IT’S OVER — 97-68.
SHERRER — Sherrer, the former Dawg Pack member and UW walk-on, is in. UW 97-66.
DANCIN’ DAWGS — Okay now its’s official … it’s a blowout. The Dancin’ Dawgs video is playing. What’s next? Brendan Sherrer?
PONDEXTER GOES OUT TO AN OVATION — With 4:25 left, Pondexter was taken out of the game and received a standing ovation. He hugged everybody on the sideline before taking a seat. He finished with 20 points, three rebounds and three assists. UW 89-62.
OVERHEARD — ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said the best ever Washington player was Schrempf.
ANOTHER MINI-BRUINS RUN — UCLA has cut UW’s lead to 76-48. Romar called timeout, upset with the Huskies for not getting back on defense.
IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING — UW’s largest victory over UCLA is a 90-65 win in 1986.
PONDEXTER MAKES A HIGHLIGHT — Look for this on SportsCenter. Pondexter stole a pass from Jermime Anderson that was intended for Lee in the UCLA backcourt. Staring at an open court, Pondexter raced to the rim where he packed a two-hand, windmill dunk that blew the roof off this place. The crowd is really into now. UW 57-30.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Fittingly, Thomas and Holiday capped the first half with a alley-oop tip jam. Thomas threw the pass and Holiday redirected it into the rim with a little authority.
It’s been just total domination by the Huskies, especially on the defensive end where they’ve held the Bruins to .367 shooting. UCLA is 1 for 8 on three-pointers. No one has more than Nelson (seven points). UW has choked every other scoring opportunity for the Bruins. Thomas has blanketed Dragovic. Overton has harassed Lee to the point where he’s so concerned about getting the ball across the court that he does very little in the halfcourt set.
Offensively, Pondexter (14 points) and Thomas (13) have led the way. Pondexter is doing a little bit of everything, while Thomas is shooting the lights out. Everyone else is scoring in transition, such as Holiday and Overton.
Breshers also is having his best game in a long time. He looks very strong beneath the rim finishing with power on couple of nice passes from Gaddy, who has four assists and four turnovers.
The Huskies can’t cruise in the second half, but not sure if the Bruins can score enough points to make this close.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 49-26.
BRESHERS ARRIVES — Breshers flushed a thunderous dunk. UW 47-26.
PONDEXTER PICKS UP TWO — Pondexter collected his second foul and despite a little protest, Romar substituted for him. He might be done for the half. He has 14 points. UW 43-24.
THREE POINT GUARDS — Thomas, Overton and Gaddy are on the court together with Pondexter and Breshers.
POURING IT ON — It’s starting to get a little ridiculous. Thomas sank another trey from long range. UW 39-20.
DOUBLED UP — The Huskies are rolling now. Holiday sank a layup. Gant hit a baseline jumper. Thomas drained a three-pointer. Howland called timeout. He’s got just one left with 5:16 remaining. UW leads 36-16.
THOMAS SHOWS UP — Thomas converted a short floater and a three-pointer putting UW ahead 29-16. The Huskies are dominating this game because of their defense, which has held UCLA to .300 shooting.
HANDS ON DEFENSE — Overton is being very active. He’s taken Lee out of the game and he forced a turnover and scored on a fastbreak layup. UW 24-16.
ANOMALY — It’s hard to understand how Turner is so bad at the free throw line. He’s a .476 percent shooter. He just missed two of three foul shots. UW 20-13.
OVERTON AGAIN — After scoreless outing on four straight possessions and three turnovers, Overton drove into the paint and sank a layup despite being fouled. He sank the free throw. UW 17-9.
RECASNER HONORED — Former UW star Eldridge Recasner is being honored during a timeout. He’s accompanied by his family.
MORE SUBS — Tyreese Breshers and Elston Turner have checked in. Pondexter is out. UW 14-7.
OVER-WHELMING — Overton raced through the UCLA defense and sank a short floater that brought the crowd to its feet. Bruins coach Ben Howland called timeout. The atmosphere is electric. UW 14-4.
SUBS — Scott Suggs is in for Holiday. UW 12-4.
TV TIMEOUT — UW leads 9-4. Good start. The defense is clamping down on the Bruins’ shooters and Bryan-Amaning has done a nice job on Nelson. Pondexter has scored seven points, including a three-pointer, dribble drive short jumper and layup.
FIRST SUB — Venoy Overton is in for Gaddy. UW 5-2.
BAD START — Gaddy has made turnovers on consecutive possession. He’s talking with Romar along the sideline. If he keeps this up, he won’t be in long. UW 3-2.
GOOD START — Perhaps fittingly, Pondexter began the game with a three-pointer as the clock was winding down. UW 3-0.
STARTING LINEUPS: No change for UW. It’s Pondexter, Abdul Gaddy, Isaiah Thomas, Justin Holiday and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
UCLA: F Reeves Nelson, F Tyler Honeycutt, F Nikola Dragovic, G Malcolm Lee and G Michael Roll.
UNUSUAL OPENING — Because it’s Senior Night, the Huskies were on the court for the national anthem and they had a long introduction for the Pondexter and second-year manager Ryan Warbis. Now they’re off the court.
PONDEXTER HONORED — Pondexter is being introduced. He walked with his parents Roscoe and Dorothy and was greeted at midcourt by coach Lorenzo Romar.
PLENTY OF ONLINE VIDEO OPTIONS — Justin.tv has the game as well as ESPN.com.
GREAT SCOTT — Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott is sitting in the stands.
CELEBS IN THE CROWD — Throughout the string I’ll note local celebrities who are flocking to this game. Just spotted former UW and NBA star Detlef Schrempf.
WOODWARD TALKS — Just finished a pre-game interview with athletic director Scott Woodward and we addressed a variety of issues.
He said hosting ESPN’s College GameDay show doesn’t make the school any more money than a normal game. In fact, the expenses are a little higher.
Said Woodward: “Is it a budget buster? No. For the exposure you get, it is a great bargain.”
He said the ESPN producers have enjoyed their time so much that “they were to the point of scouting for GameDay for football.”
Woodward also talked about expansion and said the Pac-10 and the Big Ten have reached out to officials at Texas and Texas A&M. “I’d be surprised if our office is not in contact with them,” he said. “I’m sure those conversations have happened and are taking place.”
When asked if the league might expand beyond two teams, Woodward said that’s a possibility. “It could be two, four or a merger of Big 12. … There’s a theory that at the end of the day there’s only going to be four super conferences. Now that it’s going to look like, God only knows.”
Woodward said football coach Steve Sarkisian is entertaining the idea of wearing an alternative black jersey, but quickly added that nothing is in the works.
IT’S OVER — 97-68.
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