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December 12, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Georgetown game thread

Update — Still wrapping up with post-game interviews. We’ll start the Live Chat in a few minutes.
It’s over — GU 74-66.
Almost over — Suggs missed a three-pointer that would have made things very interesting. GU 71-63.
It’s 7 — GU 68-61.
It’s down to 9 — There’s hope. Just a little. Thomas drained a trey and the bench is jumping. With 1:09 left, UW trails 68-59.
Hoyas in the bonus — Not sure if UW can pull this one out now. The Hoyas will shoot every time they’re fouled. GU 68-54.
Third scorer? — UW received scoring from Pondexter and Thomas, but it never got much of anything from the rest of the team. GU 66-51.
Pressing too hard — Maybe the Huskies want this too much. They need to slow down. They’re making mistakes because they’re rushing. Pondexter lost the ball trying to dribble around a defender and UW needs as many possessions as it can get right now. GU 64-48.
Still chipping away — Holiday brings UW a little closer with a putback. GU 60-46. The UW bench is amazing. These guys are energetic, talkative and very optimistic.
Pondexter re-emerges — Pondexter won’t let UW die. He sank a layup, got a steal and flushed a dunk. GU 60-44.
It’s 20 again — GU 60-40.
Time is the enemy now — Washington is playing better defense, but there’s 7:31 left and it might not be enough time to close the gap. Especially the way the Hoyas like to slow things down. GU 57-40.
Thomas tired — Thomas missed a pair of free throws and he looks gassed. GU 57-38.
Pondexter quiet — The Hoyas are sending an extra man at Pondexter, which has shut him down. If the Huskies make a run, it will have to be with Thomas. He has 13 points.
Thomas provides a highlight — Thomas is doing everything he can to put a spark into the Huskies. He’s shouting at every break at teammates. Still what helps more than anything is a fastbreak in which he spinned around a defender for a layup that drew several oohs and aahs. GU 51-38.
Slipping away — Vaughn flushed a two-hand dunk with over 13 minutes left that put GU up 51-31.
Thomas ends the run — Thomas sank a driving layup with 15:51 left to stop the bleeding. The Huskies were scoreless on seven straight possessions. Monroe countered on the next possession with a layup. GU 44-31.
Hoyas running — GU has outscored UW 12-0 to start the second half. GU 42-29.
Technical foul — Assistant Raphael Chillious picked up a technical because he yelled from the bench after Pondexter stepped out. The UW coach thought Pondexter was pushed out, but the refs didn’t agree. In fairness to Chillious, a lot of the UW assistants were yelling, but his voice was the loudest. Romar then turned to his coaches and said: “Let me get on the refs!” GU 36-29.
A word about the refs — They’re from the SEC.
Halftime observations — The score favors Georgetown. It will be interesting to see if the Huskies can pull out a slugfest like this where points don’t come easy. UW’s defense has kept it in the game. The Huskies are rotating in the paint and closing out quickly on the shooters.
Monroe hasn’t had anything easy. He’s not overpowering UW, which is a little surprising considering the hype around him. Actually, Vaughn is more physical. Bryan-Amaning is playing well. He’s got a game-leading six rebounds and he’s playing solid defense without fouling.
Suggs is the biggest surprise so far. Romar looked for a spark off the bench and he found it in Suggs. If Washington can take care of the ball, it will help. The Huskies are in such a hurry to speed things up, they commit silly turnovers.
Halftime stats — UW: Pondexter 9 points, Thomas 6, Suggs 5, Bryan-Amaning 3, Turner 2, Breshers 2, Gaddy 2. UW is shooting 40 percent (12 of 30) from the floor, 16.7 percent (1 of 6) on three-pointers and 80 percent (4 of 5) on free throws. UW has 12 turnovers and 17 rebounds.
GU: Monroe 7 points, Clark 6, Vaughn 6. GU is shooting 31.3 percent (10 of 32) from the field, 11.1 percent (1 of 9) on treys and 81.8 percent (9 of 11) at the line. GU has 9 turnovers and 19 rebounds.
Halftime — GU 30-29.
Scott Suggs to the rescue — Suggs hit a big three-pointer and took a charge to give UW a boost it badly needed. He also knocked down two free throws. UW 29-28.
Critical time — UW trails 28-22 with 2:49 left. The Huskies need some positive momentum heading into halftime. It would help them if somebody could make an outside shot.
Monroe taking over — Monroe emphatically rejected Thomas layup attempt and he powered in a layup despite a hard foul from Gaddy. He’s got seven points and he’s slowly starting to put his imprint on this game.
If not for Pondexter … — UW wouldn’t be in this game. He’s got nine points and he’s the center of the Huskies’ offense. GU 28-22.
Very physical — The refs are letting a lot go today, which doesn’t particularly favor either team. It helps the Hoyas in the middle, but it helps the Huskies on the perimeter. GU 25-20.
Hoyas crowd — We’re in Pac-10 country, but this a pro-Georgetown crowd. GU 18-16.
Sloppy ball-handling — UW has been careless with the ball early on. GU hasn’t been great, but Overton and Holiday have misread each other a few times. GU 18-15.
Scary scene — Monroe had a breakaway dunk, but Bryan-Amaning blocked it from behind. Monroe fell hard to the floor. It’s starting to look like a Big East game. UW 15-15.
Pondexter stars early — You think Pondexter doesn’t know this is a nationally televised game? He’s got seven points and two steals. Not sure about rebounds. So far, he’s been the best player on the court. UW 13-13.
Second subs — Justin Holiday is in for Turner. Bryan-Amaning comes back. GU 11-9
Isolating Pondexter — UW is finding some early success isolating Pondexter on the wing where he can shoot mid-range jumper and avoid the clutter in the middle. UW 9-6.
First subs — Abdul Gaddy is in for Overton and Tyreese Breshers checks in for Bryan-Amaning. UW 4-4.
UW up on D — The Huskies are pressing Georgetown’s guards and disrupting GU’s offense. UW 2-2.
Starting lineups: No change for the Huskies: Isaiah Thomas, Venoy Overton, Elston Turner, Quincy Pondexter and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
Georgetown:
F – Julian Vaughn
C – Greg Monroe
G – Jason Clark
G – Chris Wright
G – Austin Freeman
Awkward timing — A few have asked why this game was slotted for 11 a.m. and the only answer that made any sense that I heard was the time works well for the east coast market. Not sure how many fans will arrive. I’m guessing the lower bowl and middle section will fill up, but there will probably be plenty of empty seats in the upper section.
Broadcast news — You can find the game on FSN. Steve Physioc has the play by play and Marques Johnson is the color analyst.
Huskies on the court — We’re about 40 minutes away from tip off. UW is finishing stretching. Georgetown has already gone through drills and the Hoyas are back in the locker room.
The Legend — John W. Wooden is in the building. He’s sitting high in the front row of the suites. Looks great for 99. I think FSN will do an interview with him so check it out.
Just like Seattle — It’s spitting rain, overcast and very chilly here. Feels like home.
Quick reminder — We’re doing a Live Chat after the game. I’m guessing we’ll start around 2 p.m. depending on how long the post-game press conferences and interviews last.

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