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March 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

California game thread

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM — Robertson, Boykin, Randle, Pondexter and UCLA G Michael Roll. Thomas was named the Most Outstanding Player.
IT’S OVER — UW 79-75.
OVERTON SEALS THE DEAL — Overton went to the line with 2.1 seconds left and made two free throws.
LANE VIOLATION — Randle made the first FT and intentionally missed the second one, but was called for a lane violation. UW 77-75.
STRANGE CALL — Turner poked the ball away from Randle and the refs called a foul on Turner when they were scrambling for the loose ball. Randle is going to the line with 4.4 seconds left.
TURNOVER — Pondexter lost the ball on a drive and Cal has it 10.7 seconds left. UW 77-74.
WOW — Best game of the year. UW 77-74 at 50.3 seconds.
“THIS IS US!” — That’s what Thomas is saying to his teammates on the bench. Everyone mobbed Turner after his big shot. Now Romar is calming everyone down, reminding them there’s still three minutes left. That’s an eternity.
ANOTHER BIG SHOT — Elston Turner drained a three-pointer over Gutierrez that sent the UW fans into a frenzy. The bench is hopping crazy. UW 71-68 at 3:05.
BIG SHOT — Overton drained a three-pointer despite being knocked to the floor that tied the score. UW 66-66 at 4:44.
ALL-TOURNAMENT — Pac-10 officials just passed out the All-Tournament sheet to the writers.
SCORELESS — The last time the Huskies scored it was a the 11:21 mark when Pondexter sank a short jumper. They’ve gone nearly five minutes without a basket. Cal 64-61 at 6:44.
UW DROUGHT — The Huskies have not scored on their last five possessions. Cal continues to get points out of Boykin and Randle and Robertson. Cal 64-61 at 7:48.
CAL LEADS — Randle hit a pair of free throws to put the Bears ahead 62-61 at 9:29.
ANOTHER SWING — Cal is on a 9-2 run and the Bears have cut UW’s lead to 61-60 at 9:52. Boykin is leading the way. He’s a load in the middle and the Huskies are in foul trouble so they can’t be physical with him.
BEARS IN THE BONUS — UW has seven fouls, Cal four. UW 61-57.
BRYAN-AMANING IN FOUL TROUBLE — Bryan-Amaning picked up his fourth foul at 10:37. Gant is in. UW 61-54.
BIG PLAY — Overton blocked Gutierrez layup, which started a fastbreak that resulted in Pondexter’s short jumper. UW 61-52.
HUSKIES RUNNING — It was 50-49 at 14:09 and now it’s 59-51 at 11:47. That’s a 9-2 run.
ANOTHER MOMENTUM SWING — Now momentum is wearing purple. Cal has bad body language and there’s a look of frustration on their faces. On the other side, Thomas is forcing his way to the basket and scoring layup after layup. UW 59-51 at 12:00.
UW DROUGHT — The Huskies have gone scoreless on four straight possessions. Bryan-Amaning missed a hook, Thomas missed a three-pointer, Pondexter clanked on a mid-range shot and Thomas missed on another long-range shot. Meanwhile, Cal has tied the game and Robertson is going to line. UW 46-46 at 15:42.
BRYAN-AMANING AGAIN — Couldn’t write it fast enough. Bryan-Amaning flushed a dunk in traffic and he’s looking like his old self again. UW 46-42.
BRYAN-AMANING SCORES — Bryan-Amaning sank a fastbreak layup despite being fouled. He also sank the free throw. Maybe that will get him going. UW 44-39.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — For the first time in the tournament, the Huskies started strong and played well in the first half. Pondexter has 12 points, Thomas 9 and UW is shooting 56.0 from the field. Defensively the Huskies have held Cal to 37.1 percent shooting, however, Robertson has a game-high 16 points.
Not quite sure what’s happened to Bryan-Amaning. He’s here, but then he’s not here. Boykin has been aggressive against him and maybe that’s bothered Bryan-Amaning. It’s strange because he’s played so well over the past couple of months.
Thomas has also done a nice job on Randle, who is 1 for 6 from the field. And Gutierrez, who gives Cal a lot of hustle points, has been held scoreless.
Great start for Washington, but it will need to do it again in the second half. No team has led by more than four points and this figures to be a close contest until the end.
STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 41-37.
IT PAYS TO BE TALL — 7-3 Max Zhang reached over 6-7 Breshers for a rebound. Zhang also used his reach to get another rebound that most players wouldn’t have gotten. UW 39-37.
BEAR ZONE — Cal switched to a 2-3 zone and Suggs drained a three-pointer. UW 37-33.
GADDY, BRESHERS CONTRIBUTING — We noted earlier how Gaddy scored two early baskets and because of Overton’s foul problems, the freshman guard is getting more minutes. He’s playing well while directing UW’s offense. Breshers is also picking up the slack in the middle. Bryan-Amaning has started slowly and he seems out of it at the moment. UW 34-31 at 3:47.
UW IN THE BONUS — Cal has eight fouls and UW 3. UW 34-31 at 5:01.
PONDEXTER LOOKS GOOD —Pondexter is showing ill effects from the cold. He’s been aggressive offensively and he’s doing a nice job on the defensive end. UW doesn’t have an early answer for Robertson (13 points) and Bryan-Amaning has yet to find his footing offensively. Cal 29-28 at 7:24.
OVERTON HAS TWO — Overton picked up his second foul at 9:34 and he’s out. Gaddy is in. Cal 27-26.
“WE GOT TO BE MEN TONIGHT!” — That’s what coach Lorenzo Romar said to the Huskies during a break. He’s pleading with them to be tough, box out and rebound. The rebounding battle is tied 7-7, however, the Bears have four offensive rebounds. Cal 21-20 at 11:47.
SUBS — Darnell Gant is in for Bryan-Amaning and Venoy Overton replaced Gaddy. Also, Jorge Gutierrez is in for Cal. Cal 16-15 at 13:21.
FAST START — Both teams are playing well offensively. Robertson is able to get his shot off over Holiday and Boykin feels as if he can score over Bryan-Amaning. Gaddy had a nice start and scored a pair of baskets, but he’s out of the game now. UW 15-14 at 13-54.
CHRISTOPHER MAKES A HIGHLIGHT — On a fastbreak, Randle found Christopher for an alley-oop dunk that put Cal ahead 14-12.
MATCHUPS — Gaddy starts on Christopher who took the first shot. Amoki looked as if he scored on a putback dunk, but the ball bounced out of the rim. Randle is defending Gaddy and Christopher has Thomas.
IT’S A BEAR CROWD — Cal fans outnumber UW’s about 2 to 1.
STARTERS — No change for UW: Abdul Gaddy, Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter, Justin Holiday and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
Cal: G Patrick Christopher, G Jerome Randle, F Theo Robertson, F Omondi Amoke and F Jamal Boykin.
ON TV — The game is on CBS. Dick Enberg and Bob Wenzel will call the action.
LOOKING FOR ONLINE OPTIONS — If anyone has a link, pass it along. Thanks.
BUBBLE WATCH — The Huskies received a lot of help today from Duke, Ohio State and Temple, which defeated Miami (Fla), Illinois and Rhode Island respectively. However, Mississippi State upset Vanderbilt and Purdue is losing to Minnesota. Not good for reasons outlined in an earlier post.
CONGRATS RECASNER — Had a great time this morning at the Pac-10 Hall of Honor luncheon. Former Husky Eldgridge Recasner was inducted and there’s a photo of him on my Twitter page. Nice event. I met Andy Russo, Lute Olson and Bill Frieder. Sat with KJR’s Dave Mahler and somehow assistant Paul Fortier got stuck at our table. Coach Lorenzo Romar was also in attendance.
BACK IN BLACK — The Huskies have broken out their black jerseys again. They’re 2-1 in the alternate gear.

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