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January 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Washington State game thread

Photo credit: AP PHOTO – Ted S. Warren
LIVE CHAT COMING UP — Check back at 4 p.m. and we’ll start a Live Chat. Plenty to chat about.
IT’S OVER — UW 92-64.
SHERRER SCORES — Gaddy tossed a full-court pass to Sherrer who sank a hook shot in the paint. It’s his second field goal, but first against a team that’s had five players on the court. Sherrer scored in garbage time of the Seattle U. win when the Redhawks played with just four players.
SHERRER TIME — No Dancing Dawgs, but we get Sherrer. He always gets a loud ovation. Just 50.2 seconds left. UW 90-64.
HEADING FOR THE EXITS — With 4:29 left, some fans are leaving. Wow. Didn’t think this game would be a blowout. We might see the Dancing Dawgs and Brendan Sherrer. UW 83-57.
MOVE OVER LUTON, NELSON AND HAWES — Pondexter has moved past Deon Luton, Louis Nelson and Steve Hawes on UW’s all-time scoring list. He has 29 in the game and 1,517 for the season for seventh place. Next up: James Edwards (1,548).
THOMAS MAKES A HIGHLIGHT — On a fastbreak, Thomas dribbled around Koprivica for a reverse layup. UW 78-53.
SLOWING DOWN — Things could change and if so, I’ll keep updating. But I’ve got to write the game story so I’m slowing down on thread. Still UW 70-50 with 7:51 left.
INCHING TOWARDS A ROUT — The Cougars are panicking and rushing their shots. Thompson is pressing and Moore looks as if he’s run out of answers. When WSU misses bad shots, the Huskies are making them pay. Pondexter flushed a dunk and Thomas scored on a layup. Bone called a 20-second timeout. UW 70-50.
IN THE BONUS — With 9:34 left, the Huskies are in the bonus. UW 66-50.
MORE ZONE FROM WSU — The Cougars fallen back into a 2-3 zone, however, Pondexter has scored on a short jumper and a dribble drive layup. Not sure if WSU has the big bodies to keep Pondexter out of the lane. UW 64-50.
THOMAS IS FEELING IT — Thomas is another place. Call the zone if you like, but whatever it is he’s feeling so good he’s draining everything he puts up. After scoring two points in the first half, he has 13 including three second-half treys. Strangely, Romar pulled Thomas with 12:02 and appeared to give him a little lecture on the sideline. UW 58-45.
HEADY PLAY BY MBA — While Suggs scrambled on the floor for a loose ball and several Cougars were ready to tie him for a held ball, Bryan-Amaning ran to an official and called a time out. Smart play. It preserves a possession for UW and keeps momentum on its side. UW 55-42.
WSU’S SHOTS NO LONGER FALLING — The Cougars aren’t hitting from three-point land and they don’t look as if they have a Plan B. WSU is 0-for-11 in the second half. Meanwhile, the Huskies are starting to catch fire. Suggs drained a three-pointer and Bryan-Amaning brought the house down with a vicious dunk. Momentum is wearing purple. UW 48-41.
UW LEADS AGAIN — Thompson missed a three-pointer, which ignited a UW fastbreak. Overton left the ball for Holiday on the right wing and he converted a layup despite being fouled. Holiday sank the ensuing free throw. UW 43-41.
SLOW START — Both teams are scoreless after two minutes.
SECOND HALF — Same starters. Thompson benched again.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Good game. Pondexter has put the Huskies on his shoulders and carried them to halftime. He has 19 points and 11 rebounds. UW needs to do a better job of tracking WSU’s shooters. Koprivica is 3 for 3 on treys and Thames is 2 for 2. Thompson has been relatively quiet, but he has six rebounds.
After a slow start, the Huskies are back in the game. Still, they need to generate easier offense. Gaddy should stay aggressive. Same for Overton. He’s been the catalyst again. He has three steals and he’s forced a couple of turnovers. UW’s big men have done a good job of keeping WSU out of the paint. The Cougars have just six points in the paint, five on second chance baskets and none on fast breaks.
Got to believe WSU’s hot three-point shooting cools off in the second half.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.

GRITTY GLASS WORK — Pondexter gave UW its first lead with 2:26 left on a pair of free throws. Before the FTs, UW had repeated shots at the basket. I counted five, but it could have been six offensive rebounds. UW 32-31.
THE OBLIGATORY SARK SIGHTING — And the crowd cheers for UW football coach Steve Sarkisian. He’s still a big celeb in this building. WSU 31-30.
MOORE MAKES A HIGHLIGHT — Moore, the former Rainier Beach High star, intercepted a Turner pass, raced to the rim and flushed a one-handed jam on Turner. WSU 31-28.
GETTING TESTY — Pondexter and Capers drew technical fouls while going for a loose ball. Pondexter started jawing with Capers and Thames. Moore came in and Pondexter brushed his hand away. After all of this, Pondexter hit one of two free throws to tie the game 28-28 with 4:43 left.
WSU IN DOUBLE BONUS — There’s 5:30 left and the Cougars will shoot two free throws every time they’re fouled. WSU 28-25.
HUGE OVATION FOR ROY — Former UW great Brandon Roy appeared on the big screen and the crowd let loose a big applause.
FINDING THEIR FOOTING — Looks as if the Huskies are starting to find holes in WSU’s zone. Gaddy has threaded a few passes into the post and Overton has dribbled in and converted a layup. The crowd is getting into it again. Bone called a wise timeout to settle down the Cougars. WSU 25-22 with 7:36 left.
LIVING ON THE ARC — The Cougars have converted 4 of 6 three-pointers. Koprivica has three. WSU 17-10.
A LITTLE LIFE — The combination of Pondexter and four reserves (Turner, Scott Suggs, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Overton) has keyed a mini-comeback. UW trailed 14-3 and things looked awful. Bryan-Amaning had a big block, Pondexter sank a mid-range jumper and Turner knocked down a trey in the corner to pull the UW to within four points. WSU 14-10.
SIX MINUTES, ONE FIELD GOAL — Not a good combination for UW. 14-5.
YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN TROUBLE WHEN … — Elston Turner feels as if the best shot is a NBA-range three-pointer with 18 seconds remaining in the shot clock. WSU 14-3.
HAVING AN UH-OH MOMENT — The Cougars look good. They’re hitting their three-pointers and they’re able to get almost any shot they want whereas the Huskies are struggling to get a good look against WSU’s 2-3 zone. Thomas has forced a few off-balance jumpers and Pondexter took a long three-pointer. WSU 11-3.
BRESHERS BREAKS THE DROUGHT — UW had failed to score on its first four possessions until Breshers sank a layup over Casto with 17:32 left. Another slow start for UW. WSU 8-3.
THOMPSON CHECKS IN — Apparently coach Ken Bone feels as if Thompson’s tardiness wasn’t that bad. He sat out the first 107 seconds before checking in. WSU 5-0.
WSU STARTS IN ZONE — The Cougars committed turnovers on each of its two opening possessions. WSU has also started in a 2-3 zone, which has thrown off the Huskies. WSU 2-0.
DAWGNONYMOUS SPOTTING — Just handed Dawgnonymous his prize for coming the closest in last week’s contest.
STARTING LINEUP — Slight change for the Huskies: Thomas returns and replaces Venoy Overton. The others are Abdul Gaddy, Quincy Pondexter, Justin Holiday and Tyreese Breshers.
WSU: Nikola Koprivica started for Thompson and Xavier Thames replaced Abe Lodwick. The others are: G Reggie Moore, G Marcus Capers and F DeAngelo Casto.
KLAY THOMPSON NOT STARTING — Looks like WSU’s star sophomore Klay Thompson is not starting. He was late for the team bus on Friday.
SPRINKLES OF CRIMSON — This is not a totally partisan crowd. There’s a few Cougars in the house and they’re sporting their school colors.
ANOTHER SELLOUT — The Huskies say today’s game is sold out, which gives UW four sellouts this season. That’s three more than any other team in the Pac-10, which is pretty good for a team tied for last place in the conference.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE BLACK JERSEYS — Hope you like them because the Huskies could wear them again. A school official told me, this isn’t a one-time thing. Romar said yesterday he’s taking a wait-and-see approach on if the team will wear them again. The players like the new look. Said Isaiah Thomas: “I wish we’d wear them every game in February.”
ANOTHER UNVEILING — Washington flashed a new logo on the sideline table where the radio and game operation folks sit. It’s a horizontal picture of a dog with menacing eyes. I’m told the school may use the more of this logo and slowly phase out the old logo that’s a profile of a Husky.
ON TV — FSN has the game. Steve Physioc is calling play-by-play and Miles Simon, the former Arizona star, is the analyst.
SNEAK PEAK — Here’s a quick look at the new uniforms. You can’t see the jerseys in this video, but you get an idea of the look.

BLACKOUT FOR CANCER — The school is distributing Blackout For Cancer t-shirts to fans in the lower bowl and 1,000 of the first fans in the second level.
BREAKFAST AT HEC ED — Coach Lorenzo Romar greeted the Dawg Pack at about 9:30 a.m. with Top Pot donuts.
PROGRAMING ALERT — We’ll have a Live Chat about an hour after today’s game. So be sure to come back around 3 p.m. and I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about.

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