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November 20, 2009 at 7:19 PM

San Jose State game thread

UW WINS — 80-70. Pondexter sets a new scoring high with 30 points. He had 13 rebounds, which tied a personal best. Thomas had 16 and Breshers 12. Oliver led all scorers with 32 points. That’s it for the game thread.
PULLING AWAY — Barring a huge collapse, the Huskies are headed to their fourth straight win. It wasn’t pretty, but a month from now this game might look a lot better because San Jose appears if it could do some damage in the WAC. UW 72-58.
SLOWING DOWN — Gotta slow down with the blog and write the game story.
GADDY TO PONDEXTER — The Huskies tried this play in the first half, but Pondexter was fouled before he could get in the air. This time they were able to pull it off against SJSU’s 2-3 zone. Pondexter started on the wing and slashed to the basket where he retrieved a Gaddy pass at the rim and flushed an alley-oop dunk. UW 66-52.
WEBSTER FOULS OUT — Gotta believe he won’t be the only one. Three SJSU players have three fouls. UW 61-50.
BRESHERS FLEXES HIS MUSCLES — Breshers is picking up the slack for Bryan-Amaning who tailed off after a quick start. Breshers has 10 points and seven rebounds. UW 57-47.
SAN JOSE STATE IN THE BONUS — With 12:18 left, the Spartans will shoot free throws every time they’re fouled. UW 57-46.
PONDEXTER TAKING OVER — Recognizing that the SJSU front line is in foul trouble, Pondexter is going to work. He’s abusing the Spartans and driving every chance he gets. And the San Jose State is helpless to stop him because the refs are calling it tight and they know they’ll be on the bench if they try to play hard defense. Pondexter just flushed a dunk that brought the house down. UW 45-37.
MORE CLOSE CALLS — This crew isn’t letting much go. Overton picked up his fourth foul and is on the bench. UW 43-35.
GANT REAPPEARS — Gant played just three minutes in the first half, but he started the second half. UW 39-33.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Maybe this is too simple, but if UW was to slow down Oliver, it would really help its cause. Not only is he the leading scorer, he has three assists and and four rebounds. I’d imagine Romar continues doing what he’s doing because at this pace UW will foul out half of the SJSU team in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Four Spartans have three fouls, including Thomas, Graham, Webster and Jones.
HALFTIME STATS — Oliver leads all scorers with 13 points. No other Spartan has more than 4. Pondexter leads UW with 12 followed by Thomas 7 and Breshers 6. UW is shooting .706 from the free throw line (12 of 17) and .353 (12 of 34) from the floor. SJSU is .440 from the floor and with 12 turnovers.
HALFTIME — UW 37-31.
OK, MAYBE NOT POOR — Bad choice of words. But it just seems like the Huskies should have a better handle on this game. The Spartans are in bad, bad foul trouble. They’ve got a kid on the floor (freshman Anthony Dixon) who played five minutes this season. UW 37-31.
POOR FREE THROW SHOOTING — It’s not awful, but if UW was a little better at the line this game would almost be a blowout. As it is, the Huskies are 10 for 15 at the line. UW 33-29.
REFS CALLING IT TIGHT — Twenty-two fouls in 17 minutes. Brutal.
OAKES RETURNS — The big man for San Jose is back. UW 31-25.
WEBSTER PICKS UP HIS THIRD — That’s two Spartans with three fouls, which could be trouble for them in the second half. And Oakes just walked off the court and went back to the locker room, so San Jose is very small right now on the court. UW 29-25.
SCARY MOMENT — Oakes came down awkward and appeared to hit his head hard on the floor. He was down for a few minutes, but is now on the bench. UW 29-24.
OVERTON DOING HIS THING — Overton forced a 10-second turnover and appears to be unnerving the Spartans with his defensive play. SJSU has committed turnovers on each of the past four possessions. UW 27-22.
SPARTANS IN FOUL TROUBLE — Jones picked up his third foul and is headed to the bench. Webster and Graham has two fouls. UW 25-22.
HEATING UP — After a half of feeling each other out, both teams are finding their offensive groove. Oliver is intent on scoring when he can, but he’s not forcing too much. The Huskies are throwing bodies at the Spartans, perhaps hoping they wear down. UW 23-22.
GOOD INTERIOR PASSING — In a beautiful sequence Gaddy passed to Trent in the paint and he threw a pass to Breshers for a two-hand dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. Timeout San Jose State. UW 17-15.
IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN — I’m surprised it took this long, but we got our first controversial call regarding an offensive foul and a player taking a charge. This time Pondexter looked as if he was fouled while making a layup, however, the official called a charge. Coach Lorenzo Romar exploded off the bench and protested so much he was given a technical foul. Oliver hit the ensuing free throws. SJSU 15-13.
SPARTAN ZONE — SJSU is going with a 2-3 zone that’s slowed UW’s offense. The Huskies have scored just once on the past four possessions. UW 13-13.
THIRD SUBS — Justin Holiday and Breshers are in for Bryan-Amaning and Suggs.SJSU 13-11.
SECOND SUB — Abdul Gaddy replaced Overton. Oliver is going off. He’s being aggressive. Early on he drove hard against Pondexter for a mid-range jumper then he took Gaddy to the hole for a short jumper. SJSU 11-8.
BRYAN-AMANING’S QUICK START — It’s always a good sign for UW when Bryan-Amanign scores early like he has tonight. He has two baskets, including a dunk and baby hook. SJSU 9-8.
FIRST SUB — Scott Suggs replaced Gant. SJSU 8-6.
DEFENSIVE LOOK — San Jose State is starting in a man-to-man defense with Oliver on Pondexter. UW 4-2.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for Washington: Isaiah Thomas, Venoy Overton, Quincy Pondexter, Darnell Gant and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
San Jose State
F – C.J. Webster, 6-9, 255, Jr., 7 ppg., 12 rpg.
F – Chris Jones, 6-4, 205, Fr., 13, 5
C – Chris Oakes, 6-10, 235, Sr., 12, 15
G – Adrian Oliver, 6-4, 210, Jr., 11, 11
G – Justin Graham, 6-4, 195, Jr., 18, 5
The crowd, which is nearing capacity, gave Oliver a smattering of an applause when he was announced.
CAL LOSES AGAIN — The Bears dropped another one. This time they lost to Ohio State 76-70. Theo Robertson is still out and it looks like Cal is getting next to nothing in the middle. Jerome Randle had 26 points and Patrick Christopher 12 on 5-for-14 shooting.
FSN HAS THE CALL — Brad Adams is running play-by-play and Francis Williams is the analyst for FSN. Jen Meuller is on the sidelines.
BRESHERS AVAILABLE — Nothing official yet, but Tyreese Breshers has been going through warm-ups and looks as if he’ll play tonight if called upon. He has his right index and middle fingers taped together. Breshers injured his finger last Saturday against Belmont and did not play Sunday against Portland State.
HUSKIES ARE ON THE FLOOR — Let’s get this started. We’re about 45 minutes away from tip off and Washington is on the court stretching.

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