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March 14, 2009 at 2:10 PM

More on Glasser-Overton

So I was reading Mike Tokito’s Pac-10 blog just a little while ago and he has an interesting note on the UW-ASU skirmish last night.
Tokito writes that the FSN announcers said that Derek Glasser’s father believes that Venoy Overton was the player who gave Glasser a concussion when the two teams played in January in Tempe — I didn’t hear this being at the game and not watching on TV. (Tokito actually says it happened the last time the two played but that’s not correct as Glasser suffered the concussion in the first game, as was well-reported at the time, though never officially linked to anything with Overton).
If so, maybe there was a little more history to what happened last night than we thought. (And reading some of your comments and e-mails, sounds as if the FSN guys also talked about Overton and Glasser exchanging a few words prior to the game, as well).
The incident essentially involved James Harden, Glasser and Overton. For those who don’t know the story, Harden and Glasser were high school teammates and longtime friends so maybe Harden was sticking up for his buddy when he chestbumped into Overton, clearing a space for Glasser to then walk over him and “hover” in Overton’s words.
If any of that had anything to with what happened last night, nobody was saying afterward. Glasser, as I wrote today, said he “couldn’t remember” what happened — he joked that the concussions had left his memory foggy, though he made no mention of the concussion happening against UW — and Harden also avoided any specifics. Overton said it was just heat-of-the-moment stuff and not specific to anything related to ASU.
Overton has been involved in a few dust-ups now and quickly earning a reputation as the guy you love to hate if he’s not on your team — in which case you simply love him (by the way, any talk of him flashing “gang signs” is not correct — he was merely giving the “W” that Washington athletes commonly display).
A few of you have written to me that Overton should be blamed for the loss, that it fired up ASU and allowed the Devils to pull away.
The facts, however, don’t really support that.
ASU took a 21-point lead in the first half before any of this happened, looking more than fired up in the process.
ASU led by 13 with 13:43 left, 48-35, when the incident occurred and it was UW that immediately went on a 25-10 run over the next seven minutes to take the lead.
At that point, UW just seemed to run out of gas and the Devils regained control.
It is true, however, that Glasser picked up his game after the incident. He had just two points at the time of the incident and scored 14 the rest of the way, a couple times driving by Overton for lay-ins. But Glasser didn’t do most of his damage until after UW had regained the lead — he scored 12 points in the last 6:56. Half of those points, though, were on two three-pointers, one off a scramble off an offensive rebound, and four others on free throws late when UW was trying to foul.
Glasser’s last two free throws came when he was fouled hard by Overton with 45 seconds remaining. But Glasser had no real comment about that play, either, saying he had no idea who got him on that one. We’ll see if everybody’s memories are better next January when the two teams meet again.



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