IT’S OVER — UW 77-60.
WEGNER TIME — Wegner is in. UW 77-58, 1:01.
SHERRER TIME — Sherrer is in the game.
HEADING FOR THE EXITS — Fans are leaving early. Almost over. UW 75-56, 1:34.
SPU GOES ZONE — The Falcons have switched to a zone defense, which has slowed the Huskies. UW 66-52, 4:17.
HANGING AROUND — The game is getting closer than UW fans may like. UW 62-52, 5:46.
WROTEN AGAIN — Wroten picked Riley Carel, which led to a pass and Ross’ alley-oop dunk. The crowd goes wild. UW 54-35, 10:58.
FIRMLY IN CONTROL — Wroten delivered another crowd-pleasing pass to Breunig beneath the basket for a layup despite being fouled. UW 52–35, 11:49.
ANDREWS CHECKS IN — Freshman Andrew Andrews is in the game.
GREEN LIGHT — Wilcox has the freedom to shoot any shot he feels good about. He launches them from deep places early in the shot clock and it just feels like a good shot because it looks great coming out of his hands. He’s 5 of 12 for a game-high 13 points. UW 46-30, 15:14.
FAN FAVORITE — It’s just a guess, but Simmons is going to be a fan favorite. The guy hustles and he plays with a likable intensity. UW 41-28, 16:46.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for UW. Riley Stockton replaces Dorman.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The game is probably a little closer than UW fans would like. The Huskies are in control, but SPU has managed to stick around. Washington’s defense has been suffocating at times and has held the Falcons to 8-for-31 (25.8 percent) shooting. SPU is also 3 of 11 on three-pointers.
Gaddy was aggressive offensively early, but seemed content to run the offense. Ross has picked his spots offensively and Breunig has been the beneficiary of some great passes from Wroten.
Wilcox was the early star. I thought he had two steals, but the box score only gave him one. No matter, he was stellar defensively and he’s converted 4 of 9 shots, including two long three-pointers.
Not sure if we learned anything about Wroten and Gaddy being on the court together. They co-existed, but didn’t really work off of each other.
ROOT Sports analyst made a great point: Arizona had just two blocks against SPU and UW already has seven. The Huskies length is very difficult to handle.
Freshman Andrew Andrews and walk-ons Brendan Sherrer and Alex Wegner have not played.
HALFTIME STATS — Wilcox leads all scorers with 10 points. Ross has nine points and four rebounds. Simmons has a game-high five rebounds.
HALFTIME — UW 33-26.
HOPPING MAD — Romar and the crowd are furious at the refs who didn’t call a foul when it appeared as if Gant was fouled on a layup. Wroten delivered another gorgeous no-look pass to Gant on the baseline. The UW bench was given a technical foul.
FINISHING SQUAD — The Huskies are finishing the first half with Ross, Wroten, Wilcox, Breunig and Jarreau. Actually Jarreau is coming out after picking up his third foul. But it was an interesting look UW 33-25, 33.0 seconds.
WILCOX AGAIN — For the second time tonight, Wilcox stole a pass and on the other end he drained a NBA-range three-pointer. Looney is upset with his team. UW 33-23, 53.7 seconds.
FALCONS NOT GOING AWAY — SPU has cut UW’s lead to 30-23 with 2:00 left. The Falcons connected on their past two three-pointers after missing the previous seven.
AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE — The young Huskies are playing solid defense. They’re switching, challenging passes and protecting the basket. Whenever a SPU player breaks free, a UW defender jumps into his path. Jarreau is also using his length to bother the Falcons. He has at least two blocks by my unofficial count. UW 28-15, 3:43.
BONUS — The Huskies are in the bonus. UW 26-15, 4:24.
EXTENDED MINUTES — Ross checks in for Wroten who spent a long time on the court. UW 25-15, 5:11.
NICE CROSSOVER — Wilcox blew past Wall with a slick crossover in the middle of the court en route to layup over Poling. UW 25-13, 6:04.
NATE ROB — Former UW star Nate Robinson, sporting an old-school Sonics baseball cap is sitting behind the Husky bench. Brandon Roy, Will Conroy and Jamal Crawford are also behind the Husky bench. UW 23-11, 7:27.
ROSS HIGHLIGHT — Ross snared a pass from Scott Morse and raced for a dunk on the other end. UW 19-9, 10:26.
NOT USED TO TV — SPU coach Ryan Looney sends his team on the court early during TV timeouts.
EARLY FLASHES — Wroten thrilled the crowd with a nifty no-look pass to Breunig who converted a layup despite being fouled. It was his first assist. UW 16-9, 11:55.
MORE FRESHMEN — Hikeem Stewart and Jernard Jarreau are in the game. The most experienced player on the court for UW is Wilcox. UW 14-9, 12:06.
QUICK TIMEOUT — Romar used an early timeout after the Falcons scored on two straight possessions. The Huskies have a lot of young guys on the floor and Romar likely wanted to send a message. UW 14-9, 12:31.
SHAKY START — Wroten lost the ball on a turnover on his first possession. On the other end, SPU scored on a putback. Wroten quickly atoned for his mistake with a putback the next time down. UW 14-9, 12:46.
FIRST SUBS — Wroten, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Martin Breunig come in for Ross, Simmons and Gant. The Huskies were dead tired because it was a long time without a break in the action. Gant did an outstanding job of fronting Poling and taking him out of the game. He’s taken just one shot and he’s scoreless. Simmons was also relentless defensively and picked up his first floor burn on the first possession. UW 12-5, 13:58.
WILCOX ARRIVES — Wilcox emphatically blocked Wall’s layup and on the other end, he drained a three-pointer from NBA range. UW 8-0 at 17:14.
UW SCORES FIRST — Gaddy blew past a defender for an easy layup. On the next possession, he sank another layup despite being fouled. UW 5-0 at 17:53.
SECOND FOUL — Wilcox also picked up a foul and UW hasn’t had an offensive possession.
QUICK FOUL — Gant picked up a foul in the first eight seconds. Not good. SPU also won the tip.
DECENT CROWD — It’s an okay crowd. Not great. It’s a little more than half full.
STARTING LINEUPS — G Abdul Gaddy, G C.J. Wilcox, G Terrence Ross, F Desmond Simmons and F Darnell Gant.
SPU: F Jobi Wall, F Jake Anderson, C Andy Poling, G Jeff Dorman and G David Downs.
WROTEN IN THE MIDDLE — Wroten jumped in the middle of a circle just outside the UW locker room and led the team in a pre-game dance before they raced on the court. We’re minutes away from tip off.
RECRUITS ON THE COURT — 2012 recruit Landen Lucas is sitting on the UW bench next to 2013 recruit Stephen Domingo. Lucas looks bigger than I thought.
OLD DAWGS — Just spotted Spencer Hawes. I was told Isaiah Thomas is also in the building.
UNHAPPY FACE — Aziz N’Diaye looks like somebody shot his dog. He’s sitting on the UW bench with a miserable look on his face. N’Diaye is out after suffering a concussion this week.
HAPPY FACES — Tony Wroten Jr. is beaming as he’s going through the final pre-game warmups. So is Hikeem Stewart. They’re local kids and obviously they’re excited about playing their first UW game in front of the home crowd. It will be interesting to see how they manage their emotions.
ON TV — ROOT Sports is televising the game. As for online options, I haven’t found any as of yet. Washington and SPU aren’t posting live video. Not sure about ROOT.
OFF THE COURT — The Huskies completed pre-game warmups and jogged off the court. Seattle Pacific is still taking shots.