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November 14, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Belmont game thread

UW WINS — Final score: 96-78. Pondexter leads all scorers with 25 points, Thomas and Bryan-Amaning have 23. I’ll have more after post-game interviews.
SHERRER MAKES HIS DEBUT — Walk-on Brendan Sherrer replaced Bryan-Amaning with less than two minutes and the crowd roared. Not sure if it was for MBA or Sherrer. Maybe it was for Sherrer as the Dawg Pack shouted: “Let’s go Bren-dan!”
BRYAN-AMANING RETURNS — Presumably he’s back to break his career high scoring mark. He needs one point to se the mark. Also, UW has regained control of the game with its reserves. Washington leas 89-71 with less than three minutes left. Almost half of the crowd has left.
CAN THEY FINISH? — UW had a 22-point lead (80-58), but Belmont has stormed back and it’s 82-65. It will be interesting to see if the Huskies can hold on for the easy win or will they allow the Bruins to make a comeback just as Wright State did on Friday. Also, I’ve got to slow up on the game thread and write the story for tomorrow’s paper.
STANDING OVATION FOR MBA — Not sure if he’s done for the night, but Bryan-Amaning went to the bench and the UW crowd gave him a standing ovation. He has 23 points, which ties his career best.
SCORING DROUGHT — Belmont hasn’t scored in ages. The Bruins have been stuck on 56 points for over four minutes. Meanwhile, UW has ran off 10 straight points. UW 78-56.
IT’S A TRACK MEET — It’s becoming obvious Romar’s intent is to run Belmont out of the gym. He’s using a smaller lineup and instructing the Huskies to run at every opportunity. And it’s working. Belmont doesn’t have the athletes to keep up and UW is starting to wear the Bruins down. Especially Bryan-Amaning (20 points) and Pondexter (21). UW leads 73-56 with 11:59 left.
SUGGS MAKING A DIFFERENCE AGAIN — Suggs stole a pass and threw the ball ahead to Pondexter who retrieved his missed layup for a putback that gave UW a 61-50 lead.
IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING — Bryan-Amaning’s career high is 23 points. He did it last year against Portland State. Tonight he has 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
GADDY STARTS SECOND HALF — Coach Lorenzo Romar unveils the three-point guard lineup and benches Gant who has just one rebound and was 0 for 4 in eight minutes.
HALFTIME STATS — Thomas and Pondexter lead all scorers with 14 points. Bryan-Amaning has eight points, Gaddy 5, Turner 3, Breshers 3 and Holiday 2. UW shot .421 from the field, 5 of 7 on three-pointers and 12 of 12 at the free throw line.
No Belmont player has more than eight points, however, nine players have scored and the Bruins shot .560 from the field.
HALFTIME — UW 49-39. The Huskies never trailed, but after jumping out to a 22-14 lead, Belmont fought back and tied it at 34-34. UW went on another run to take control and take a 10-point lead into halftime.
HUSKY RUN — UW forced three straight turnovers and converted the miscues into nine points, including Thomas’ four-point play. He sank a three-pointer despite being fouled and drained the free throw. UW 45-34.
IT’S TIED — Scout Saunders sank a layup for Belmont to tie the score 34-34 with less than five minutes left. Clarence Trent makes his college debut.
MBA DOMINATING — Maybe Bryan-Amaning heard some of the critics because he’s come out on fire tonight. He has eight points on 4-for-4 shooting, four rebounds and two blocks. Despite his dominance in the middle, UW has a slim 29-26 lead because Belmont isn’t rattled by the pressure defense any more and the Bruins are hitting big shots.
BRUINS HOT SHOOTING — Belmont has converted 4 of 7 three-pointers, which is keeping them in the game.
MORE ON BRESHERS — It looks like it’s his right middle finger. He’s back on the bench after having it taped. UW 24-22.
BRESHERS HURT — While trying to block a shot, Breshers hurt his right hand or wrist. He walked off the court and presumably into the locker room. We’ll update his condition later. UW leads 22-14 with 11:54 left. UW is controlling the game with their defense. Belmont is having difficulty getting off good shots. Without Breshers, this is going to mean heavy minutes for Bryan-Amaning. Freshman Clarence Trent may also make his college debut.
BRESHERS IN — Tyreese Breshers replaced Bryan-Amaning with 13:48 left. Thomas has 7 points. UW 22-12.
FIRST SUBS — Scott Suggs, Abdul Gaddy and Justin Holiday are in. Pondexter, Gant and Overton are out. UW 18-9.
PONDEXTER INSIDE — We talked about this last night, however, tonight Pondexter is making an effort to go inside for scoring. He’s been fouled twice and has scored four points at the line. UW 10-7
GOOD START — UW hit its first four shots, including a pair of dunks by Bryan-Amaning. He is much more animated tonight than Friday. UW 8-4.
STARTING LINEUPS: No change for UW: Venoy Overton, Isaiah Thomas, Pondexter, Darnell Gant and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
BELMONT
G – Drew Hanlen
G – Jordan Campbell
G – Ian Clark
F – Keaton Belcher
F – Mick Hedgepth
HARRY THE HUSKY — Just got a visit from Husky mascot Harry the Husky who gave me two thumbs up when I asked how UW will do tonight. As someone on press row: “It’s amazing what our jobs have come to. We’re quoting furry mascots now.”
PONDEXTER MOVING UP — Quincy Pondexter needs 11 points to move past Will Conroy into 24th place on UW’s all-time scoring list. Pondexter is 55 away from No. 23 Donald Watts and 72 away from No. 22 Stan Walker.
HARSHMAN TO BE HONORED — Former UW coach Marv Harshman will be honored by Athletes in Action at halftime.
WSU-PSU STATS — Wright State: Cooperwood 19 points;Tabler 16, Evans 11, Brown 11. Portland State: M.Jones 23, Thomas 15, Waters 11, J.Jones 10.
NO TV LOCALLY — Forgot to mention, there’s no TV telecast tonight. You can get video feeds from the UW for a subscription. I haven’t checked out the Belmont site yet to see if the Bruins have any options for fans.
UPSET ALERT — Uh-oh. It’s Mike Gastineau. The KJR talkshow host is filling in for Bob Rondeau who called the football game today in Corvallis, Ore. I had a good time ribbing Gastineau about his 1-3 record as fill-in play-by-play man. For those keeping score, Gastineau had a three-game losing streak (Syracuse, Oklahoma State and Portland) before UW beat Texas Southern last year. As if it matters, Gastineau said he was 9-2 as a fill-in for Kevin Calabro on Sonics games.
WRIGHT STATE WINS — Wright State controlled most of the game and held off a flurry from Portland State in the final minutes to claim a 75-70 victory on the second day of the Athletes in Action Classic. Assuming UW goes undefeated here, maybe the Raiders are the second best team in the tournament. We’ll have stats in a few minutes.

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