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March 21, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Purdue game thread

SEASON’S OVER — Purdue wins 76-74 and UW never could get the tie or the lead in this one as its season ends a game short of the Sweet 16.
UW finishes the year 26-9.
More later.
GAME CLOSING — Sorry, had some internet problems there.
FAST-PACED GAME — After a sluggish start, the pace has picked up with Purdue ahead 60-56 with 7:46 to play. That would seem to favor UW the rest of the way.
HUSKIES MAKE THEIR RUN — A 7-0 run, capped by a Turner three-pointer, has cut the lead to 58-54 with 9:32 left and Purdue has taken another time out. The crowd is now a factor in this one.
PURDUE CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE BOARDS — Purdue now leads the rebounds 26-18, a key reason it also leads the game 54-43 with 12 minutes to play. Not too many people would have given Purdue that edge coming into the game.
ROMAR GETTING INTO IT — UW has closed to 51-43 and has the ball, forcing a Purdue time out with 13:34 to play. Romar is as animated as he has been all season, rising and thrusting his arms with a “let’s go, let’s go” at his team during the last possession.
THOMAS BREAKING OUT — IT now has 14 points and has hit two three-pointers to keep UW in some semblance of range. But Purdue continues to lead, now ahead 47-35 with 15:52 to play. Purdue seems to have UW well-scouted. Before an in-bounds play a Purdue assistant rose to yell for the players to guard for the back screen, and Kramer did, denying Pondexter the ball on a play UW has used a lot this year to get points out of time outs.
SLUGGISH START — Purdue has outscored UW 5-2 to start the half and Romar has quickly called a time out at the 18:29 mark and Purdue now up 44-30. Romar lit into Gant for a bad pass on the first possession of the half, grabbing his jersey to pull him close, and seems particularly animated right now in the huddle.
1, Rebound — I’m sure UW coaches are reading the team the riot act over Purdue’s 20-15 edge on the boards. Brockman has eight, so it’s not his fault. But Purdue has 10 rebounds from its guards, UW just one, a sign of being quicker to the ball out front.
2, Get to the line — UW was just 4-6 on free throws in the first half despite the fact Purdue got into the bonus with just under eight minutes to play. UW needs more aggression on offense.
3, Get help from the bench — UW’s bench is being outscored 10-0 as MBA, Overton and Holiday are a combined 0-5. The four bench players played 25 minutes so they need to contribute.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Purdue is up 39-28 at the half and that felt like a big momentum swing with the dunk by Johnson off the offensive rebound.
One of the surprising stats of the first half is Purdue’s rebounding edge at 20-15.
Purdue is playing really heady and its team defense is frustrating UW.
UW’s coaches haven’t seemed happy with the shot selection at times. After a long Dentmon three-point miss late in the half Cameron Dollar stomped his foot and turned in his seat in frustration.
This is UW’s second-largest halftime deficit of the season after the 17-pointer against ASU.
The first five minutes of the second half will again loom large.
Pondexter leads UW with 10 points hitting 4-7 and Thomas has nine on 3-9.
Johnson leads Purdue with 11 and Keaton Grant has come off the bench for 10 kind of the X factor so far. Grant also has six rebounds.
PURDUE LEADS 37-23 — Time is out with 2:54 to play and IT wiill be at the line for two after the break. Thomas seems really determined right now to get inside, driving aggressively into the lane on two of the last three possessions. Purdue is playing really good swarming defense that UW seems to be having a hard time figuring out. It’s not a zone, but there is a lot of switching. The Purdue players really seem in sync on defense.
PURDUE STORMS BACK — Boilers back on top by 11 at 32-21 with 4:54 to play after a 5-0 run. Romar was not happy that there wasn’t a foul called on Brockman on his last shot. The coach has seemed pretty agitated all game upset earlier that the Huskies weren’t moving enough on offense. Purdue is 4-8 on three-pointers.
HUSKIES COMING BACK — UW was just down 20-8 but has gotten back into it and is down 22-14 with time out at 7:47. Purdue used a 7-0 run to take its lead. Pondexter has become UW’s best offense with four points and drawing a couple of fouls — he will be at the line when play resumes.
UW has been down before and come back this season — notably 21 against ASU last week in the Pac-10 tourney. So while rare territory, it’s not new.
Best sight for UW may have been the three-pointer by Dentmon as the Huskies need to get some perimeter game going.
CROWD PRETTY MUTE SO FAR — With the game such a slugfest, the fan also seem to be working their way into it and it’s not a real loud environment at the moment, though the UW contingent definitely outweighs Purdue’s.
BRUISING BATTLE SO FAR — It’s 10-6 Purdue at the 11:50 time out. UW is 3-10 shooting, Purdue 4-10, and each has five turnovers. UW’s guards are non-existent at the moment against Purdue’s stifling defense. The main bright spot for UW is the defensive play of Overton, who has forced two Purdue charges, one of which has starting PG Lewis Jackson on the bench with two fouls. We’ll see how long he stays there.
RAGGED BEGINNING — At the first time out, it’s 5-2 Purdue with UW going 1-7 with two TOs. UW’s only points are on a rebound putback by Brockman. Otherwise, UW has gotten no easy looks at all. Purdue has three turnovers, already 25 percent of its season average, as the Huskies are doing their own good job on defense so far.
MBA is getting ready to come in after the time out. So is Overton.
JAMAAL HERE AGAIN TODAY — Jamaal Williams is again in attedance behind the UW bench. So is Sonny Sixkiller and Kenny Lyles.
OVERTON EXCITED — As the teams got ready to be introcued, Venoy Overton jumped up and down about 10 straight times touching the bottom of the backboard. He seems pretty anxious to get going.
JUST ABOUT READY TO GO — Back from the live chat and ready to start up the game blog. Thanks again for the good contributions over there.
The officials today are not Pac-10 guys but not sure exactly yet who they are. They’ll probably say on TV and if they do, maybe one of you can pass it along real quick.

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