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January 8, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Revisiting three games that could impact tonight’s contest

Still trying to get a gauge on tonight’s game at Arizona State. To do so, thought it was best to take a look at the games that might provide some insight in what’s going to happen in Tempe, Ariz.
Texas Tech, 99-92 OT defeat in Lubbock, TX
— UW’s first and only true road game. Coach Lorenzo Romar shook up the starting lineup, benched sophomore F Darnell Gant and started sophomore G Elston Turner. The moved paid off as Turner scored a career-high 15 points. Turner, however, missed two free throws in the final seconds in regulation that might have won the game. Quincy Pondexter scored a career-high 31 points. He sank 10 of 17 FGs and 11 of 13 FTs. He also had three steals and six TOs. Isaiah Thomas also went to the line 13 times and converted 9. He finished with 18 points on 4-for-15 shooting. Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 26 minutes. He also committed a crucial turnover in OT. And Venoy Overton added six steals and six TOs. UW lost because it committed 19 TOs and allowed Tech to shoot 54.8 percent in the first half and 54.5 percent in OT. The Huskies couldn’t contain G John Roberson, who scored 25 points (13 of 13 at the line) and dished out a game-high seven assists. It’s also interesting to note that despite being on the road, UW got to the line 36 times.
Georgetown, 74-66 defeat in the John R. Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
— Another road game. Big performances by Pondexter (23 points and 6 rebounds) and Thomas (21 points and 5 rebounds) and very little from anyone else. This was the game that sparked the talk about the need for a reliable third scorer because no one had more than five points. Still, UW lost because it committed a season-high 25 turnovers and it couldn’t counter the Hoyas massive frontline of F Julian Vaughn (18 points and 7 rebounds) and C Greg Monroe (15 points and 7 rebounds). The Huskies had no problems countering GU’s 2-3 in the first half, but the Hoyas defense held UW to just two points during a six-minute stretch to start the second half. During that span, they increased a three-point lead (32-29 at halftime) to 20 (51-31) with 13:55 left.
Oregon State, 76-70 victory at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
— Only a handful of teams in the conference play defense like Arizona State and Oregon State is one of them. The Beavers use a 1-3-1 zone and the Sun Devils rely on a matchup zone, but there’s many similarities in their approach. Against OSU, UW shot 48.4 percent in the first half and 42.4 for the game. The Huskies were able to speed up the game and forced the Beavers to play at their pace. Both teams committed 17 turnovers and OSU completed more field goals (26 to 25). UW won because it controlled the glass (40-30 rebounds) and sank 21 of 28 FTs. Pondexter (20 points and 10 rebounds) and Thomas (19 points) were the stars and Overton (13 points, 4 assists, 4 steals and 4 TOs) was the X-Factor. His defensive pressure sparked a run in the second half. The Huskies also contained OSU’s scorers and didn’t allow anyone more than 16 points.
And finally, here’s a couple of links to pass on.
Doug Haller at the Arizona Republic offers this preview of tonight’s Washington-Arizona State game. It’s a big weekend for the Sun Devils because they are 0-2 in Pac-10 and “over the past 10 years, only one Pac-10 team has started 0-4 or worse in conference play and still made the NCAA or NIT tournaments. Washington opened the 2004 Pac-10 season 0-5 and still earned an NCAA Tournament invitation.”
The Arizona Daily Star’s Bruce Pascoe wrote a nice profile of Washington State coach Ken Bone, the former Washington assistant. In the story, Bone talks about his close friendship with UW coach Lorenzo Romar and his plans on building the Cougars into a conference title contender.

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