IT’S OVER — UW 80-52.
SHERRER SCORES — The loudest cheers of the night came when Sherrer sank a layup off of a nice feed from Overton. UW 74-44. 3:03.
SHERRER TIME — Brendan Sherrer checks in. UW 72-43, 3:47.
SLOWING DOWN — The outcome was decided long ago. There’s not much suspense in this game anymore. For some reason, Thomas and Gaddy are still in. Looks like they’re about to check out. Got to slow down and write the game story. UW 69-39, 5:06.
TIRED BODIES — Everyone looks gassed. Good timeout. Four players are ready to check in for Washington. The Huskies are firmly in control. UW 57-37, 10:36.
USF TIMEOUT — Walters took a timeout after Gaddy drove the lane and flushed a dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. It’s all Washington right now. Everything is going the Huskies way. UW 51-24.
THOMAS IS FEELING IT — The little guy has the hot hand right now. He’s taking every open shot. On the other end, N’Diaye has two highlight blocks. UW 49-24, 16:18.
HERE WE GO — Thomas connected on a pair of three-pointers. UW 45-24, 17:53.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.
SANTA IS IN THE HOUSE — Santa Claus is throwing goodies to fans in the stands.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Williams has 13 of USF’s 23 points. Stop him or slow him down and this game turns into a laugher in the second half. As it is, the Huskies have forced the Dons into this weird offense in which they isolate a guard who dribbles into the lane and throws it back out for a three-pointer. Sometimes it works, but Washington has forced nine turnovers and it has scored 12 points off of turnovers. USF doesn’t have a point guard and the absence of a true ball handler is hurting the Dons.
Meanwhile Washington isn’t shooting well (17 of 40), but it has 22 rebounds and 11 on the offensive glass. USF has just 13 rebounds. N’Diaye played his best half since Maui. He has nine points, including at least two dunks. Holiday and Gaddy did a nice job finding him in the paint for buckets. Speaking of Gaddy, he and Thomas have four assists. Gaddy has missed all three treys he’s taken, but he has six points.
Suggs came off the bench firing. He has eight points and has sank all three of his shots. Gant is the only Husky who hasn’t scored. This is a good bounce-back game for Washington. The Huskies are 2-14 on three-pointers, but everything else is working perfectly.
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HALFTIME — UW 39-23.
WALTERS DITCHES THE JACKET — USF coach Rex Walters is getting hot now. He’s ditched his jacket and he’s all over the refs for the foul disparity. USF has 9 fouls, UW 1. Nice play by Ross on a dunk. UW 38-20, 2:04.
FOUR CORNERS — USF is trying to slow down the game. The Dons are isolating a guard at the top of the key who dribbles for awhile, surveys the court and waits until the clock winds down. Then they initiate the offense. It worked for a Williams three-pointer on one possession, but on the lat three trips it’s produced a turnover and two wild shots. The Huskies have capitalized and converted layups at the other end. UW 34-20.
HIGHLIGHT — Thomas collected a loose ball, sprinted down court, wrapped the ball around his waist before throwing a lob to Gaddy who scored on a layup. UW 28-17, 6:05.
STILL NO UW FOUL — Washington hasn’t picked up a foul yet. We think that’s some type of a record here on press row. At least, it’s the longest they’ve gone at the start of a game this season without collecting a foul. USF has three fouls. UW 22-15, 7:26.
USF TIMEOUT — The Dons are outclassed. That’s obvious. They don’t have the talent to compete possession for possession with the Huskies. Still, USF has some talent. Particularly Blackwell and Williams. The pace is all Washington. UW 22-15, 8:02.
SUGGS ANNOUNCES HIS PRESENCE — Suggs checked in and quickly sank two three-pointers. UW 18-11.
FIRST FOUL — We went almost nine minutes before the first foul was called. These are Pac-10 refs, which is a surprise. The Huskies need to keep a body or two on Williams. He’s capable of doing damage anywhere on the floor. Washington had a hand in his face on two three-pointers and it didn’t matter. The kid is a shooter. UW 12-11, 11:39.
MORE SUBS — Gant checks in. Holiday and Gaddy are back in. UW 12-7, 13:03.
TRAP — The Huskies trapped with Bryan-Amaning, which nearly caused a 10-second backcourt violation and forced USF to call a timeout. UW 8-4, 15:00.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — C.J. Wilcox and Venoy Overton are ready to check in. Holiday and Gaddy subbed out. It’s a good start for the Huskies. They’ve missed 3 of 10 shots, but they’ve controlled the glass. It’s obvious USF doesn’t have a true ball handler and that’s going to hurt the Dons. UW 6-4, 15:26.
EARLY REBOUNDING LEAD — UW is up 5-3 in rebounds. UW 4-4, 16-19.
BIG LINEUP SHOWS UP EARLY — Thomas missed a three-pointer, however, UW grabbed the rebound and Holiday found N’Diaye for a layup. UW 2-2, 19:01.
OK CROWD — Folks on press row think the crowd is dead because the finals ended yesterday and most of the students are gone, but I think it’s okay. Not great. Late arriving. But still okay. We’ll see if things pick up. The Dawg Pack, which has been getting hammered for being lifeless this season, is full and lively.
USF STARTERS — F – Perris Blackwell
F – Angelo Caloiaro
C – Justin Raffington
G – Cody Doolin
G – Michael Williams
BIG LINEUP — Looking forward to getting a long look at the big lineup. Romar wanted to address the rebounding and apparently he believes Gant isn’t cleaning the glass like he should. The Bryan-Amaning-N’Diaye pairing produced mixed results at the Maui Invitational. Often Bryan-Amaning was doubled in the post and N’Diaye didn’t respond. Not sure if that will be a problem against USF’s 1-3-1 zone.
BRYAN-AMANING STARTING — Matthew Bryan-Amaning is starting in place of Darnell Gant. Wow. Everyone else is the same: Isaiah Thomas, Abdul Gaddy, Justin Holiday and Aziz N’Diaye.
WINNERS CLAIMING PRIZES — Just met Ballboy and golfpunk who stopped by press row to claim their prize. It’s really cool meeting readers and Huskies fans. Ballboy thinks UW will win 103-67 tonight and golfpunk has UW winning 99-75.
TONIGHT’S REFS — Bobby McRoy, Deron White and Don McAllister. White did UW’s game against Eastern Washington.
SAME STARTERS? — Coach Lorenzo Romar said he might change the starting lineup to solve UW’s rebounding problems, but I’m hearing the starters will remain the same.
PAC-10 ROUNDOWN — We noted in a previous post Stanford got drilled at Butler. The Cardinal lost 83-50, which was easily its worst defeat of the season. California pulled out a 51-41 win against Cal Poly and former Seattle University coach Joe Callero. Finally, Oregon State was trailing George Washington midway in the second half.
ON TV — FSN is carrying the game with Tom Glasglow on the play by play, Francis Williams providing analysis and Jen Mueller on the sidelines.
BIG WIN FOR THE PAC-10 — UCLA beat No. 16 Brigham Young 86-79. The league is 3-12 against top 25 teams this season.