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December 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM

South Dakota State live game thread

IT’S OVER — SDSU 92-73.
THIRTY AGAIN — Wolters has 32 points. His career high is 36. It’s the second time UW has allowed a 30-point plus to an opponent. SDSU 86-71, 1:37.
RANDOM THOUGHT — Did anyone pick the Jackrabbits in the Guess the UW Score contest. Not sure. But this may be the first time we don’t have a winner. SDSU 80-67, 2:53.
FANS SEEN ENOUGH — Some fans are heading to the exits. SDSU 80-63, 4:01.
WROTEN HAS FOUR — Okay that’s a foul. Wroten pushed a player beneath the rim to prevent a layup. He has four. SDSU -55, 7:57.
CROWD GOES NUTS — The refs make a bail-out foul on Wroten who appeared to have his hands up defending a short jumper. Romar is going ballistic again. Maybe he needs to get a technical. Maybe he should get thrown out. SDSU 70-52, 9:07.
FOUR CORNERS — The Jackrabbits are spreading the floor and wearing the Huskies out with screens and back-door cuts. SDSU 68-52, 10:13.
TEBOW TIME — The Huskies trail 65-50 with 11:44 left.
ROSS GETS LUCKY — It looked as if Ross picked up his fifth foul, but officials gave it to Simmons. Still he has four and needs to be careful. SDSU 63-50, 11:53.
HUSKIES SURGING — Where was this effort 30 minutes ago. The Huskies are controlling the glass and they’re getting multiple shots at the basket. Gant sank a three-pointer that made the crowd explode. The Jackrabbits called timeout. SDSU 59-48, 13:30.
HIGHLIGHT — Wroten picked White in the open court and raced for a layup. Before scoring he maneuvered the ball behind his back to elude two defenders. SDSU 57-45, 14:23.
CROWD GETTING LOUD — Wroten flushed a dunk and Gant sank a putback to ignite the crowd. They were really starting to make some noise before officials called a fouled and stopped the action. SDSU 57-43, 15:41.
BACK TO 20 — Callahan drained a three-pointer. SDSU 57-37, 17:54.
ONE TIMEOUT LEFT — During a scramble for a loose ball, the Huskies called timeout. On the surface that’s a good play. However, Romar burned three timeouts in the first half. Now UW only has one for the rest of the game. SDSU 51-35, 19:13.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
NOON STARTS — Washington should never play a noon game this season. The Huskies trailed by 29 at Saint Louis and was down 19 to Duke. Today they were down 22 (41-19). We’ll see what happens in the second half.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Wow. Didn’t see this kind of start for the Huskies. They’ve allowed the Jackrabbits to shoot 59.4 percent from the field and 8 of 11 on three-pointers. UW is 3 of 10 on treys. That’s the game in a nutshell.
Washington must locate the shooters and stay with them. The Huskies have also got to keep Wolters out of the lane. He’s creating havoc. He gets into the lane, draws defenders and passes to open shooters on the arc. You’d almost rather have him make a contested layup than surrender an open three-pointer.
The Huskies have to pick up the energy and they’ll probably pressure and trap a little more. That’s a dangerous ploy because if the Jackrabbits beats the press, they usually have a 2-on-1 advantage. It happened once in the first half and SDSU sank an open jumper.
This is still a winnable game for UW, but they’ll have to slowly grind it out. They’ll have to use their defense to create offense. Washington won’t win a shoot-out. Still it’s a little surprising the Huskies are having problems scoring. Ross is 2 for 3 for four points. Wroten has a team-high 10. Wilcox has seven.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — SDSU 51-33.


QUESTIONABLE CALLS — Romar just stared at an official for what seemed like an eternity at the start of the last break in the action. He’s not happy about some of the calls and non-calls on the floor. On the previous play, it looked as if a SDSU player moved his pivot foot. But no call. SDSU 42-28, 3:36.
MOMENTUM TURNING? — The Huskies have scored seven straight and are on a 12-5 run. SDSU 41-26, 4:16.
BABY STEPS — The Huskies scored on back-to-back possessions for the first time. Looks like the team is regaining some life. Ross put a spin move on a Jackrabbits player for a mid-range jumper. SDSU 37-18, 6:55
ANOTHER SUB — Hikeem Stewart is in the game. Romar is looking for a spark. He’s called three of his five timeouts. SDSU 35-16, 8:24.
HEAT CHECK — Wolters launched a NBA-range three-pointer that missed badly. The crowd cheered. SDSU 33–14.
ANOTHER BLUNDER — After a timeout, the Huskies gave up another open three-pointer that had Romar stomping mad. He took Gant and Simmons out. SDSU 31-12.
HOT SHOOTING — The Jackrabbits are 6 for 6 on three-pointers. It’s an amazing shooting display. They penetrate and kick the ball to open shooters. Washington is clueless on how to stop the play. SDSU 28-12, 11:36.
ANOTHER SUB — Shawn Kemp Jr. is in for Breunig, UW 23-9, 12:46.
SLEEP WALKING — Apparently the Huskies didn’t know the game started at noon. They trail 23-7, 13:47. The Jackrabbits are 5 for 5 on three-pointers.
SUBS — Desmond Simmons and Martin Breunig are in for Gant and Wilcox. After a Simmons turnover, Romar called the team over to the sideline and told them to move the ball. The place was so quiet, the entire crowd heard him yelling and began clapping. SDSU 14-7, 15:09.
CALLAHAN IS THE MAN — Washington needs to locate Callahan and never leave him. He’s outscored the Huskies 8-7. He’s killing them with perimeter shooting. SDSU 14-7, 15:44.
UH-OH — The Huskies are playing sloppy on defense. SDSU 9-2, 16:55.
QUICK TIMEOUT — Coach Lorenzo Romar took a timeout after Callahan sank an open three-pointer. SDSU 5-2, 18:57.
FAST START — The Huskies won tip and Ross scored on a short jumper on the first possession. UW 2-0, 19:40.
BIG WINNER — Just met ronye who picked up his prize after winning the Guess the UW Score contest for the Houston Baptist game.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Darnell Gant, Abdul Gaddy, Ross, Wilcox and Wroten.
South Dakota State: G Nate Wolters, G Brayden Carlson, G Griffin Callahan, F Tony Fiegen and F Jordan Dykstra.
LATE-ARRIVING CROWD — Just like Friday, it’s fairly empty with about 20 minutes to go before tipoff. This game may be a tough sell to fans. Seahawks are on the tube. It’s the last Sunday before Christmas. We’ll see what the crowd looks like.
ON THE RADAR — Spoke a friend who works in a NBA front office and he’s looking at Terrence Ross, Tony Wroten Jr. and C.J. Wilcox. No surprise there. He said Ross and Wroten are first-round picks in the 2012 NBA drafts if they decide to leave school early.
The NBA exec compared Ross to Vince Carter. He didn’t have a good NBA comparison for Wroten and Wilcox.
On Wroten: “He’s just a talent. … Not sure if he knows how to run a team yet. … Not sure if he can shoot, but he scored 27 points the other day without a jump shot.”
On Wilcox: “This league always needs shooters. … He’s going to grow into his body.”
NBA IN THE HOUSE — I count two NBA scouts in the building. They’ve been in Seattle the past three days watching two UW games and Saturday’s Gonzaga-Arizona game at KeyArena.
ON TV — The game is being televised by ROOT Sports. Tom Glasgow and Lenny Wilkens are commentators.
NO N’DIAYE — It’s been stated before, but just so we’re clear junior center Aziz N’Diaye will not play today due to a sprained right knee. He’s dressed and UW gear, but is aiming to return Thursday against Cal State Northridge.
DOUBLE HEADER — Two Dawgs in one day. The men’s basketball game is the opener before the women’s team take the Hec Ed court approximately at 2:30 p.m. to play Houston.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox

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