineup tonight after being ill earlier in the week with the flu.
CROWD FILLING IN — About 20 minutes to tip and there are already fans taking their seats in the far upper reaches. I’ve been here 15-20 times or so and this can sometimes be an underwhelming environment given its history and the stature of the team playing here. Sometimes feels as if the crowd here is waiting to be impressed, or waiting for the big game. But tonight definitely is the latter, and it’s beginning to feel like it in the arena.
The student section is full and all (well, most) are standing. This is one of the classier student sections in the Pac-10 and one of the cool things they do here is call out to every player on the UCLA roster —- Dar-ren Coll-i-son, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap — until the player acknowledges the cheer. It seems like kind of a neat bonding thing between the players and the students I haven’t really seen anywhere else.
PRE-GAME — The refs have taken the court and we don’t have their names for tonight and one of them I don’t recognize. But none of them are Dave Libbey and one of them is Bruce Hicks, whose most recent UW game was Saturday against Oregon. He also did the Cal game at home.

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