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January 16, 2010 at 10:09 PM

California post-game analysis

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Game of the decade.
That’s how a fan described what happened this morning at Bank of America Arena. Of course the decade is just getting started, but why squabble with semantics.
Washington’s 84-69 win over California was the biggest victory of the season. Even though the Bears were shorthanded, it was the signature win they’ve been seeking.
Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas (left) led UW in scoring, however, the Huskies won because of a renewed commitment to defense and rebounding. They hustle on every play and it seemed as if a Husky was diving or falling to the floor on every possession.
Key stats: Washington forced 22 turnovers, corralled 20 offensive rebounds and held Jerome Randle (left) to a season-low five points and season-high eight turnovers.
In our game story, I wrote about Thomas’ steal early in the first half that set the tone.
Jerry Brewer said UW reclaimed its mojo after after a pair of losses last week at Arizona and Arizona State.
Photo credit: AP PHOTO – Kevin P. Casey
SOME MORE OBSERVATIONS:


— FSN reported Pondexter suffered a slight concussion last week at Arizona. He was limited in practice this week.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning took advantage of 7-3 Cal center Max Zhang and finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. He’s scored at least 10 points in three straight games.
— Coach Lorenzo Romar hasn’t shortened the rotation, but today he changed the substitution pattern. In the past, he’d rotate players in five-minute shifts.
Today, he stayed with the starters much longer, then slowly subbed in the reserves.
— Pondexter and Thomas combined for 21 of UW’s 24 free throws.
— In his second start, Justin Holiday wasn’t the catalyst like he was on Thursday. Still he found ways to be productive, finishing with six points, two rebounds, an assist and steal.
Tyreese Breshers converted just one of nine shots, but he had six rebounds.
Abdul Gaddy failed to score in double figures for the first time in three games, but he dished out a game-high five assists.
Elston Turner, Darnell Gant and Clarence Trent have fallen to the bottom of the rotation. Romar calls on them when he’s looking for answers on the bench.
— In the span of a few days, the Huskies moved from last in the conference to a three-way tie with (Washington State and Arizona) for fourth place.
SOME QUOTES:
Pondexter
(What does this game say about Washington?)
“It says that we are really capable of doing a lot of things this season still. We had a little slippage early in the Pac-10 season. We just came out and we had to start from scratch and prove to people that we are a talented team and we have to come together. Once we do those things, the sky’s the limit for us still. We still have a great possibility of doing big things in March and that’s what our goal is.”
(What’s been the improvement with the offense?) “We’re playing really unselfish. If there’s another guy with a better shot open, we pass to him no matter who it is. As long as the team and the Huskies score, we don’t care who gets the credit or the points or anything like that as long as we are coming out and shooting high percentage shots and playing together.”
(What do you think happened to Randle?) “The fans did a great job of that too. We did a collective job in guarding him. A lot of guys were helping and showing and taking him off the three point line and not letting him get into much of a rhythm. He is a tremendous player and we know that we have to play him again. He’s going to be coming at us just as hard in a couple of weeks.”
Bryan-Amaning
(Are you playing more aggressively?)
“Coach spoke to me about it, just picking and choosing my spots. If you notice, I’m shooting probably a little bit higher percentage shots the last couple of games and just knowing when the kick out when the defense is collapsing on me.”
(Can UW keep this going on the road?) “It’s all stuff that we control. Stats wise, its just putting energy and effort on the court. The adrenaline is going to be there when you’re playing basketball, so it’s just about asserting it in the right way.”
Cal coach Mike Montogomery
(What did you think of Washingon?)
“They’re very physical, and they attacked the glass, as evidenced by 20 offensive rebounds, they get up and they climb on the top of everything, and we had a difficult time getting the ball up. Statistics certainly don’t tell the story, because we got backed off. They played harder than we did, they were way more physical than we were, they were energized and we got back on our heels, which is something that they do to people and they’ve done before. It makes it very difficult.”
“In the first half we had a lot of turnovers, we had at one point three assists and 20 turnovers, we gave up 13 foul shot attempts in the first half that we didn’t convert. You look at statistics–we shot 48 times and they shot 74 times, so that’s 26 more shots that they got at the basket. We gave up 18 foul shot opportunities, and of those, two or three were front ends [of a one-and-one]. There’s 20 points at the line that we don’t get.”
“We turned it over 22 times and we assist eight. We didn’t meet passes, we weren’t smart with out passes, we didn’t get the ball to the offensive area. They deserved to win–they played harder, they played smarter, they played better. There’s no question about that.”

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