IT’S OVER — UW 109-77.
SHERRER TIME — Sherrer is in. UW 103-68, 4:44.
LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY — Montgomery has pulled his starters. It’s mop-up duty for Cal’s reserves. The Golden Bears play in two nights in Pullman and it looks as if Montgomery is hoping to salvage a split this weekend. It’s just a matter of time until we see Brendan Sherrer. UW 97-63, 6:57.
A LITTLE SLOPPY — Romar called a quick timeout to settle down the Huskies after a pair of bad plays. UW 73-44.
REFS ARE LOSING CONTROL — N’Diaye was given a technical foul for slapping the ball after a foul on Sanders-Frison. For a 30-point blowout, this game sure is testy. UW 73-43, 14:54.
MORE BAD CALLS — Just phantom fouls all over the place. It’s ridiculous. UW 71-41, 15:26.
IT’S 30 — Thomas staked the Huskies to a 30-point lead with a three-pointer. UW 69-39, 16:50.
IT’S A BLOCK PARTY — Bryan-Amaning swatted a shot and Holiday did it again. Nice start for the Huskies. Thomas drained a three-pointer despite being fouled. He sank the ensuing free throw. Uw 66-39, 17:52.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for UW. Emerson Murray replaces Crabbe for Cal.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Well that just happened. The Huskies dominated the first half on both ends of the floor. Cal converted half of its field goals, but the Golden Bears were overran and dominated by a smother defense early in the first half that created fast break points. When Washington plays like this, it looks like a Final Four contender.
Trouble is, the Huskies haven’t played like this in the last two weeks. But everything is working tonight. Thomas has 11 points, Bryan-Amaning 10 and Holiday eight. And it’s not just the Big Three whose hurting Cal. Suggs and N’Diaye has each added six points.
If not for Gutierrez (12 points) this game would really be embarrassing for Cal. Still it looks as if he’s hit the wall and Kamp (seven points) and Sanders-Frison (six) has tried to carry the scoring load. Holiday has done a great job on Crabbe who has two points on 1-for-1 shooting.
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HALFTIME — UW 58-34.
PAC-10 REFS — Bad call from the refs on Overton who was called for a foul on a hard dribble drive. UW 56-32, 1:02.
MILLOY’S HOUSE — Former UW standout Lawyer Milloy was pictured on the big screen.
CAN THEY KEEP THIS UP? — After a fast start like this you have to wonder if the Huskies can maintain their concentration and intensity for a full 40 minutes. Suggs and Thomas just drained three-pointers. UW 53-28, 2:38.
NICE PASS — Thomas connected with Ross on a laser pass that whipped past N’Diaye and connected with the freshman along the baseline. He finished the play with a pretty layup. UW 44-18, 6:12.
BONUS TIME — Cal is in the bonus, which could make things interesting. UW 40-18.
CLUELESS — Bad body language from the Golden Bears. They looked shell shocked. The reserves have a puzzled look. Gutierrez looks like he wants to punch someone. He’s clearly upset. The others are just emotionless. UW 40-17, 7:28.
EARLY BLOWOUT — The Huskies are up 40-17. Ross just drained a three-pointer.
THAT HURT — Kamp took a knee to his head from N’Diaye. He’s down and staggering off the court. UW 34-17, 8:48.
HIGHLIGHT — Holiday blew past Crabbe and dunked on Richard Solomon. UW 32-17.
SHARING IS CARING — The Huskies have 10 assists. On the last play, Gant connected with N’Diaye for a layup. Not sure I’ve wrote that before. UW 30-17, 10:33.
DOUBLED UP — UW 28-14, 11:33.
ALL SMILES — Coach Lorenzo Romar shared a smile with Thomas after C.J. Wilcox drained a three-pointer. Not sure what they said to each other. Maybe they didn’t say anything. But they both seemed to give that smile as if they shared a secret joke. The Huskies are rolling. Everything is working now. Gant drained a mid-range jumper. Bryan-Amaning is scoring on putbacks. The Huskies are blocking shots and while Cal has 14 points, the Bears are having a difficult time scoring. UW 26-14, 11:57.
WHERE HAS THIS TEAM BEEN? — The Huskies have returned to their old ways. They forced a bad shot from Kamp, which landed in Venoy Overton’s hands. He led a fast break and connected with Thomas for a three-pointer. Wow. Cal coach Mike Montgomery called a quick timeout to settle things down. UW 21-8, 13:30.
SUBS — Terrence Ross checked in earlier and Darnell Gant just replaced N’Diaye. Thomas connected on a three-pointer. Everything is clicking for the Huskies. UW 16-8, 14:30.
ONE-MAN GANG — Gutierrez has scored all of Cal’s points. He’s being very aggressive offensively. He’s running Suggs off of screens, catching the ball at the elbow, driving into the paint and pulling up for mid-range jumpers. On the on other end, the Huskies have really done a nice job offensively. Aside from three turnovers, they’ve made it their mission to probe the zone with passes and hard cuts from the wings. UW 11-6, 15:39.
GOOD START — The Huskies are getting the ball inside and they’re being patient offensively. N’Diaye has four points as does Bryan-Amaning. UW 8-6, 16:14.
CAL STARTS IN A ZONE — Sure enough the Huskies see a 2-3 zone on the first possession. N’Diaye gets a shot and misses.
BIG WINNER — Just met wilkdawg who stopped by to pick up his prize.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Thomas, N’Diaye, Bryan-Amaning, Suggs and Holiday.
Cal: F Harper Kamp, C Markhuri Sanders-Frison, G Brandon Smith, G Jorge Gutierrez and G Allen Crabbe.
LATE-ARRIVING CROWD — We’re about 20 minutes away from tip off and other than the Dawg Pack, there’s just a few folks here. Blame it on the 6 p.m. start.
SIMMONS WORKS WITH THE BIG MEN — Freshman Desmond Simmons, who is redshihrting this season, is working with the big guys. Recently in practice, the coaches have worked with him on ball handling drills. One day coach Lorenzo Romar worked with Simmons on a drill in which he had to dribble two balls with both hands and do a series of cuts, behind-the-back dribbles and cross-over dribbles.
ON TV — FSN has the call. Tom Glasglow is doing the play by play and Lenny Wilkens has the color commentary and Jen Mueller is on the sidelines.
FIRST ON THE FLOOR — Like clockwork, freshman Terrence Ross is the first player on the court taking free throws. C.J. Wilcox and Scott Suggs were next followed by Isaiah Thomas and Darnell Gant.
EARLY START — Made it to Hec Ed. If you’re reading this and plan on coming to the game, I’d leave earlier than normal. The 6 p.m. start is troublesome with traffic around Montlake. Construction is still ongoing in front of Husky Stadium and that tends to slow things down as well.