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March 13, 2009 at 5:46 PM

ASU game thread

SUN DEVILS HOLD ON TO WIN — After a remarkable comeback, the Huskies ran out of gas and ASU held on for a 75-65 victory.
James Harden finished with 24 points to lead the Sun Devils while the Huskies couldn’t overcome a 7-30 first half that built a 21-point deficit.
UW is now 25-8 and heads home to await its fate on Selection Sunday. Seems now like UW is likely resigned to a No. 3 seed.
ASU REGAINS COMMAND — A 9-0 ASU run has the Devils back in control at 67-60 with 3:23 left. Glasser has two three-pointers in the run and how has 12 for the game.
HUSKIES TAKE LEAD — UW made up the entire gap, finally taking the lead on a Thomas lay-in with 8:01 left. ASU has regained the lead but UW is back at the line with 7:11 remaining with a chance to regain it — ASU is up 56-55.
UW is 14-22 shooting and has outrebounded ASU by nine to even the rebound total.
HUSKIES CLOSE TO FOUR — What would have to rank as one of the more amazing comebacks in recent school history is underway as UW has cut a 21-point lead to four. Since trailing 38-17 UW has outscored ASU 31-14 to cut the gap to 52-48 with 9:59 left.
UW COMEBACK CONTINUES — After the fracas and the technicals, UW has outscored ASU 7-2 to cut the lead to 50-43 with 11:26 left. The officials figure to call the game pretty tightly the rest of the way which could favor the Huskies.
TENSIONS RISE — Any doubt about the heated nature of this rivalry is over now after a brief altercation that has stopped the action here with 13:43 to play. Those of you at home may have seen it better than us here. But it looked like Harden bumped into Overton and knocked him down on his way back to the free throw line and then Overton appeared to grab Glasser’s leg as the ASU point guard walked over him.
From there there was a lot of talk and menacing looks and the coaches rushed onto the floor to break it up.
ASU leads 48-35 with 13:43 to play.
HUSKIES COMING BACK — A 6-0 UW run has cut the lead to 44-33 with 14:50 left and ASU has called time out. UW is 5-9 shooting to start the half. Overton has again helped spark the run with his on-ball pressure defense out front.
HUSKIES TRYING TO GO INSIDE MORE — As the second half starts, UW seems to have more of a plan on offense, either throwing the ball inside or penetrating instead of just settling for hurried jumpers. Still, ASU leads 44-27 with 15:58 to play.
QUICK NOTE ON ABBOTT — Abbott has 12 points at the half, as many as he has had in any single game since December. He hit double figures in Pac-10 play only once all year when he scored 12 against UCLA.
CAN HUSKIES CRAWL BACK IN IT? — A 17-point deficit won’t be easy to come back from, and I’d have to do more research than I can at the moment to figure out the last tim UW came back from 21 — at the moment the largest margin of the game.
But to do so, UW is going to have to show some patience on the offensive end to get some better shots.
I would imagine that is the loudest message being heard right now from Lorenzo Romar.
Some ugly offensive numbers early — Thomas is 1-6, Dentmon 2-6, Gant 0-4 andn Pondexter 0-3. Only Brockman, at 3-4, is making more than half of his shots.
Brockman, however, has just one rebound in 14 minutes as UW is being outboarded 24-15 Harden is the game’s leading rebounder with six.
HUSKIES IN A BIG HOLE AT THE HALF — ASU leads 38-21 at the half a margin that would have been a lot worse if not for a Dentmon four-point play with 1.5 seconds remaining.
After missing its first five shots ASU went 15-26. Harden, who struggled in the first few minutes, has a game-high 15. Ty Abbott, held to five points combined in the first two games against UW, has 12.
UW’s 21 points are its fewest in a half this season — 22 against Kansas had been the low mark.
UW is 7-30 shooting and four for the last 24 by my count.
ASU has had runs of 14-0 and 13-0 to make up for an early 11-5 lead.
As mentioned earlier, UW coaches seemed particularly perturbed at the shot selection of the Huskies early, and then once ASU got the lead it all seemed to fall apart as the Sun Devils began to feel comfortable.
The halftime deficit is the largest of the season — the previous high had been 32-22 against Kansas.
ASU OUTBOARDING UW 17-10 — So maybe ASU does want this one more than the Huskies. The Devils are dominating the boards right now, as well as the game, holding a 28-15 lead with 3:21 to play in the first half. UW’s lowest halftime total of the year is 22 against Kansas.
HARDEN CATCHES FIRE, ASU EXPANDS LEAD — Two straight three-pointers by James Harden, suddenly getting open, has ASU now ahead 26-15 with 4:47 to play in the first half. Harden has 10 points as ASU is on a 21-4 run.
ASU SCORES 13 IN A ROW TO TAKE LEAD — UW missed seven straight shots as ASU scored 13 in a row to take a 20-13 lead with 7:11 to play. UW coaches seem upset with the shot selection of Washington’s players at the moment as the Huskies are 5-19 shooting. In fact, we’re near the UW bench and we can hear the Husky coaches telling the players that their shot selection at the moment is “atrocious.”
ASU SHOOTING 3-14 — And Harden is just 1-5 as UW holds a 11-7 lead with 11:23 to play. Gant is again troubling Harden all over the floor and ASU is not getting any easy looks.
UW UP 6-2 AT FIRST TIME OUT — Any questioning that UW wants this game already seems out the window as the Huskies have come out with frenetic defense. ASU is 1-6 shooting so far.
ASU FLUSTERED EARLY — With UW up 2-0, ASU has called a time out at the 17:13 mark, unable to get anything going offensively. So far, Pendergraph is having trouble getting open against Brockman.
GANT ON HARDEN — Gant is again guarding Harden, though he also picked up a foul at the 19:12 mark.
HUSKY BASKETBALL!!!! AHHHHH!!!! — That was the cry of Venoy Overton as the Huskies ran through the tunnel and onto the court here at Staples Center. Tip is in four minutes.
LIGHT CROWD SO FAR — With about six minutes to tip I’d say the place is about a quarter full, at best. UW fans are mostly across and to the left of the UW bench, ASU fans next to them. I expect the place to gradually fill, however, in aniticipation of the USC-UCLA game later.
PRE-GAME — About 20 minutes to tip-off as I write this.
And somewhere in Staples Center, or will be soon, is former UW AD Barbara Hedges. I happened to run into her briefly in the media hotel where she was meeting a friend on her way to coming to the tournament. She said this was the first time she’d been at the tournament in a long time — probably since she left UW in 2004 though she didn’t say.
Also expected to be here is Steve Sarkisian, who I am told now as also here last night — I didn’t see him then but guess he was here.
And also here last night was the original Isiah Thomas, who apparently met up briefly with the parents of UW’s Isaiah Thomas, though apparently not with Isaiah himself. And I should clarify, sounds as if the parents and Thomas have met before.

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