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January 8, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Arizona State game thread

POST-GAME ANALYSIS — Check back in the morning and we’ll wrap-up tonight’s game with post-game quotes and analysis.
IT’S OVER — ASU 68-51.
FREE THROW WOES — UW is 12 of 20 at the line. Add those missing eight points and UW trails 59-53 and we got a pretty close game with 3:51 left. As it is, ASU leads 59-45.
GLASSER AND GANT TANGLE — While going for a rebound, Glasser and Gant mixed it up a bit. Nothing too serious. Gant was whistled for a foul. Glasser hit the free throws. ASU 57-39.
SLOWING DOWN — Got to slow down on the thread and write the game story. ASU 51-37.
ONE MORE RUN? — If the Huskies are going to get back into it, they’ve got to do it now. Turner looks like he wants to keep playing. He’s converted two treys in the second half. UW is pressing, which makes it vulnerable for layups. But the Huskies don’t have a choice. Only 7:54 remain. ASU 51-35.
BAD BODY LANGUAGE — We’re starting to see signs of panic. Thomas is on the sidelines and he has his head buried in his hands. Bryan-Amaning, also on the bench, is wearing a long face. Overton, perhaps UW’s emotional leader, is animated and barking at players. Romar is still clapping encouragement and trying to get guys to string together a few good possessions. ASU 40-27.
MINI-RUN — That’s two defensive stops for UW, which forced a pair of offensive fouls. It was a promising start before Bryan-Amaning lost the ball down low. ASU 38-25.
ROMAR IS ANIMATED — He’s chewing out Suggs for missing what might have been a steal on the previous possession. He’s also trying to calm Overton down. Overton was called for a turnover. With 15:58 left, it’s starting to look grim for the Huskies. ASU 38-23.
KUKSIKS TAKES OVER — The one thing UW couldn’t do, it’s doing. Pondexter thought he was close enough to defend Kuksiks, but the ASU sharpshooter raised over him for a pair of three-pointers. To make matters worse, Kuksiks stuffed a dunk on a fastbreak that forced Romar to call a timeout. ASU 36-21.
SECOND HALF — Turner starts in place of Gant. Same starters for ASU.
IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING — The last time UW scored under 40 points it was Jan. 15, 1979. Cal won 45-39.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The final possession of the half was indicative of UW’s offensive problems. The Huskies took the ball with 18 seconds left and for some reason Overton started the play with only 8 seconds remaining. He was hurried, penetrated and passed to Thomas. Thomas also was rushed and he threw a short, tight pass to Pondexter who was double teamed beneath the rim. The pass was deflected and sailed out of bounds as time expired.
The 19 points is a new season low for points in a half. The previous low was 24 vs. Montana. UW is shooting 29.2 percent largely because it can’t penetrate ASU’s zone and Thomas, Suggs and Turner haven’t gotten good looks on three-pointers. Pondexter looks lost. He’s scuffling. He tries to get open. He calls for the ball. And when he get’s it, he’s doubled teamed and passes out of pressure.
It really looks as if the Huskies need a veteran point guard and Gaddy and Overton hasn’t given them much leadership in the backcourt.
The Huskies also need to make sure they stay with Kuksiks and Abbott, ASU’s three-point specialists.
This is a dangerous half for UW because a 9-point deficit against a methodical, patient team like ASU can feel like an 20-point hole. The Sun Devils just don’t make many mistakes and the Huskies will need to slowly chip away at this deficit.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — ASU 28-19.
IT’S THOMAS OR BUST — Thomas is the only person who can break down the defense with hsi dribble and get off an halfway decent shot. Otherwise UW is stymied against ASU’s 2-3 zone. Thomas has 11 points. No one else has more than 4. ASU 26-19.
NO PANIC ON THE SIDELINE — During a TV timeout, Romar is blowing a fuse yet. He’s talking in a calm voice. And no one seems be panicking. ASU 26-15.
BRESHERS GETS TECHNICAL — It seemed innocent, but Breshers protested a foul by bouncing the ball hard off the court. The official didn’t like it and called a technical. (Pac-10 refs.) Glasser hit 1 of 2 FTs. ASU 22-11.
WHERE’S PONDEXTER — Despite Pondexter’s size advantage against ASU’s guards, the Huskies can’t get their leading scorer a decent shot. ASU 19-11.
BOMBS AWAY — ASU has sank 5 of 11 three-pointers and that’s been the difference so far. Well that and the Sun Devils are playing amazing defense. ASU 17-9.
OVERTON VS. GLASSER — Every time Overton touches the ball, a small section of students boo. That didn’t deter the UW guard from picking Glasser in the open court and throwing a long pass to Thomas for a layup. ASU 11-6.
ONE AND DONE — UW doesn’t have an offensive rebound. ASU 8-4.
BASKET — Breshers ended the drought with a layup at the 12:42 mark. The start to this game looks an awful like ASU’s last game, a 47-37 defeat at USC. ASU 8-4.
0-FOR-9 — We’re nearly 7 minutes into the game and UW hasn’t made a field goal.
THIRD SUB — Elston Turner, sporting a new mohawk, is in for Thomas.
SECOND SUB — Overton is in for Gaddy. ASU 6-2. UW is 0 for 7 from the field.
TV TIMEOUT — Not a good start for UW. They look out of sync. There’s no offensive flow. Pondexter has taken just one shot and he hasn’t been included in the offense. ASU looks as if it wants to attack from outside. The Sun Devils are 2 for 6 on 3s. Anybody guarding Kuksiks needs to stay with him. ASU 6-2.
FIRST SUBS — Bryan-Amaning and Scott Suggs replace Breshers and Gant. ASU 6-2.
MATCHUPS — Thomas is on Glasser, Pondexter has Abbott, Gaddy vs. McMillan, Breshers on Boateng and Gant on Kuksiks. ASU 3-2.
GOOD ENERGY — Wells Fargo Arena sits nearly 14,000, which about 4,000 more than this place needs. Still, it’s a decent crowd tonight. The lower bowl is nearly full and there’s just a few empty seats in the upper deck.
STARTERS — Change for UW: Breshers, Darnell Gant, Quincy Pondexter, Abdul Gaddy and Isaiah Thomas.
Arizona State:
F – Rihards Kuksiks
C – Eric Boateng
G – Ty Abbott
G – Jamelle McMillan
G – Derek Glasser
CHANGE IN THE STARTING LINEUP? — It looks as if Tyreese Breshers will replace Matthew Bryan-Amaning at center.
A FEW WORDS ON BOB BLACKBURN — Had a chance to talk to UW play-by-play man Bob Rondeau, who commented on the passing of legendary Sonics announcer Bob Blackburn. Rondeau said he started in Seattle running the boards for Blackburn at Sonics games. He said Blackburn will always be remembered in Seattle as the announcer who “called the city’s first championship.”
OVERTON BEING HECKLED — You knew this would happen. The student section was riding Venoy Overton pretty hard during warmups. A fan brought in a big sign with Overton name on one side and the word “punk” on the other.
UW ON TV — FSN has the game tonight. Daron Sutton and Tom Kuyper have the call.
HOLIDAY IS OUT — We reported earlier that Justin Holiday is in Seattle and will miss the Arizona trip because of eligibility issues.

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