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March 3, 2011 at 4:48 PM

UCLA game thread

IT’S OVER — UW 70-63.
THIS PLACE IS NUTS — The fans are going crazy. UW 61-53, 1:42.
BIG SHOT — With the shot clock winding down, Wilcox drained a long jumper despite being fouled. The crowd is chanting “C-J, C-J.” Wilcox made the free throw. UW 58-53, 2:38.
HOWLAND OUT OF TIMEOUTS — UCLA has no timouts. UW is on a 7-0 run. UW 56-53, 3:13.
THOMAS FINALLY SCORES — Thomas sank a putback off of his miss for his first points. UW 56-53, 3:13.
ALL THE WAY BACK — Suggs put UW ahead with a mid-range jumper in the paint. UW 54-53.
CAREER HIGH — Wilcox has a career-high 21 points. UCLA 53-52, 4:24.
FOUR ON NELSON — Gant drew a charge on Nelson who has four fouls. Wilcox just drained another big three-pointer. UCLA 50-49, 5:51.
BIG SHOT — Jerime Anderson drained a three-pointer in Overton’s grill with the shot clock winding down. UCLA 45-44, 7:59.
FOUR ON MBA — Bryan-Amaning has four fouls. He’s out. N’Diaye is in. UW 44-40, 9:50.
TECHNICAL — Nelson picked up a techncial foul after slamming the floor with his hands. Wilcox sank both free throws. UW 42-38, 10:38.
MORE FROM WILCOX — The UW sharp shooter was fouled on a three-pointer. He knocked down all three foul shots. UW 40-36, 11:00.
CONSECUTIVE BASKETS — Wilcox drained consecutive baskets. His last one – a three-pointer – blew the roof off the building. Feels like the crowd has been waiting 90 minute to cheer for something. Howlans called an immediate timeout. UW 36-31, 12:57.
THOMAS OUT — Overton is in for Thomas, which seems like a good move if Thomas isn’t going to make any shots. Overton will pick up the pace and draw fouls. UW 29-29, 14:35.
OVERHEARD — Just heard one of the ESPN guys say “This has not been one of the prettiest offensive games for either team.” That’s got to be the understatement of the season. UW 29-29, 15:22.
HOWLAND TIMEOUT — Howland called a timeout after Smith was called for traveling. The Huskies are on a 6-0 run. UW 29-25, 18:11.
SECOND HALF — Jones started for UCLA. Same starters for UW.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — For the second straight game, the Huskies have started slowly offensively. On Sunday, UW scored 17 points before intermission. Tonight it has 24. The Huskies are 21.2 percent (7 of 33) from the field.
This time the poor shooting has nothing to do with Washington taking too many three-pointers. It is 2 for 7 on treys.
I’d imagine Romar is pleased with Washington’s effort on the defensive end. UCLA is 10 of 27 from the field and besides Nelson (10 points), the Huskies have kept everyone else in check.
Bryan-Amaning is having difficulty finishing around the rim again. He’s 2 for 8 for four points. He also has seven rebounds. N’Diaye is also struggling. He’s 1-5 for four points. He has six rebounds.
No one has struggled like Thomas who his 0 for 6.
Overton helped UW immensely. Ross hasn’t been so good. He’s rushing things.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UCLA 25-24.


SPEAKING OF SUGGS — Suggs just ran down Nelson and rejected his layup attempt. Nice block. Thomas drew a foul on Smith and Smith is on the bench. Thomas missed the free throw. UCLA 25-24, 49.6
SUGGS HOT — Suggs is playing well defensively, which is probably why Wilcox has spent a lot time on the bench. UW 24-23, 2:09.
POOR SHOOTING — UW is 7 for 28 (25 percent) from the field.
TIGHT GAME — This game is going back and forth. Gant just drained an important three-pointer. UW 24-23, 4:34.
OVERTON CHECKS OUT — The crowd applauded Overton when he went to the bench. Both teams are in the bonus. UW 21-19, 6:12.
CONFUSED — The Bruins look confused about what they want to do offensively. The refs bailed out Nelson who just sank two free throws. UCLA 19-16.
HOUBREGS HONORED — Washington is honoring former UW standout Bob Houbregs. Great ovation for old No. 25. Even the Huskies are clapping.
GETTING HEATED — Overton’s defense has injected a little life into the crowd and into this game. Overton has waging a duel with Anderson. He’s also causing havoc on the defensive end. UW 15-15, 8:51.
NICE OVATION — The UW fans gave a nice round of applause when Suggs checked in. UW 14-13, 9:43.
DENIED — Gant rejected Nelson’s layup, which started a UW fastbreak. Overton finished the sequence with a layup. UW 12-10, 10:35.
BAD POSSESSION — When Ross shoots fadeaway three-pointers early in the shot clock, Husky fans much cringe. That’s exactly what Romar was talking about this week. UW has to recognize what is and what is not a good shot.
UCLA TIMEOUT — Bruins coach Ben Howland called timeout after N’Diaye scored on a layup. It looked as if N’Diaye pushed Smith out of the way to create space. UW 10-8, 12:21.
UNUSUAL LINEUP — Holiday and N’Diaye are on the floor with Gant, Venoy Overton and Terrence Ross. UW 8-8, 13:03.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — Decent start for the Huskies who have had trouble all season with slow starts. They’re getting good looks offensively and they seem to have a handle on what the Bruins want to do on the defensive end. Smith is going to be difficult to stop. If he gets it down low, UCLA will get a good shot. The Huskies have to pressure the passers. UW is also applying full court pressure and a trap in the back court every so often. UW 8-8, 15:17.
THE BIG MEN COMETH — Smith checks in for UCLA and Romar went to N’Diaye. Smith immediately scored the first time he touched the ball. UCLA 8-4, 16:33.
HIGHLIGHT — Thomas missed a three, Bryan-Amaning clanked the putback but Holiday kept the ball alive and Thomas connected with Bryan-Amaning for an alley-oop dunk. UW 4-4, 17:55.
FIRST SUB — Darnell Gant is in for N’Diaye. UW 2-2, 19:09.
MATCHUPS — Lee is on Thomas. Jones has Holiday.
OMINOUS START — UW won the tip, but Holiday threw the ball away. UCLA 2-0, 19:32.
MOHAWK MANIA — At least four UCLA players are sporting mohawks.
NICE CROWD — Despite the early start, it’s a full house at Hec Ed.
FIST BUMPS — Before every game, Bryan-Amaning greets the officials with a fist bump. He’s the only player on either team – and the only player this season – that I’ve seen do that.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Aziz N’Diaye, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday, Wilcox and Thomas.
UCLA: F Reeves Nelson, F Tyler Honeycutt, C. Anthony Stover, G Malcolm Lee and G Lazeric Jones.
STEWART IN THE HOUSE? — Looks like incoming freshman Hikeem Stewart is sitting behind the UW bench.
NICE ANTHEM — Not sure of their name, but a trio of young ladies just belted a nice rendition of the national anthem. It had to be the best anthem this year.
ONLINE VIEWING — Thanks to BlackDali, here’s a link to the game online: http://www.directon.tv/channels/3983.
WHAT’S WITH THE TAPE? — In case you noticed the tape on Isaiah Thomas’ left shooting hand, it’s not a fashion statement. The UW guard cut his thumb, but I’m told it’s nothing serious.
DAWG PACK CHANTS — The UW student section is getting on UCLA’s Joshua Smith and Reeves Nelson as they practice free throws.
HIGHLIGHT WATCHING — Several Huskies are sitting on the bench staring up at the jumbotron watching highlights from this season. Isaiah Thomas is working on his free throw shooting.
BIG GAME FROM WROTEN — Incoming freshman Tony Wroten Jr. led Garfield to a 90-80 win in the state 4A quarterfinals. He finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and six blocked shots.
SUGGS UPDATE — Scott Suggs, who missed the past three games due to a strained left MCL, is on the court taking shots. He’s wearing a black knee brace, but looks like he’ll be available to play tonight. Coach Lorenzo Romar said C.J. Wilcox will start tonight.
ON TV — You can catch tonight’s game on ESPN2. Dave Fleming is providing play by play and Sean Farnham and Miles Simon are the analysts.

Comments | Topics: C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs, top 25

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