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February 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM

USC game thread

IT’S OVER — USC 67-64.
OVERTON TO THE RESCUE — Overton sank a layup to bring UW within one point. USC 61-60.
IT’S DOWN TO FOUR — Johnson fouled out. Bryan-Amaning will go to the line with a chance to cut it two points. USC 59-55 with 3:26 left.
COMEBACK STALLED — Vucevic drained a big three-pointer from the corner. The lineup that triggered the comeback is Overton, Pondexter, Holiday, Turner and Bryan-Amaning. USC 59-53 with 4:40 left.
HEATING UP — The Huskies are pressing and USC is getting rattled. This is the loudest this place has been in a long , long time. The press has forced a few turnovers and UW has drained a few three-pointers. With 5:09 left, USC 56-51.
SLOWING DOWN — Got to slow down on the thread and write the game story. USC 54-40 with 8:20 left.
BLOWOUT BUBBLING — Holiday checks in and the Huskies are pressing full court. UW can’t stop Gerrity and Vucevic scored a putback. USC 52-38 with 9:39 left.
SIGNS OF PANIC? — Romar has Suggs and Turner on the floor together, perhaps looking for some offense. USC 48-36.
STILL A 10-POINT DEFICIT … — … but it feels like a 20-point deficit because the Trojans have made this game a half-court contest and there’s just 11:39 left. Gerrity is painting a masterpiece. He’s so good with the ball and his decisions. He’s controlled the second half. USC is spreading the floor again and allowing him to create in the middle. USC 46-36.
OVERTON GOES OUT — Overton has four fouls and heads to the bench, which is probably a good thing for UW because he’s been unable to keep Gerrity in front of him. USC 44-34.
REFS LOOKING AT SOMETHING — Not sure but the officials have been looking at the replay for a long time. Now they’ve called both coaches over for a quick huddle.
TURNING POINT? — Bryan-Amaning tipped the ball away from Washington and dove to the floor for a loose ball. He outfought Vucevic for the ball and flipped it to Thomas, who found Holiday in the corner who connected with Pondexter for a dunk. Crowd goes wild. O’Neill called timeout. USC 40-32.
10-POINT DEFICIT — Johnson blew past Gaddy for a short jumper. USC 36-26.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for UW.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Not sure if the Huskies can win a slow-tempo game like this. They’re just not creating enough defensive problems for USC, especially Lewis who has a game-high 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field. The rebounding is edge is tied 15-15, but it feels like the Trojans are dominating the glass.
Bryan-Amaning has played a solid game. He has six points on 3-for-3 shooting and four rebounds. He’s even drawn a few fouls on Stepheson. Gaddy started hot, but cooled down once he went to the bench. Pondexter has been a non-factor. Same for Thomas.
The Huskies need to clamp down on Lewis and Johnson and force Gerrity or Vucevic to beat them. UW also needs to increase the tempo and get more aggressive. The Huskies took their first free throw in the final minute of the first half. UW is 2 for 4 at the line.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
NBA-STYLE OFFENSE — USC is spreading the floor, putting a man at the top of the key, two on the sidelines and one on the baseline. The Trojans are milking the clock before the guy at the top of the key drives to the basket and everyone else crashes. It’s as if the Trojans are saying, we’ve got better athletes than you and we’ll blow by you guys whenever we want. USC 32-24.
ANOTHER BIG BASKET — Thomas drained a pull-up three-pointer that cut USC’s lead to six and Trojans coach Kevin O’Neill immediately called timeout to slow UW’s momentum. USC 28-22.
ONE AND DONE — Before Pondexter scored the putback, one of UW’s biggest problems was it was being limited to just one shot. The Trojans’ big front line is gobbling almost every rebound. For a few minutes this game was starting to look like the 26-point UW defeat in Los Angeles.
BIG BASKET — USC was on a 19-5 run before Pondexter scored a putback that gave a little life to the crowd. The Huskies badly needed that basket because they were in danger of falling behind by double digits. USC 26-19.
NO MORE ZONE — Lewis shot the Huskies out of their zone. Or maybe it was Johnson who scored a putback. Whatever the reason, UW is back playing its traditional man-to-man defense. USC 24-17.
FIFTH SUB — Darnell Gant is in.
BRYAN-AMANING MAKES A HIGHLIGHT — Bryan-Amaning had the ball and was surrounded by Trojans beneath the basket. He made a nifty ball fake that fooled Vucevic and created enough room to go up for a layup. USC 18-17.
UW GOES ZONE — The Huskies have switched to a zone for a couple of possessions.
TURNER SNAPS A DROUGHT — Forgot to mention, Elston Turner checked in a few minutes ago. He missed his first shot, a corner three, but sank another three that was two feet behind the arc. Turner’s shot snapped a streak of five possessions without a score. USC 16-15.
UH-OH — With 10:10 left, Pondexter picked up his second foul. USC 14-12.
QUESTIONABLE NON-CALLS — The fans are letting the refs have it after a couple of non-calls. First Overton was bumped out of bounds and the Trojans knocked around Thomas and Suggs while the officials kept their whistles silent. The Trojans have found their legs and they’re on a 10-4 run. UW 12-12.
THIRD SUB — Tyreese Breshers subbed for Bryan-Amaning. UW 12-7.
SECOND SUB — Scott Suggs is in for Holiday.
FIRST SUB — Venoy Overton is in for Thomas. UW 8-4.
TROJANS IN FOUL TROUBLE — Gerrity picked up his second foul less than four minutes into the game. That could be a problem for USC.
GADDY CAME TO PLAY — Gaddy is being aggressive with his shot and with his dribble. He make a long jumper on the sideline in front of the USC bench and drove around Gerrity for a layup when it looked like he was stopped at the top of the key. Good sign for the Huskies. UW 8-2.
MATCHUPS — Thomas on Gerrity, Pondexter on Vucevic, Gaddy on Johnson, Bryan-Amaning on Stepheson and Holiday on Lewis. UW 6-2.
STARTING LINEUPS: No change for UW: Isaiah Thomas, Abdul Gaddy, Justin Holiday, Quincy Pondexter and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
USC: F Marcus Johnson, Alex Stepheson, F Nikola Vucevic, G Dwight Lewis and G Mike Gerrity.
BRUINS ROLLING IN PULLMAN — Looks like the UCLA is on its way to a blowout victory over Washington State. The Bruins are up 65-46 with 3:46 left.
ANOTHER GUESS THE UW SCORE WINNER — Just met GFRfan, who collected his winnings. Cool dude.
ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TROJAN COACHES — Wondering if Steve Sarkisian and Pete Carroll will attend tonight’s game.
IF YOU’RE WATCHING ON TV — Look for a poll from FSN asking which senior is the best NBA prospect: Quincy Pondexter, USC’s Dwight Lewis, Cal’s Jerome Randle or Stanford’s Landry Fields.
ON FSN — FSN’s Tom Glasgow has the play by play and Lenny Wilkens is providing color analysis.
TV ONLINE — Haven’t found a link to the game yet, but came across a link for the WSU-UCLA game.
YOU OWE ME A HOT DOG! — Just met Mr. T, who picked up his winnings. Good guy.

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