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November 29, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Montana game thread

SOME QUICK STATS — Thomas led UW with 13 points. Turner has 11 and Overton 10. That’s it for the game thread.
UW WINS — 63-59. Good game for the Huskies, especially Overton who was the star in the final minute.
OVERTON HUGE BLOCK — Overton rejected Johnson’s three-pointer and he’s at the line. He could secure the game if he hits one of two.
OVERTON AT THE LINE — He’s shooting 66.7 at the line. But he sank two big free throws. UW 62-59.
TURNOVER — On his way to the basket, Thomas lost the ball. Overton nearly pressured Cherry into a turnover, but Montana called a timeout from the bench. Just 37.1 seconds remain. UW 60-57.
FINAL MINUTE — UW leads 60-57.
BIG REBOUND — This hasn’t been a great shooting game for Pondexter, who is 2 for 10, but he corralled a big rebound and scored a putback despite being fouled. He sank the free throw. UW 58-57 with 2:20 left.
UM NOT GOING AWAY — Washington had a 53-46 lead and it appeared as if the Huskies would run away with this one. But Montana has stormed back and scored six unanswered points. UW 53-52.
HEATING UP AGAIN — The Huskies are playing their best basketball of the game. Overton sank a nice floater in the lane, Thomas connected with Bryan-Amaning with a no-look pass in the paint and UW is hustling defensively. Bryan-Amaning’s layup gave Washington a 46-44 lead. And he hit another layup to put UW ahead 48-46. Not sure if the Grizz can maintain this frenetic pace.
BIG THREE — Thomas drained a three-pointer that tied the score 44-44 with 9:27 left.
UW IN DOUBLE BONUS — With 9:57 left, the Huskies will shoot two shots every time they’re fouled. Too bad they’re 11 for 19 at the line.
PONDEXTER IS BACK — He’s been on the bench a long time, but it was probably for the best. Thomas drained one of two free throws to cut UM’s lead to 44-41.
HUSKIES ARE IN THE BONUS — It’s looking better for UW. The crowd is getting into it. And Montana seems to have the Huskies’ full attention now. Plus they’re in the bonus with 11:52 left. UM 38-33.
HUSKIES ARE RUNNING — UW is on a 6-0 run and its deficit is down to 38-33 after Thomas sank an acrobatic layup. The lineup of Gant, Breshers, Thomas, Suggs and Turner seems to be working.
GANT CHECKS IN — Gant sank two free throws to cut UM’s lead to 38-31.
WONDER TWINS ARE IN — That’s Turner and Suggs. This lineup of Turner, Suggs, Gaddy, Pondexter and Bryan-Amaning might be UW’s best option. It’s smart (Gaddy). It can shoot (Turner and Suggs). It can find cracks in the zone (Pondexter). And it can rebound (Bryan-Amaning). We’ll see how long Romar sticks with it. UM 36-26.
GRIZZ UP BY 10 — It’s the first time this season UW has faced a double digit deficit. The Huskies began the second half with a pair of turnovers and they still seem clueless on how to attack UM’s zone. Overton dribbled hard into the zone and threw up a wild layup off the glass, which illustrated how frustrated everyone has become. UM 34-24.
OVERTON STARTS SECOND HALF — Overton started in place of Breshers. UM 31-24.
FIRST HALF OBSERVATIONS — Strange first half. Hadn’t seen anything like this from UW this season. But it was bound to happen. Montana is a good test and the Grizz are playing phenomenal defense. The zone defense is working. Romar made a little gamble when he tweaked with the starting lineup. We’ll see how he begins the second half, but UW played better to end the half when Overton was on the floor. Also, I made a mistake when I said Suggs was the last scholarship guy to play. Gant still hasn’t played. Maybe he will after the break.
FIRST HALF STATS — UW is shooting .242 (8 of 33) from the field and .273 (3 of 11) on three-pointers. Bryan-Amaning leads UW with six points, Overton 5 and Holiday and Turner have 3. Pondexter is scoreless and Thomas has two points on 1-for-8 shooting.
Montana is .481 (13 of 27) from the floor. The Grizz have nine turnovers.
HALFTIME — Washington trails 29-24.
IT’S GETTING HEATED — Overton is doing it again. His defense has sparked the crowd and he’s urging UW to up it’s play. Romar has Suggs and Turner in at the same time to help bust Montana’s zone. UM 29-24.
PONDEXTER SCORELESS — Almost hard to believe UW’s leading scorer has been held without a point. Pondexter is 0 for 4 with less than three minutes left in the half. UM 25-18.
WILCOX DRESSED — Not sure why C.J. Wilcox, who is planning to redshirt this season, is dressed as if he’s going to play, but he is. I’m almost certain it’s the first time he’s done this. In every other game, he wore street clothes. I’ll ask Romar after the game.
SUGGS CHECKING IN — Turner missed an open three-pointer and coach Lorenzo Romar immediately pointed to Scott Suggs, who is the last scholarship player to play tonight. UM 18-16.
MONTANA’S ZONE — It’s causing UW fits. Gotta believe the Huskies will see this all year until they prove consistently they have an answer. UW is shooting .250 from the field. UM 18-14.
THIRD SUBS — Justin Holiday and Clarence Trent replaced Pondexter and Thomas. UW’s depth is showing itself early in the game. UW 14-12.
SECOND SUB — Overton checks in for Gaddy with 15:26 left. Overton made an immediate impact, forcing a turnover and scoring on an layup. UW 10-10.
FIRST SUB — Elston Turner replaced Breshers. Montana is on a 10-0 run and lead 10-6. UW has committed three turnovers during the spurt. Bryan-Amaning has two and Pondexter one.
GADDY’S PASSES — Gaddy has a nice knack for no-look passes. He’s executed two, which has led to points.
THREE POSSESSIONS, THREE TURNOVERS — UW has Montana rattled early. The Grizzlies have lost the ball every time they’ve had it. Cherry is bothered by the pressure from Gaddy and has two turnovers.
ABDUL GADDY AND TYREESE BRESHERS STARTNG — Well that didn’t take long. Abdul Gaddy replaced Venoy Overton and Tyreese Breshers replaced Darnell Gant in the starting lineup. No other changes. Isaiah Thomas, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Quincy Pondexter are the other starters.
Montana
F – Ryan Staudacher
F – Jack McGillis
C -Brian Qvale
G — Will Cherry
G – Anthony Johnson
USC LOST — Nebraska beat the Trojans 51-48 on a three-pointer with 11.7 seconds left.
CAL WINS — The Bears had no problems dispatching Princeton. Cal won 81-60 to improve to 4-2.
MOMENT OF SILENCE — Everyone in the arena stood in a moment of silence for the four fallen officers in Lakewood. The Huskies and Grizzlies are on the court. They also stood on the court for the national anthem, which is a first this year for UW. Every other game, they’ve been inside the locker room for the anthem.
UCLA FALLS (AGAIN) — As noted on the previous post, UCLA lost 79-68 tonight to Long Beach State. The 49ers are no slouch and they’re considered a contender to win the Big Sky, but this is all about UCLA and how far that program has fallen. Too bad the Huskies have to wait until Jan. 21 to play them because I can’t believe the Bruins will remain this bad for long.
ON TV — As usual, FSN has the television broadcast. Tom Glasglow is calling the game, Francis Williams is doing color commentary and Brad Adams is on the sidelines.
LET’S GET THIS STARTED — It’s been so long (eight days) since we’ve had a game I almost forgot how to do the thread.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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