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March 12, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Stanford game thread

HUSKIES WIN — UW gets the win 85-73, beating Stanford for the third time this year, each a little more dominant than the first.
Brockman led the way with 20 points while Thomas had 14, all in the second half, and Pondexter 11, also all in the second half.
UW will play ASU in the semifinals tomorrow at 6 p.m.
I’ll have more after interviews.
HUSKIES PULLING AWAY — UW is going to get the win as its 81-68 with 1:36 left and the Huskies are emptying the bench. The final basket came on a dunk from MBA. But he then paused and posed for the cameras, and Romar didn’t like that, giving a disgusted look as he turned back to the bench.
HUSKIES NOW UP 10 — It’s 78-68 with 3:09 left and UW now has only to avoid disaster to move on and set up a meeting with ASU in the semifinals.
Another big rebounding edge is proving critical for UW as its 41-30 in favor of the Huskies at the moment according to the Yahoo.com stats — we actually don’t have an official stat sheet monitor here to review.
And guess who the leading rebounder for the Huskies is at the moment? Thomas, with eight.
UW 16-18 AT THE LINE — It’s been evident for a while that UW is an improving free throw shooting team. But it’s evident again today as UW is 16-18 at the line and as the game enters crunch time, UW fans have to feel confident now instead of nervous.
UW HOLDING ON — Huskies lead 74-67 with 6:42 left as each offense has come to life. But UW will be fine right now with trading baskets as the Huskies have the lead. Thomas now has 11 points and Pondexter also has 11 after going 0-4 in the first half.
HUSKIES COME ALIVE — Another rapid run to the start the second half for the Huskies as they have exploded to take a 59-48 lead with 12:38 left. With Stanford already running on fumes, this one could be pretty much over.
Thomas had nine points to get UW going and now Overton has a two lay-ins to keep the Huskies running.
IT COMES ALIVE — Thomas has scored nine points in about two minutes to key a 7-0 UW run that has the Huskies ahead 50-43 with 15:38 left.
Thomas scored on a runner in the lane, a lay-in in transition, a three-pointer, and another runner in transition. He was 0-6 with no points in the first half.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — To me, the key for the Huskies in the second half will be to keep pushing the pace. It’s leading to some ragged play at times in this one. But the Cardinal already seems to be beginning to wilt, and I think UW may just need one little 8-0 run or something to put this one away considering that the Cardinal played just about 18 hours ago.
The Huskies have 11 turnovers to Stanford’s 10, evidence of the sloppy play so far — Overton has three and Brockman and MBA two each. That needs to settle down. But if it does, and if the Huskies keep the pressure up, UW should pull away in this one.
It’s helping the Huskies that Lawrence Hill is 1-7. UW appears willing to let him fire away from outside, and he, as well as some of his teammates, seem to be taking the bait — Stanford is 13-34 shooting, UW 13-37.
UW has a 26-21 edge in rebounding getting an across-the-board effort as no one has more than MBA’s five.
Also a key for UW, slowing down Landry Fields, who has 13 points and eight boards for the Cardinal.
HUSKIES UP 38-35 AT THE HALF — Elston Turner came alive to hit three three-pointers in the last 2:30 of the half to put UW ahead. But the Huskies probably feel like they should have been up more as Stanford got a three-pointer that banked in at the buzzer from Kenny Brown.
Turner’s hot shooting compensated for a 0-6 half from Isaiah Thomas.
PACE SLOWING — Stanford seems to be tiring in the wake of a quick pace to this game. Still, it’s tied at 27 with 3:18 to go in the half, the Huskies not yet able to shake the Cardinal with shooting still sketchy for both teams — Stanford is 10-31, UW 9-32.
In good UW shooting news, Brockman is 5-5 at the line and is 63-83 at the line in his last 16 games.
STANFORD UP 20-18 — With 6:43 to play in a quick first half. But Brockman will be at the line after the time out having gotten a third foul on Stanford big man Will Paul, the first chink in the armor of Stanford’s depth, which should play to Washington’s advantage.
But the ragged play continues — UW is 6-24 from the field, Stanford 8-26.
FRANTIC PACE — It’s tied at 12 with 11:01 to go, and both teams are treating the ball as if it is something to get rid of as quickly as possible. Stanford has had eight possessions in the last four minutes and has gone 1-8 from the floor, shooting within about five seconds each time, seeming to get caught up in UW’s pace. Long term, that figures to be a good thing for the Huskies though right now, UW is not very efficient on offense, either. Stanford is 5-18 shooting and UW 4-18.
STANFORD UP 8-6 — At the first time out the Cardinal has the lead, scoring eight in a row after UW got a Dentmon three to start the game. Huskies looked a little too amped up in the early going, rushing some shots. But Stanford is doing the same.
It’s a pretty quiet atmosphere right now with neither team having a real vocal contingent — neither matching what UA and ASU had in the first game. There’s really no cheering at all for the Cardinal.
Huskies are 2-8 to start the game with two turnovers.
PRE-GAME — About 10 minutes to tip. Press row is right behind the UW bench here so we’ll have a unique view of this one.
Heard a little of Herb Sendek’s post-game interview and he said the big test for his team will be recovering from now until tip tomorrow night. As a team that isn’t very deep, he said that will be especially critical.

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