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March 5, 2011 at 6:11 PM

USC game thread

IT’S OVER — USC 62-60.
DANGER TIME — The Trojans are gassed. So is Bryan-Amaning. He’s got his hands on his hips. Fontan is going to the line. USC 56-50, 1:19.
FOUL TROUBLE — Simmons and Fontan each have four fouls. They’re on the bench. Bryan-Amaning just flushed a powerful dunk. USC 55-50, 3:32.
DOWN FIVE — Overton connected on a pair of free throws. USC 53-48, 5:15.
DOWN SIX — The rally continues. UW is extending its defense and its driving the USC ball handlers crazy. They can’t get into their offense. When Vucevic gets the ball inside he’s either scoring or he’s going to the line. USC 49-43, 7:54.
UW TIMEOUT — Feels like an important time in the game. The Huskies did well to cut the deficit to single digits. Now they have to sustain the momentum. It takes a lot of energy to make a comeback though. USC 49-41, 9:26.
MAD SCRAMBLE — It seemed as if five players on both teams hit the floor trying to recover a loose ball. Bryan-Amaning took a nose dive as did Overton. At least two USC players lost skin diving on the floor. Finally the Trojans tossed the ball away and the crowd exploded. That play could be significant if UW comes all the way back and wins this game. USC 45-37, 11:53.
USC TIMEOUT — O’Neill called a timeout after Suggs drained a three-pointer. This place is crazy now. UW on a 9-3 run. USC 45-37, 12:13.
GETTING HEATED — Thomas was called for a foul and he’s jawing at an official. The crowd is in it now. Fontan just drained a three-pointer and he held his hand cocked for effect. USC 45-34, 12:27.
DROUGHT OVER — Bryan-Amaning sank a layup despite being fouled, which snapped a long drought. USC 42-31.
THREE ON SIMMONS — Simmons picked up his third foul. He’s out and Jones is in. USC 40-28, 15:10.
PRESS THEN ZONE — UW is pressing and then falling back into a 2-3 zone. We’ll see if this tactic works. The Trojans are taking the air out of the ball. They’re standing around and dribbling and waiting until there’s about 15 seconds before starting the offense. USC 36-28, 17:54.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for USC. Wilcox replaces Overton for UW.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — What happened to the offense that used to score 100 points almost every time the Huskies played at home? For the third straight game, the Huskies are having great difficulty producing points.
They’ve connected on 12 of 27, which isn’t so bad. That’s a 44 percent shooting clip. But they’re also 1 for 6 (16.7 percent) on three-pointers. That’s not going to get it done.
Perhaps even more troublesome, the Huskies have taken just three free throws and made one. USC is gone to the line six times and connected on all six.
Washington is being pounded on the glass 36-26.
If not for Suggs, who has nine points, this game would be a USC blowout. Holiday’s shot is off. He’s 0 for 4. Bryan-Amaning is 2 for 5 for four points and Overton has five points. He’s also kept the Huskies in the game. Thomas has six points.
Vucevic leads all scorers with 13, but it’s been Fontan who has given the Huskies fits with dribble drives. He has nine points and three assists.
The Huskies can win this game. USC plays a seven-man rotation and we’ll see if they it has enough to stave off a UW run.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.

AND SPEAKING OF ROSS — He’s the only scholarship player who has not played for UW. USC 34-24, 1:18.
POST-UP GAME — Suggs posted up 5-7 Jones for a layup. UW has to do more of that. In the first game, Terrence Ross killed the Trojans with postups. USC 32-22, 2:28.
FIRST-HALF ENTERTAINMENT — Some hip-hop dude took the court during a break and thrilled the crowd when he slid on his head.
HOLIDAY LIMPING — Holiday turned his ankle again. He’s been dong that with regularity lately. USC 32-20, 3:38.
MATCHUPS — UW is going small. Holiday is at power forward. He’s defending Vucevic. or Stepheson and is giving up 75 pounds. Despite the difference, Holiday blocked Vucevic’s mid-range jumper. USC 30-20, 4:06.
SUGGS LIMPING — Suggs forced a held ball and during the tussle on the floor it appears as if someone fell on his knee. He’s limping slightly. USC 28-17, 6:49.
GOING ZONE — UW can’t stop the dribble penetration, which is why Lorenzo Romar has shifted to a 2-3 zone. Smith settled for a three-pointer that missed and Overton scored on a fastbreak layup. USC 28-17, 8:00.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — These slow starts are difficult to explain. That’s three straight games now for the Huskies. UW is 5 of 12 from the fie.d USC 24-11, 22:04.
OVERTON TO THE RESCUE — Overton’s speed has added a little life to the UW offense. He scored on a layup and got fouled on another layup attempt. USC 19-11, 11:58.
MORE SUBS — Darnell Gant and Scott Suggs are in for N’Diaye and Holiday. Holiday looked as if he was poked in the eye.
ANOTHER SLOW START — UW 17-8, 13:06.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — Fontan is killing the Huskies on dribble drives. He blew past Wilcox, N’Diaye came to help out and Fontan dished to Stepheson for a dunk. It’s the second time that’s happened. Offensively, UW is settling for mid-range jumpers. The Huskies are having a difficult time getting to the rim. USC 13-6, 14:32.
FIRST SUB — C.J. Wilcox is in for Overton and he sank a long jumper the first time he touched the ball. USC 9-6, 15:26.
ANIMATED — USC coach Kevin O’Neill is screaming like a banshee. He’s all over the place. USC 9-4, 16:12.
MATCHUPS — Simmons has Thomas defensively. USC 2-0, 19:14.
STARTING LINEUP — Slight change for UW: Overton is starting. The rest is the same. Aziz N’Diaye, Thomas, Holiday and Bryan-Amaning.
USC: F Nikola Vucevic, F Alex Stepheson, G Donte Smith, G Marcus Simmons and G Jio Fontan.
ALASKA AIRLINE THEMED VIDEO — Funny video clip just aired that featured Alaska Airlines prominently.
SENIOR CELEBRATION — Managers Seyi Ohinowo and Matt McKay came out first. Venoy Overton came out first and he was accompanied by family members, including his mother, uncle, girl friend and their little baby. Matthew Bryan-Amaning has his mother and brother with him. And Justin Holiday walked out arm in arm with his mom, grandmother and father.
The Dawg Pack gave them a chant: “We Will Miss You!”
ON VIDEO — The UW video department is playing a montage of three seniors and their highlights from the past four years. The Huskies are watching the big screen. Everybody except Thomas who is practicing free throws.
ON TV — FSN has the game. Barry Tompkins is providing play by play, Marques Johnson is the analyst and Rebecca Haarlow is the sideline reporter.
LOOKING SPIFFY — Harry the Husky is dressed in a beige suit, purple shirt and gold tie. Must be a special occasion.
BIG WINNER — Just met MsDawgs who stopped by to pick up her grand prize for winning the Guess the UW Score contest for the Seattle University game. Nice gal.
COUGED IT — Got to give it up to Washington State for playing so valiantly against UCLA without two starters. WSU played a magnificent game. But what is it about that team and that school. When you think they have no chance, they play like rock stars. They tease you. They create a fantastic game. Then at the end, they give it away. And not only do they lose. They lose in spectacular fashion. It’s amazing WSU was unable to get a shot off and had two turnovers in the final minute. Wazzu defines heart breaking.
FIRST ONE OUT — I’m told Isaiah Thomas began a pre-game ritual where he arrives to the gym super early. I normally get there about two hours to 90 minutes before tip off and Terrence Ross has usually been the only one on the floor. Got to Hec Ed about the same time and Thomas was finishing up his pre-game workout.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT — First round on Wednesday: No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 9 Oregon State 6 p.m . No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 10 Arizona State 8:30 p.m.
Second round on Thursday: USC is the No. 4 seed if it wins tonight. If not it’s the No. 5 seed. Regardles the Trojans play California noon. No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Washington State 8:30 p.m. No. 2 UCLA plays the winner of the No. 7-No.10 game at 6 p.m.. No. 1 Arizona plays the winner of the No. 8-No. 9 game at 2:30 p.m.

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