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January 16, 2011 at 5:40 PM

California game thread

IT’S OVER — UW 92-71.
WALK-ONS ARE IN — Brendan Sherrer and Antoine Hosley are in the game. UW 90-69, 2:00.
SLOWING DOWN — UW 87-65, 3:23.
N’DIAYE FOULS OUT — N’Diaye sits down with five fouls. He’s replaced by Gant. UW 77-62, 8:24.
FIRMLY IN CONTROL — Cal is grasping at anything now. The Bears can’t stop Washington. They still have no answer for Thomas who has 23 points and 11 assists. Cal tried Gutierrez, but he hasn’t slowed Thomas. UW 72-53, 11:27.
THOMAS HAS 11 — Thomas connected with Holiday for a three-pointer and his 11th assist. UW 67-48, 12:56.
NICE PLAY — Thomas gave a little wink and a smile the the Cal crowd after draining a difficult layup despite being fouled.
THE LAST TIME — A Husky had 10 or more assists it was 2006. Justin Dentom did it. He had 11. UW 59-43, 15:48.
THOMAS NEEDS ONE MORE ASSIST — Thomas needs an assist to get to 10. UW 59-39, 16:37.
ENTERING BLOWOUT TERRITORY — It’s early, but a few more points and we’re going to have a rout on our hands. Maybe we’re already there. UW 55-35, 18:02.
IS IT ME OR — Does Holiday always hit a three-pointer early in the second half. He connected on two treys from Thomas. UW 54-35, 18:43.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Thomas came out aggressive early and he’s put the Huskies on his back. In 17 minutes, he has 18 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field and 5-for-5 shooting on free throws. Thomas also has six assists and he’s on pace to get his first double double. Thomas is feeling very confident against Smith and Cal’s zone. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Montgomery switch to a man-to-man defense and put Gutierrez on Thomas. Thomas’ 18 points is the most in the first half by a Husky this season.
Bryan-Amaning is UW’s other star. He has 11 points and six rebounds.
Washington is shooting 53.1 percent from the field, which shows it’s not having any problems with Cal’s zone. The Huskies have also knocked down 7 of 14 three-pointers.
Looks like coach Lorenzo Romar is shortening the rotation. He’s leaned heavily on his starters. Wilcox was pulled after UW got a 5-second violation. He’s played just one minute and Overton has played just five minutes. Ross has been slowed after collecting two quick fouls. Gant is the only reserve who has played at least 10 minutes.
Cal has three non-scorers (Smith, Gutierrez and Sanders-Frison) in the starting lineup. Kamp has nice moves in the post and he has 12 points. Crabbe is starting to slow down after a hot start. He has 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting.
The only way the Huskies lose this game is if they go on a major cold streak offensively. Not sure if Cal has enough offense to stage a comback and the Bears will have to do it with defense. Washington has five turnovers. Just one from Thomas.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 48-33.


UW GOES ZONE — The Huskies unveil the zone and force a bad shot from freshman Emerson Murray. On the ensuing possession, Thomas lost the ball and Kamp flushed a two-hand dunk. Uw 40-30, 2:00.
IF CRABBE DOESN’T SCORE… — Then Cal is in trouble. That’s why it’s essential for Holiday to slow down the freshman. Without him, the Bears are forced to rely on Kamp and even though he can hit a shot or two, he’s not a scorer. Neither is Sanders-Frison and Gutierrez. Crabbe is the key to shutting down Cal’s offense. He looks to shoot. The other guys don’t. Or at least, they’re not nearly as effective. Overton has sat for long minutes. UW 36-26, 3:36.
9-0 RUN — Washington has scored nine unanswered points and the Huskies are on an 11-2 run since they led 23-22. Holiday’s dunk started the spurt and Gant just drained a three-pointer. UW 36-24, 4:34.
THAT’S HOW YOU BEAT A ZONE — Holiday flushed an alley-oop dunk from Thomas. Thomas also hit a three-pointer from the top of the key. UW 28-24, 6:33.
GOOD GAME — Thomas (8 points), Bryan-Amaning (6) and Holiday (5) are the early stars for UW. Crabbe has a game-high 10 points. If Holiday can’t slow him down, the Huskies have to find somebody who can. UW 23-20, 7:53.
DID I MENTION THE CROWD? — Good crowd here at Haas Pavilion. It’s a hot house. The stands are nearly on top of the arena. Definitely not capacity, but still a loud crowd. UW 23-20, 8:54.
HOLIDAY ENDS DROUGHT — The Huskies failed to score on five possessions before Holiday drained a three-pointer. UW 22-18, 9:53.
UW PICKS UP THE DEFENSE — Looks like the Huskies have figured out pretty early that it can pressure Cal’s guards once they cross midcourt and disrupt the Bears from getting into their offense. Overton is making things tough for Smith. Cal has three turnovers. Washington none. UW 19-14, 11:58.
CAL GOES ZONE — The Bears have switched to a 2-3 zone. Thomas is still able to penetrate and get to the middle. Darnell Gant is in for Holiday. UW 19-14, 12:46.
FIRST SUBS — Overton and Terrence Ross check in for Suggs and N’Diaye. UW 19-11, 13:24.
KAMP PRESENTING PROBLEMS — Kamp looks like a tough cover because he can hit mid-range jumpers and he’s effective dribbling as well.
THOMAS TAKING OVER EARLY — UW started slowing missing on its first three possessions, but Thomas knows he can get any shot he wants over Smith. He’s beating the sophomore on dribble drives and he’s confident he can shoot over the 5-11 guard. Thomas has 8 points on 3-for-4 shooting. UW 15-11, 15:09.
HOLIDAY GETTING BURNED — Crabbbe is taking Holiday to school. He’s 3 for 3. UW 10-7, 16:01.
MINI-RUN — Suggs drained a three-pointer to tie the score. UW 5-5, 16:58.
MATCHUPS — Holiday is on Crabbe, but he’s surrendered a mid-range jumper and a three-pointer. Thomas has Smith, Suggs is on Gutierrez, N’Diaye has Sanders-Frison and Bryan-Amaning has Kamp. Cal 5-0, 17:49.
THE SUGGS EFFECT — With Suggs on the court, we’ll see what Montgomery does with 6-foot-4 Gutierrez. If he puts him on Thomas, that leaves 5-11 Smith on Suggs.
FIFTH STARTING LINEUP —- Washington has had four previous starting lineups this season.
MONTGOMERY HONORED — Montgomery was given a ceremonial game ball for reaching 600 wins last week. Former Arizona coach Lute Olson gave a video tribute that is on the big screen.
NEW STARTER — A UW spokesman announced Scott Suggs will make his first career start in place of Overton.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Venoy Overton, Isaiah Thomas, Aziz N’Diaye, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Justin Holiday
Cal: G Jorge Gutierrez, G Brandon Smith, G Allen Crabbe, F Markhuri Sanders-Frison and F Harper Kamp.
WROTEN NOTE — UW signee Tony Wroten was one of 10 players selected by USA Basketball to play in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit on April 9 in Portland.
HUSKIES ON THE COURT — Twelve Huskies are on the court. No one had to fly home and everyone is present and accounted for.
MORE ON KENT — Kent is also scheduled to work UW games at Edmundson Pavilion this season. That should be interesting. Be nice Dawg Pack.
GADDY UPDATE — Sophomore guard Abdul Gaddy underwent successful surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at UW Medical Center on Friday.
KENT SIGHTING — The Huskies are back on TV at 7 p.m. tonight and you’ll never guess who is providing color commentary for the FSN broadcast: former Oregon coach Ernie Kent. Barry Tompkins is the play-by-play announcer.

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