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March 19, 2009 at 1:45 PM

NCAA game thread

IT’S OVER — UW has put this one away and will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournanment for the third time in five years.
UW was never threatended in the second half and wins this one 71-58.
Huskies will now face Purdue on Saturday afternoon in a time still to be determined for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.
Pondexter led the Huskies with 23 while only one MSU player broke into double figures, Barry Stewart with 11.
More later.
DEPTH SHOWING THROUGH — With 6:11 to go, Dentmon and Thomas have a combined six points yet UW remains ahead 59-44 appearing on the way to a comfortable win.
PONDEXTER WITH 23 — UW continues to lead here 57-43 with 6:49 to play and Pondexter has 23 points, two shy of his career-high set, set most recently in 2007 against Arizona when he was a freshman. His season-high this year was 22 at USC.
OVERTON FROM THREE — Overton just hit his ninth three-pointer of the season to put UW up 55-37 with 9:45 left, which might have been the kiss of death for the Bulldogs.
MSU 2-13 TO START SECOND HALF — The Bulldogs are wearing down under the intense pressure of the Huskies, and maybe as well their busy schedule last week, hitting just 2-13 shots to begin the second half. UW is comfortably in front 50-32 with 11:57 to play. Dentmon just scored his first two points of the game, negating the theory that as he goes, so go the Huskies. As has become evident, one of this team’s greatest strengths is its balance.
VARNADO OUT WITH FOUR FOULS — Varnado picked up two more quick fouls and is out at the 14:18 mark. UW leads 48-32 with 13:30 to play.
BROCKMAN FALLS HARD BUT OKAY — The scariest moment for the Huskies today might have come a few minutes ago when Brockman fell hard to floor on his left side — TV replays showed his mom and dad with worried looks, mother Becky holding her hand over her chest. But he immediately got up and has stayed in the game. UW leads 44-30 with 15:27 to play.
Jarvis Varnado has at least two blocks for the game after a big swat of a Pondexter shot just a minute ago, but that hasn’t been a big factor so far.
UW PUTTING IT AWAY? — A 6-0 run to start the second half has UW on the verge of turning this one into a blow out. MSU tried to force it into Varnado but he missed three straight shots and UW now leads 44-27.
ANOTHER QUICK SECOND HALF START FOR UW? — I’ve written often this year in this space how the first five minutes of the second half has proved critical for the Huskies to put games away. Here’s another chance to do it. Get up by 15 or so early and MSU could really start to fade. And with Varnado back in to start the half, you would think the Bulldogs have to get back in it here if they are going to do it at all. Of course, Brockman’s return could cancel that out.
SOME HALFTIME STATS — Brockman officially played 10:49 in the first half and
Varnado just 6:24 due to the foul trouble. You wonder if MSU fans will question Varnado sitting so long as UW built a big lead.
The Huskies shot 16-32 after starting out 5-13, and just seven turnovers after losing five in the first 10 minutes.
MSU is 8-26 shooting and 2-8 on threes with nine turnovers.
Pondexter is officially 6-9 shooting while Turner is 3-3 with a game-high three assists — MSU just has two as a team.
HUSKIES IN CONTROL AT THE HALF — A good first half for the Huskies, one dominated by some of the more of-marquee names. UW leads 38-27 scoring the last five of the half after MSU had closed to six.
Pondexter has 15 to lead the Huskies hitting 6-10 shots, getting a big three-point play with 2.8 seconds left to put UW up 11.
while Elston Turner has seven on 3-3 shooting. Brockman has four, sitting the last 9:11 with two fouls, while Thomas also has four and Dentmon none.
No MSU player has more than five points as Varnado has been out since the 10:08 mark.
MSU is settling for a lot of long jumpers and often early in the shot clock plahying right into the hands of the Huskies.
CROWD GETTING INTO IT — Now the crowd is getting loud as UW has pulled to a 29-19 lead with 3:26 to go in the first half. Looks like 2,000 UW fans or so when everyone stands up and cheers, as they just did.
MSU is 6-22 shooting and four for its last 17. Bulldogs look already like they are beginning to wear down a bit and panic and take rushed shots.
TURNER LEADS UW UPRISING — Elston Turner has seven points and two assists off the bench and has led a 9-4 UW run that has the Huskies ahead 21-16 with 7:05 to play. MSU is just 5-18 shooting and looks a little jet-lagged right now. MBA is sidellined with three fouls and unlikely to return this half.
VARNADO NOW OUT WITH TWO FOULS — The refs continue to call it close and MSU has eight fouls, Varnado with two and to the bench with 10:18 to play.
TIED AT 10 — Deadlocked with 11:50 to play. Elston Turner has given UW a lift off the bench with four points but UW has no points yet from its starting back court as IT and Dentmon are 0-5.
Have to say, the crowd is pretty much a non-story at the moment. Any thought there would be a ton of Oregon fans here rooting against UW doesn’t seem to be the case. UW has a sizeable contingent but it’s pretty quiet so far. You can easily hear the squeak of shoes from here. A pretty tightly called game so far as MSU has six fouls, meaning UW could shoot a lot of FTs today.
EARLY OBSERVATIONS — MSU has a 5-4 lead but some of the trends auger well for UW —- specifically, four fouls on the Bulldogs to zero for the Huskies, indicating they are having trouble keeping up with UW on the offensive end. MSU really does just like to come down and jack it up. Isaiah Thomas was guarding Dee Bost early on but now Overton is in the game to take on MSU’s point guard. MBA is also in for Gant giving UW a bigger front line. We’ll see if they can take advantage of that now.
The crowd so far seems pro-UW overall though not much of a factor yet with neither team going on any real run so far.
LINEUPS THE SAME — There was no real reason to think it would be otherwise, but UW’s lineup is the same.
OH WOW — DAVE LIBBEY DOING THE GAME — I always thought officials who worked games of one of the two conferences during the season couldn’t work games of those conferneces during the tournament, barring the Final Four. But guess I’m wrong as Dave Libbey is one of the three officials here today. I don’t recognize the other two guys as this is appears to be a mixed crew.
FIVE MINUTES TO TIP — The Huskies are backj out on the floor. They are wearing their home whites as the higher seed. I see Jon Brockman’s family two rows up and Quincy Pondexter’s family right next to them.
PRE-GAME — About 10 minutes to tip. Both teams have conducted their initial warm-up and are now back in the locker room.
A sizeable contingent of UW fans just did the “Go” “Huskies” chant. So far, seems like a little of a home edge for Washington.

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