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Husky Men's Basketball

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February 11, 2010 at 5:16 PM

California game thread

POST-GAME ANALYSIS — Having computer issues. Heading back to the hotel and will file an entry dissecting tonight’s game later this evening.
IT’S OVER — Cal 93-81.
SLOWING DOWN — Got to slow down on the thread and write the game story.
THIS COULD COME DOWN TO FOULS — UW is starting to press. Time is running out. Only 3:49 remains. The Huskies are making defensive gambles and sending the Bears to the line. If Cal makes its free throws, this game is over. If it doesn’t, then UW has a chance. Cal 83-73.
RANDLE CHECKS BACK IN — With 5:01 left, Randle is back. Looks like he had the wind knocked out of him. Cal 79-67.
RANDLE DOWN — With 5:38 left, Randle fell hard to the floor and Overton landed on top of him. He was down for a few minutes. Cal 79-65.
WOW — Not sure how to describe the play Gutierrez made when he shoved Overton into Thomas and both players fell down. With two Huskies on the floor, Randle sank an open three-pointer. Cal 77-65.
NOT OVER YET — Pondexter flushed a dunk on a breakaway and Thomas stole a pass for an easy layup. Cal 74-61.
TIME TO MAKE A RUN — Cal looks as if it is out of sync. The Bears have no offensive flow. They’ve jacked up bad shots on their last three possessions. Cal 70-55.
ENTERING BLOWOUT TERRITORY — Cal held a 66-47 lead before UW made a small run to make the game competitive again. Still, it like if the Bears can string together a couple of stops and scores, then the Huskies will cave. Cal 66-51 with 11:36 left.
IS GUTIERREZ THIS GOOD? — Gotta admit, this is my first time really watching Gutierrez and he strikes me as a Romar-type of player. He hustles. He does the little thing that don’t show up in the box score. He makes the extra pass. He plays solid defense. And he’s still not 100 percent healthy. Cal 62-43.
SLOW START — Cal has a 8-5 run to start the second half. Cal 56-39.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Rebounding tells this story. Cal has 25, UW 12. The Bears have 10 offensive boards. Randle has been dominant. He has 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting and three rebounds. Boykin wasn’t too bad either, especially in the early minutes when he scored eight of his 10 points. Robertson has done a good job denying Pondexter a good look. The UW senior has three points on 1-for-6 shooting.
Romar knows he has to slow down Randle. At the end of the first half, defensive ace Holiday guarded Randle and it seemed to work. Look for Holiday to stick with Randle in the second half. And the Huskies were able to make a mini-run at the end of the first by crashing the offensive glass. They’ll need to do more of that. The Huskies can’t give Cal many second chances.
It will be interesting to see how Romar creates better offensive opportunities for Pondexter. If Pondexter doesn’t get going, UW’s only chance to create consistent scoring is off of its defense. Look for Overton to try and take over on the defensive end and push the ball at every opportunity much like he did at USC.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Cal 48-34.
UW GOES ZONE — The Huskies make a defensive switch in the final minute and pull out a zone on the final two possessions. It worked. Cal put up two bad three-pointers.
RANDLE MAKES A HIGHLIGHT — Randle split a Gaddy-Bryan-Amaning double team at the top of the key, drove in the lane and flipped in a mid-range jumper after being knocked to the floor by Pondexter. He made the free throw. Cal 45-29.
TV TIMEOUT — No energy? Not exactly. But a smaller Cal team is pounding UW on the glass and it’s getting to a lot of loose balls. The Bears are quicker. And they’re doing a good job denying Pondexter a decent look on the offensive end. He’s 1 for 5. Randle bounced back from the eight-turnover game against UW. He has 10 points. UW cut the lead to 29-25 at 7:23 but Cal went on a 12-2 run. Cal 41-27.
MORE SPOTTY REBOUNDING — Randle jumped over Thomas and pulled away a long rebound. Seocnd later, Randle drained a three-pointer. Cal 34-25.
GLASS WORKS — UW is getting killed on rebounds. The last I checked it was 17-6 for Cal. The Bears also have eight offensive rebounds. Cal 29-22.
PONDEXTER RETURNS — Cal 27-17.
THOMAS IS BACK — Cal 24-17.
STRANGE LINEUP — No Pondexter. No Thomas. UW has Overton, Gaddy, Suggs, Holiday and Bryan-Amaning. Cal 22-15.
TV TIMEOUT — Really good game. Still no sellout, but it’s about 90 percent capacity. Good energy in the building. It seems as if both teams are still feeling each other out. Cal is on a mini-run. It has scored six straight points. Cal 20-15.
BACK-TO-BACK LAYUPS — UW was burned on a pair of nifty layups by Bears guards Randle and Gutierrez. Romar called timeout. Cal 18-15.
NO STOPPING PONDEXTER — Montgomery realized Amoke is too small to defend Pondexter and he called a timeout to put in 6-7, 275-pound Markhuri Sanders-Frison. UW 15-14.
SECOND SUB — Scott Suggs replaced Holiday. UW 12-11.
TV TIMEOUT — Good start for UW. Go to believe the Huskies will live with Boykin getting a few mid-range jumpers. Overton came in and made an immediate impact, scoring off of a turnover on a dribble drive layup. UW 10-8.
FIRST SUB — Venoy Overton is in for Gaddy. UW 8-8.
WHAT’S GOTTEN INTO BOYKIN? — Boykin has six of Cal’s eight points. He’s on fire. Cal 8-6.
EARLY MATCHUPS — Pondexter is on Gutierrez, Thomas on Randle, Holiday on Robertson and Gaddy on Christopher. UW 4-4.
STARTING LINUEPS — No change for UW: Isaiah Thomas, Abdul Gaddy, Pondexter, Justin Holiday and Tyreese Breshers.
Cal: G Jerome Randle, G Patrick Christopher, G Jorge Gutierrez, F Theo Robertson and F Jamal Boykin. Slight change. Gutierrez starts for F Omondi Amoke.
PLENTY OF ONLINE VIDEO OPTIONS — Try Justin.TV and ESPN has a live video feed.
WARMUPS OVER — Quincy Pondexter is the last Husky to leave the court. Late arriving crowd tonight. We’re about nine minutes from tip and the place is less than half full.
ESPN4 — Cal coach Mike Montgomery joked earlier this week ESPN would bump this game to ESPN4 it it could. The network had scheduled to televise it on ESPN, but it made the change several weeks ago bumping Cal-UW to the lower network and while televising the Mississippi-Mississippi State game. Dave O’Brien has the play by play and Steve Lavin is the color analyst.
LEONA ROMAR MAKES THE TRIP —- Coach Lorenzo Romar joked Tuesday he was considering leaving his wife Leona at home at the request of assistant Jim Shaw. Shaw is a little superstitious and he kidded with Romar that in order to break UW’s 0-6 road losing streak he should change some habits. Well, Romar chose to bring his wife with the team to the Bay Area. She’s sitting in the front row behind UW’s bench.

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