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November 13, 2010 at 12:45 PM

McNeese State game thread

STOP BACK LATER — We’ll have notes, quotes and observations in a few hours.
IT’S OVER — 118-64.
ALMOST DONE — Walk-on Brendan Sherer is at the scorer’s table. He’s checking in for N’Diaye. UW 111-54, 2:51.
WHERE’S SIMMONS? — It looks as if freshman Desmond Simmons is either hurt or he’s going to redshirt. He hasn’t played and it doesn’t look as if he’s going to play. UW 100-47, 6:14.
OVERTON SCORES — He was 0 for 6 before converting a scoop layup. UW 92-45, 8:45.
N’DIAYE’S TRIPLE DOUBLE — The 7-footer has 12 points, 13 rebounds and 11 missed free throws. Okay, that’s a little mean. But he’s played a heckuva game. What a debut. Now if he can just do something about those FTs. UW 70-39, 11:59.
NICE MOVE — N’Diaye made a nice move when he caught a pass in traffic beneath the rim, avoided knocking over a defender, stopped short of traveling, gathered himself and sank a soft layup. It was his best move of the day. UW 77-37, 12:34.
SLOWING DOWN — Not the Huskies, just me. I’m going to start writing the game story. If anything pertinent changes, I’ll update, but we know who’s going to win. There’s little suspense at this point. Bryan-Amaning has a double double (16 points, 11 rebounds). N’Diaye is also nearing a double double. He has 11 rebounds and eight points. Thomas is the only other Husky in double digit scoring at this point. He has 15. UW 68-33, 15:55.
HOCKEY SHIFT — UW brings in Overton, Suggs and N’Diaye. UW 66-31.
ALAWOYA FOULS OUT — McNeese loses Alawoya who fouled out. UW 64-26, 17:55.
COWBOYS IN A ZONE — McNeese switched to a zone and it forced a turnover when Gaddy made a bad pass. UW 63-26, 18:48.
QUICK TIMEOUT — Kapelan hit two three-pointers to start the second half. The first was over Gaddy and the second one was against Holiday. Romar called a quick timeout. He’s fuming. He’s barking at the Huskies on the sideline. UW 63-25, 19:12.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — We’re going to have to check the record books because I’m guessing UW is going to threaten a lot of previous records. The Huskies have a 42-point lead. Their most lopsided victory is 67 points against Morgan State (118-51) in 2005. Not sure if things will get that crazy, but maybe. Why not? Anything is possible. If Romar keeps the heat up, I don’t see the Cowboys scoring 20 points in the second half. And MSU has proven it can’t stop UW. There wasn’t many reasons to criticize the Huskies. N’Diaye missed six of eight FTs, Overton missed five FGs and Gaddy has forced a few shots. Otherwise, it was a perfect half of basketball. The defense was relentless and suffocating. Nearly everyone has contributed and big and small ways. Thomas has drained all four treys for a game-high 15 points and Bryan-Amaning (13 points and nine rebounds) is nearing a double double. N’Diaye has 10 rebounds and Suggs has knocked down two treys. Holiday and Gant have combined for 2 of 9 shots, but it hardly matters because they’ve played marvelous defense.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 61-19.


COWBOYS SHOWING SIGNS OF LIFE — McNeese scored back-to-back field goals for the first time. UW 57-19, 1:32.
WOW — No other words sums up this performance. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Huskies dominate a team like they are. I don’t think this can continue. It’s just so hard to be so dialed in and so focused for 40 minutes. The tendency is to let up and relax just a bit. It’s natural. We’ll see how the Huskies maintain their poise. UW 55-13, 3:42.
N’DIAYE CLEANING THE GLASS — N’Diaye has nine rebounds. UW 53-9, 4:44.
NICE BLOCK — N’Diaye swatted P.Richard on a layup attempt to start a fast break. Gaddy missed layup, but N’Diaye scored on the putback. UW 49-9, 5:57
IT’S A FIELD GOAL — P.Richards scored an acrobatic layup, giving McNeese its first field goal since the opening minute. UW 44-9, 7:17
“THIS IS MY HOUSE” — Thomas is taking over. He knocked down three straight three-pointers before ripping the ball away from Kapelan, leading a fast break and connecting with Gant for a layup. It’s a dominating effort. Amazing. Thomas screamed to no one in particular: “This is my house.” UW 44-7, 7:56.
NO FIGHT IN THE COWBOYS — McNeese looks scared. The Huskies are talking, clapping, shouting and showing a lot of swagger while the Cowboys are not responding to the challenge. It’s almost sad to see. UW 38-7, 8:32.
TOO B AD THERE’S NO TV — Bryan-Amaning stole a pass in the middle of the court, raced to the rim and flushed a windmill dunk. UW 30-6, 9:41.
EARLY BLOWOUT — I figured this game would be a blowout, but this is amazing. The Huskies are in total control and it’s because of their defense. McNeese is 1 for 10 from the field and it has committed eight turnovers.
ROSS ISN’T SHY — The first time the freshman touched the ball, he sent up a three-pointer that splashed through the net. UW 26-6, 11:21.
ROSS CHECKS IN — Freshman Terrence Ross replaces Suggs. UW 23-6, 12:41.
STELLAR DEFENSE — The Cowboys haven’t scored a field goal since the opening minutes. UW 21-6, 12:47.
AND THERE’S ANOTHER ONE — N’Diaye picked up another foul. UW 17-6, 13:47.
N’DIAYE CHECKS IN — Aziz N’Diaye replaced Bryan-Amaning. He picked up a foul in five seconds. UW 17-4, 14:21.
COWBOYS GO ZONE … — … and Suggs hit a three-pointer. UW 17-4, 15:01.
EARLY IMPACT — On his first offensive possession, Overton settled down the Huskies and found Suggs in the corner for a three-pointer. On his first defensive possession, Overton forced a turnover. I’d say he’s healed just nicely after missing about six weeks with a hamstring injury. UW 12-4, 15:47.
FIRST SUBS — Scott Suggs replaced Holiday and Overton replaced Gaddy. The crowd gave Overton a big ovation. UW 9-4, 16:26.
HUSKIES RUN — UW has hit 9 straight points. UW 9-3, 16:35.
COWBOYS STRIKE FIRST — P.Richard hit a trey. McNeese 3-0.
NICE HAIRCUT — The mohawk belongs to Alawoya.
BIRTHDAY SERENADE — The Dawg Pack greeted Romar with a “Happy Birthday” chant as he walked on the floor.
STARTING LINEUPS — Thomas, Holiday, Gaddy, Bryan-Amaning and Gant.
McNeese State
G – C.J. Collins
G – Diego Kapelan
F – Patrick Richard
F – P.J. Alawoya
F – Daniel Richard
WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE — Check out UW analyst Jason Hamilton and his new look. He shaved his head and grew a mustache and goatee. He looks sinister, but it’s a good look.
GANT GETS THE START — Just found out, junior Darnell Gant will start today instead of Scott Suggs, who started last week’s exhibition.
NO TV TODAY — You can find the game on the radio, KJR 950-AM.
MEETING IN THE MIDDLE — UW’s co-captains Isaiah Thomas, Justin Holiday, senior Matthew Bryan-Amaning and JC transfer Aziz N’Diaye met with the officials and a pair of McNeese players at half court.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS — McNeese State passes the sight test. The Cowboys have several long, tall and lean players. One guy (they’re wearing warm-ups) has a mohawk and that’s always a cool thing.
PRE-GAME CHANGE-UP — The Huskies altered their pre-game routine. Assistants Paul Fortier and Jim Shaw were on the floor instructing the players through drills. It’s a new wrinkle. Not sure if they’ll do it all season or if it’s something coach Lorenzo Romar wanted to do for the first game.

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