IT’S OVER — UA 87-70.
FANS ARE LEAVING — UW is forced to foul every time now. If Arizona makes its free throws, then this game will continue to be a rout. UA 79-62 with 2:39 left.
SLOWING DOWN — Got to write the game story. With 4:34 left, Arizona is firmly in control and leads 73-56.
WISE MISSES TWO FT — Wise cmae into the game shooting .931 from the line. Today he’s 3 of 5. UA 73-54.
THOMAS ELBOWS JONES — To create space beneath the rim, Thomas inadvertently elbowed Jones, who remained on the floor for a few minutes. It looked as if Jones was hit in the face and he’s bleeding. He’s being taken to the lockers. UA 72-54.
BECOMING A ROUT — UA leads 70-52 with 6:50 left. The Huskies are simply trading baskets, which isn’t going to get it done. Thomas looks as if he’s found his offense. He’s attacking and getting to the line. But UW can’t keep the Cats guards out of the paint. Wise, Lamont Jones and Fogg are penetrating at will.
GADDY’S BEST GAME — He’s scored more points, but he’s never looked better this season. He has nine points. UA 65-50.
BAD PICK N’ ROLL DEFENSE — For some reason, the Huskies are leaving Horne open when he sets screens on the perimeter for guards. UW is sending two players with the guard and Horne drifts over for a three-pointer. UA 61-44.
BRESHERS HAS FOUR — That’s four fouls on Breshers. Bryan-Amaning, who has three, checks in. UA 58-43.
SOLOMON HILL FOULED OUT — Thomas is so good at drawing fouls. He just got Hill to foul out, which shortens the Wildcats’ bench. It seems the Huskies are intent on getting to the rim. UA 54-42.
STRANGE LINEUP FOR CATS — Arizona’s Big Three (Wise, Williams and Horne) are on the bench. This seems like an opportune time for UW to make a run. UA 52-41.
FOUL TROUBLE — Bryan-Amaning and Breshers have three fouls. UA 45-39.
MOMENTUM SWINGS — UW cut its deficit to 2 (37-35), Arizona ran off six straight points to regain control (43-35) and the Huskies score the four in a row. UA 43-39.
UNDER REVIEW — The refs are looking at Gaddy’s long shot. The score keeper ruled it a 3, but the refs overturned it and called it a 2. UA 43-37.
GOOD START — Pondexter went strong to the rack, sank a long layup and got fouled. Thomas also scored on layup and three-pointer. Arizona called timeout. UA 37-35.
SECOND HALF — Bryan-Amaning starts for Breshers.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Haven’t seen this from UW this year. Not the slow start. We’ve seen that. But we haven’t seen a game where Pondexter (0 for 1) and Thomas (0 for 3) are scoreless at the half. Considering its two leading scorers are scoreless, UW is in pretty good position to only trail by 10 points. And it looks as if the defense has finally zoned in on Horne, who has a game-high 12 points. He killed UW early with three-pointers, but hasn’t made a basket in the final 10 minutes. And Williams hasn’t hurt UW late in the half either.
As bad as the Huskies are playing offensively, they are still very much in this game. Obviously, it would help if Turner or Suggs can continue shooting like they have from behind the arc. But if Pondexter or Thomas can find their offense, then this game is winnable.
Arizona is a young team that doesn’t know how to put away an opponent when it’s down. So the first few minutes in the second half are critical.
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HALFTIME — UA 37-27
MINI-RUN — UW is on a 6-0 run. The Huskies cut the lead to 32-23.
UH-OH TURNER IS OUT — Not sure where the offense is going to come from now. Turner has 11 poinits, the rest of UW 6. If not for Turner, UW is shooting 2 for 14. UA 29-17.
WHO IS THIS TEAM? — Honestly it’s like I don’t recognize the Huskies anymore these days. The defense that stymied opponents earlier in the season doesn’t scare anyone anymore. And Pondexter has disappeared. He gets the ball in awkward places on the floor and is unable to drive to the basket. UA 27-15.
BRESHERS PICKS UP HIS THIRD — That’s three fouls on Breshers and he’s probably done for the rest of the first half. If not for Turner, this game would be over. He has eight points on three very long shots. Otherwise UW can’t generate any consistent offense. Meanwhile Arizona has several scoring opportunities to tap including Wise, Williams and Horne. UA 20-11.
ROMAR SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS — Clarence Trent is ready to check in. Still no starters. Trent is on Horne.
ALL SUBS — No starters are on the court for UW. It looks as if the Huskies are intent on getting Bryan-Amaning a few good looks. He’s gotten off a few shots, but he also lost the ball twice. The Huskies need to keep a man on Horne. He has three treys and he could be the difference. UA 13-6
SUBS — Bryan-Amaning, Venoy Overton, Elston Turner and Scott Suggs are in for Breshers, Gaddy, Thomas and Gant.
ANOTHER SLOW START — It took UW nearly five minutes to make its first basket. The Huskies are 1-for-6 shooting. Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored the first basket on a layup wiht 15:04 left. UW is going to have a difficult time with Williams, unless he gets himself in foul trouble. Surprisingly, Pondexter hasn’t taken a shot and he’s not involved in the offense. UA 8-2.
LESS THAN ONE MINUTE, THREE FOULS — Breshers is already on the bench with two fouls and Gant picked up another. Still scoreless.
BOOS FOR GADDY — The crowd greeted Gaddy with a boos when he was introduced. Gaddy chuckled as did a few of the UW coaches.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Isaiah Thomas, Abdul Gaddy, Quincy Pondexter, Darnell Gant and Tyreese Breshers.
Arizona: G Nic Wise, G Kyle Fogg, F Solomon Hill, F Jamelle Horne and F Derrick Williams.
FINAL FROM TEMPE — Looks like the Washington State players got a little lax on their Arizona trip after beating the Wildcats on Friday. Didn’t have a chance to see the game, but according to various reports, some players missed a team function and were not in the starting lineup today. As a result, the Cougars lost 71-46 to Arizona State.
IT’S OVER — UA 87-70.
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