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January 16, 2010 at 10:51 AM

California game thread

IT’S OVER — 84-69.
SHERRER ON THE SIDELINE — Sherrer checks in. Now the only suspense is will he get first points of the season and will we see the Dancing Dawgs. UW 84-64.
CAL CONCEDING — Randle checked out with five points on 2-for-9 shooting. UW 82-58.
PONDEXTER IS FINISHED — Pondexter checked out. He has 25 points and five rebounds. UW 81-58.
SLOWING DOWN — Gant just rejected Christopher on the baseline.
Got to slow down on the thread to write the game story. UW is going to win, it’s just a matter of how much. The only intrigue is when we’ll see the Dancing Dawgs video and walk-on Brendan Sherrer.
BLOW CITY, AGAIN — Much like the Stanford game, this one is turning into a laugher. The Huskies are retrieving rebounds and throwing the ball ahead for easy layups. They’re smiling and joking on the court. There’s 7:54 left. This one is essentially over. UW 77-48.
BAD BODY LANGUAGE — The Bears don’t look so golden anymore. They look as if they don’t want to play anymore. Montgomery is sitting and watching the carnage. Randle looks stunned and the Bears on the bench have towels over their head. UW 75-48.
ANOTHER MBA HIGHLIGHT — The crowd gave Bryan-Amaning a huge ovation as he checked out with 9:14 left. Before leaving, he flushed another dunk on the Bears. UW 73-48.
MBA GETS SOME — Gant abused Zhang earlier and now Bryan-Amaning hammered a dunk over the 7-3 Chinese center. He followed the dunk with a nifty hook shot over Zhang. UW 69-45.
RANDLE SCORES — At the 12:12 mark, Randle sank a running floater. UW 65-41.
DAWG PACK RIDES RANDLE — UW’s student section is giving it good to Randle. They’re chanting his name and forming a circle with their hands. Randle is still scoreless.
MBA BLOCKS — Bryan-Amaning swatted Randle’s layup and tied up Christopher beneath the rim that gave UW the ball. He’s playing inspired defense. UW 61-38.
THOMAS’ DEFENSE UNDERRATED — Thomas forced a 5-second violation on backup Brandon Smith that drew loud cheers from the fans.
PAC-10 REFS — The officials have made a few questionable calls early in the second half, including an offensive foul on Sanders-Frison and an offensive foul on Bryan-Amaning. UW 59-38.
RANDLE’S FOIBLES — Randle has nine turnovers.
SECOND HALF — Both teams have the same starting lineups.
HALFTIME HIJINKS — UW is holding a mascot game and this has to be the best halftime show of the season. The game featured Harry the Husky, Doppler (Storm), Blitz (Seahawks) and others. Not sure which team won, but Cal could use Blitz, who sets a mean screen.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Strange game. Really. Cal has taken 29 free throws and made 16. UW is 13 for 13 at the charity stripe. Pondexter topped his record for points in a half. He has 21 and 5 rebounds. Pondexter is looking more and more like an early pick in the NBA draft. He’s been proficient with a mid-range jumper no matter who is defending him. If not for Christopher (17 points), Cal would be in serious trouble. The Huskies have done an outstanding job on Randle, who is scoreless. Considering the competition, this has been UW’s best half of the season.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 50-31.
THREE PG-LINEUP — UW has Gaddy, Overton and Thomas on the floor. Romar doesn’t do this often, but the grouping has kept the lead at 20. UW 48-28.
BEST GANT PLAY OF THE SEASON — Gant is known for his mid-range baseline jumper, however, the sophomore forward retrieved a bounce pass from Gaddy and flushed on 7-3 Max Zhang. UW 44-24.
SARK SIGHTING — The cameras found football coach Steve Sarkisian. Every time they put him on the JumboTron this season, Sark draws a huge applause. UW 42-24.
GOOD D — Cal has as many turnovers (14) as shot attempts. UW 42-20.
SEEMS LIKE I’M NOT THE ONLY OLD MAN AT THE GAME — The refs have called three palming violations. No high dribbles allowed in this game. UW 39-18.
STILL NO SIGN OF RANDLE — He’s on the floor, but he hasn’t shown up. Randle, who scored 39 points Thursday at Washington State, is scoreless. UW 37-18.
YOU KNOW IT’S YOUR DAY WHEN … — You shoot a mid-range jumper and the ball bounces off the rim, hits the top of the glass and falls through the net. That’s what happened to Pondexter. UW 35-14.
BAD FALL — Pondexter landed hard after Markhuri Sanders-Frison hit him in the air on an alley-opp attempt. UW is on the double bonus. UW 31-12.
MALONE STYLE — Breshers is gassed after a play in which he took what seemed like four shots at the rim. He finally sank the putback, which again sent the crowd nuts. Bears coach Mike Montgomery picked up a technical foul and Pondexter drained both FTs. UW 27-12.
IT GOOD DEFENSE — Cal is trying to exploit Thomas’ size and post a bigger man against him. It hasn’t worked. UW 23-12.
UW IN THE BONUS — With 11:45 left, UW will take FTs every time its fouled. Cal has just 3 fouls. UW 21-12.
UW PLAYING GOOD DEFENSE — The Huskies are forcing Cal into some bad jumpers. Randle is scoreless, which is a little surprising. UW 19-12.
ANOTHER CROWD PLEASER — Thomas dove for a loose ball and managed to get it away from a pair of Cal players. He delivered a pass to Pondexter who found Suggs open on the right wing. Suggs drained a three that sent the crowd into a tizzy. UW 19-11.
HERE WE GO — Now we got a game. Overton forced a turnover, Thomas grabbed the loose ball and threw a pass Montana would have been proud of to Pondexter who flushed a dunk. UW 14-8.
THIRD SUB — Scott Suggs checks in for Holiday.
SECOND SUB — Venoy Overton is in for Gaddy. UW 9-8.
NICE PLAY — Romar gets criticized for his in-game play-calling, but he just drew up a nice play for Pondexter. Pondexter screened for Gaddy and picked up reserve Nikola Knezevic on the switch. Paired against the smaller defender, Pondexter drew a foul. UW 7-6.
LIMITED SUBS — Romar has decided to shorten the rotation. After four minutes, Bryan-Amaning is the only reserve that’s played. In past games, there might have been three subs off the bench at this point. Christopher has a size advantage over Gaddy, which could be a problem for UW. Cal 6-5.
FIRST SUB — Matthew Bryan-Amaning subs for Breshers at the 17:50 mark. Cal 5-0.
IT’S ONE OF THOSE GAMES — On UW’s first possession, Gaddy was called for palming. Wow. Cal 2-0.
MAKE A WISH — The Huskies were joined by Gene Sulton from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Tyreese Breshers, Justin Holiday, Quincy Pondexter, Abdul Gaddy and Isaiah Thomas.
Cal: F Jamal Boykin, F Omondi Amoke, F Theo Robertson, G Jerome Randle and G Patrick Christopher.
10 MINUTES TO TIP OFF — Joe Montana and his wife Jennifer just walked in and they’re sitting midcourt. I think we’ll see a lot more of the Montanas now that Nick has decided to enroll at the UW this spring.
PET PEEVE — Why do the Huskies take half court shots during warmups? Never understood that. NBA players do it too. Seems silly to me. How often does a player attempt a halfcourt shot during the season? Okay, no more old man gripes.
ROMAR TIED WITH TIPPY — Coach Lorenzo Romar is tied with Tippy Dye for third in all-time UW wins.
SPEAKING OF FSN — Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson have the call.
WHY SO EARLY? — It was asked why this game is starting at 11:30 a.m. I spoke with the guys at FSN and they said UW-Cal tips off a triple header of games on the network. That’s it. No other reason.

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