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February 21, 2009 at 3:53 PM

USC game thread

ROMAR’S POST-GAME THOUGHT — Here’s Lorenzo Romar’s inital post-game summation of today’s win:
“To be down in a hostile envoirnent against a tough, gritty, talented team, to come back and win as a team is as good as it gets in team sports on the road, and we did it as a team today.”
Romar also said of Pondexter that “from the opening tip Quincy was just a man out there today. It was good to see.”
Also, some rumblings that USC’s Dwight Lewis and Daniel Hackett got into some kind of altercation afterward that had to be broken up. I’ll check some of the USC sites later to see if there is more on that, but two different people here have told me it happened.
HUSKIES GET A BIG WIN — One of the biggest wins of the season for the Huskies to come back from 11 down early in the first half and then dominate the last eight minutes to win 60-51.
UW again has a full-game lead on the rest of the Pac-10 with Arizona and Arizona State playing tomorrow night.
Here’s what the Pac-10 standings look like at this moment:
Washington 11-4
Arizona State 9-4
UCLA 9-5
Cal 9-5
Arizona 8-5
USC 7-7
Oregon State 7-8
WSU 6-9
Stanford 4-9
Oregon 0-14
Pondexter led the Huskies with 22 points, the only UW player in double figures on a day when UW got the win with defense, hustle and opportunistic play.
Simply put, UW seemed to want it more down the stretch, and seemed to have a better idea of what it was doing. USC couldn’t get any shots in the last seven minutes,
UW now has three in a row at home to end the Pac-10 season.
And the Huskies will finish 6-3 on the road in Pac-10 play this year.
HUSKIES POISED TO WIN — UW leads 56-51 with 1:31 to play having outscored USC 12-5 since the 7:28 mark. Pondexter has eight points in that run.
PONDEXTER TAKES OVER —- Pondexter has scored six in a row to put UW ahead 52-50 with 3:29 to play. He’s playing his latest in a string of good games with 20 points on 9-14 shooting.
USC OUTBOARDING UW — With USC ahead 48-44 and 7:28 left, also worth nothing that USC is outrebounding the Huskies 31-29.
UW 1-11 ON THREE-POINTERS — With Dentmon struggling, the Huskies are struggling to get much of a perimeter game. Elston Turner is getting some good minutes right now and hit a long two. And UW is hanging in down just 46-44 with 7:28 to go.
MBA AWAKENS — While the guards are struggling, this is one of the better games of late for Bryan-Amaning who has seven points and is 5-9 at the free throw line — not a great percentage but evidence of his ability to get in position to score today.
DENTMON STRUGGLING — After missing his first shot of the second half Dentmon went to the bench where he still is with USC holding a 41-37 lead with 11:45 to play. Dentmon is 1-9 with four points. Thomas has four points this half but the Huskies have just six and UW is 2-13 to start the half.
GAME OF RUNS — USC is answering the 18-2 UW first-half run with one of its own here in the second half, having scored the last 11 points to turn a 35-28 UW lead into a 39-35 Trojan advantage.
SCOUTS? — The row in front of the press seating here is reserved for scouts and the guy right in front of me is Mitch Kupchack, GM of the Lakers. Sure he’s looking at Brockman and probably 3-4 Trojans.
USC DROUGHT — Now that we have the official play-by-play I can clarify the USC scoring drought. USC had just one field goal in a span of 9:48, taking a 22-11 lead at the 12:36 mark, then allowing UW to go on an 18-2 run before USC scored again with 2:48 left.
ANOTHER FAST FIRST FIVE? —- The second half is set to begin soon and the first five minutes will tell a lot. In almost all of UW’s road wins this season it has been close at halftime then really took control in the first five minutes of the second half. This is kind of a sleepy arena right now with the crowd wondering what happend the last 10 minutes or so, so the opportunity is there for UW.
And not sure how it played on TV, but being here you can see how the Trojans are trying to funnel Dentmon and IT into the middle and then collapsing on them. That’s leaving others open and Pondexter, for one, is taking advantage, hitting 4-5 shots in the first half.
USC, meanwhile, has 10 turnovers, and UW eight, evidence of how sloppy the half was.
HUSKIES UP 31-28 AT THE HALF — After trailing early by 11, 22-11, UW controlled the rest of the half to take command, holding USC to just three field goals and six points in the last 12:30. USC’s triangle-and-two is working to take out UW’s guards, but USC looks out-of-control on offense and after starting 7-9 shooting is now just 11-27 and 2-8 on three-pointers. UW also is getting to the line, hitting 8-11 to USC’s 4-5.
UW TAKES CONTROL WITIH 18-2 RUN — UW outscored USC 18-2 over about 10 minutes to take a 29-24 lead. It’s now 29-26 with 2:34 left and there’s a lot of grumbling in the stands. Dentmon and IT have a combined two points as USC’s defensive plan to take them out is working. But Pondexter has 10 and Brockman six to fill the void.
HUSKIES CLAW BACK — A 7-0 run has UW within 22-18 with 8:44 to go. Venoy Overton has keyed the rally with two steals and a three-pointer. He now has three three-pointers in Pac-10 play, all against USC, hitting two critical ones in the win over the Trojans in the win in Seattle last month.
HUSKIES COME OUT SLOW — Another slow start on the road for the Huskies as USC is up 22-11 with 11:51 to play. UW has hit just 4-13 shots and has played sloppily on the offensive end. USC, meanwhile, hit seven of its first nine shots. Justin Dentmon is 0-6, getting some shots but not able to knock them down. Obviously critical for UW to keep this one within reach.
IT OUT EARLY — The first sub of the game came early as Venoy Overton came in for Isaiah Thomas at about the 17:30 mark. Hard from our perch to tell exactly why. USC leads 11-8 at the 15:32 mark.
WASHINGTON STARTS FOR TROJANS — USC changed up its starting lineup with Leonard Washington getting the start at forward in place of Nikola Vucevic. Appears to be a matchup thing to help USC deal with Jon Brockman.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING — UW may have already won twice by the time tip off rolls around as WSU beat UCLA and Oregon State is ahead of Cal as I type this.
So much for worrying about falling to fourth place by the end of the weekend. UW could be in better control than ever with a win today.
I attended the UCLA game and Ben Howland said afterward he thought his team expended so much energy in preparing to play UW, and then the game itself, that it might have been worn out for the game today against the Cougars. He said he blamed himself for not getting his team to understand how it would have to play to beat WSU.
Whatever the case, more proof of how even this league is here today — and what a great opportunity today could be for the Huskies.

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