IT’S OVER — Washington 88-78.
ALMOST OVER — The Huskies are firmly in control now. UW 86-75, 1:12.
SLOWING DOWN — Not the game. The game is heating up, but unfortunately I’ve got to slow down on the updates. UW 69-69, 6:44.
ALL SQUARE — Things are getting tense. The Huskies wanted a good challenge, but this is something else. Brings back memories of Seattle Pacific upsetting Arizona last year. UW 65-65, 9:56.
STILL CLOSE — UW 62-58, 11:39.
UW TIMEOUT — It’s a one-point game. Wow. Just too many turnovers for the Huskies that’s creating points for the Vikings. It’s not just Gaddy, who is ready to check in. It’s been Suggs and Kemp as well. UW 59-58, 13:24.
BONUS — The Huskies are in the bonus early in the second half. UW 59-52, 14:38.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — Both teams needed a break in the action after several minutes of spirited play. The Vikings just aren’t going away because Allen won’t them give up. He has 17 points. Gaddy was aggressive early in the half, but on the last possession he made a horrible pass that led to a turnover. Andrews will check in for Gaddy when the play resumes and the Vikings are going to the line to shoot two free throws. UW 57-51, 15:05.
BE AGGRESSIVE — Gaddy is much more aggressive in the second half. It looked as if Romar gave him a talk on the sidelines. UW 54-43, 17:31.
SECOND HALF — Same starters. UW 52-39, 18:23.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — It’s difficult not to be impressed with Andrews who has a game-high 12 points on 2-for-3 shooting. He’s 4 of 4 on FTs. He also has two assists and rebounds. Wilcox has eight points on 3-for-7 shooting. He’s 1 of 3 on three-pointers. He’s also been a monster on the boards and has four rebounds. Kemp has been impressive with four points and three rebounds.
Stewart has made a difference with his defense. He provides a spark with his perimeter defense, which is reminiscent of Venoy Overton.
Washington is 9 of 14 on free throws. The Huskies have 10 turnovers and has forced nine.
HALFTIME — UW 46-37.
HADN’T SEEN THAT BEFORE — Suggs drained a hook shot after backing his man into the post. On the next possession, Andrews stepped into another three-pointer. Both shots looked pure. UW 44-34, 1:07.
HANGING AROUND — Suggs drained a three-pointer to slow the Vikings’ momentum. Breuning also flushed a dunk. Before those baskets, Western was clawing back into the game. UW 35-28, 3:53.
LIVE RADIO LINK — Here’s a radio link to the game.
BREUNIG IN — Martin Breunig checked in, got fouled and made 1 of 2 free throws. He’s probably the last player who will play unless it’s a blowout and Overstreet gets some minutes. UW 27-22, 6:26.
NICE PLAY — The second-best play I’ve seen from the Huskies is Wilcox running the baseline and curling off a double screen from Simmons and N’Diaye. He missed the first shot, but drained the second one. The best play I’ve seen so far is N’Diaye connecting bouncing a pass into the post to Suggs who got free on a back cut and converted a contested layup. UW 26-20, 7:23.
GOT ONE — N’Diaye has went to the line four times. He’s missed badly on three, but made the last one. The Huskies are 4 of 8 on FTs. UW 22-18, 8:43.
DROUGHT OVER — The Vikings finally scored a basket. But then the Huskies started raining threes. First it was Simmons who sank an off-balance jumper at the top of the key. Then Andrews stepped into a beautiful three-ball on the corner. UW 21-12, 10:38.
LINEUP — The UW players on the floor are Gaddy, Andrews, Stewart, Jarreau and Kemp. Simmons is at the table and will check in for Jarreau. UW 15-8, 11:34.
STILL STREAKING — The Huskies are on a 9-0 run to erase an 8-4 deficit. UW 13-8, 11:49.
GOOD DEFENSE — Stewart forced a turnover. The Huskies have three steals and they’ve forced five turnovers. UW 11-8, 12:16.
FOURTH SUB — Hikeem Stewart is in.
STREAKING — Gaddy scored consecutive baskets and Jarreau got a putback to give the Huskies the lead. UW 11-8, 13:11.
THIRD SUB — Shawn Kemp Jr. is in for N’Diaye. Gaddy is also back and he scored a layup. WWU 8-6, 14:25.
SECOND SUB — Andrew Andrews is in for Gaddy. On the last UW possession, the Huskies got a shot clock violation. Jerreau had a chance for a layup, but he bobbled the entry pass and nearly caused a turnover. Suggs never saw the clock and it ran out before he could get off a shot. WWU 8-4, 15:36.
FIRST SUB — There’s a break in the action. Jernard Jarreau will check in when play resumes. WWU 6-4, 16:29.
NICE DUNK — N’Diaye scored UW’s first points on a power dunk after a feed from the top of the key from Suggs. WWU 6-2.
REBOUNDING PROBLEMS? — On the first two trips, the Huskies have allowed two offensive rebounds. UW also has missed its first three baskets and is scoreless in three trips. WWU 3-0, 17:56.
FOUR-MAN BENCH — With the addition of new assistants Lamont Smith and Jackson, the Huskies have four assistants on the bench including holdovers Jim Shaw and Paul Fortier. That’s a lot of eyeballs and voices yelling at the players.
NEW VIDEO INTRO — The UW players looked as if they enjoyed the new video highlight clip that runs on the big screen during pregame introductions.
NICE GREETING — Brad Jackson, who coached 27 years at Western Washington, walked over to the Vikings bench and exchanged a friendly handshake with the coaches. During the WWU player introductions, every player ran ever to shake hands whith Jackson.
WWU STARTERS — G John Allen, G Richard Woodworth, F Austin Bragg, F Paul Jones and C Chris Mitchell.
STARTING FIVE — Tonight’s starters are Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs, Desmond Simmons and Aziz N’Diaye.
SPEAKING OF THE RADIO — It’s a rare night off for radio analyst Bob Rondeau who is still sitting in his courtside seat.
NO TV/RADIO — As stated earlier, tonight’s game isn’t televised. It also will not be broadcast on the radio in Seattle, but is available in Bellingham.
OVER/UNDER CROWD ATTENDANCE — If you’re the wagering type, I wonder if tonight’s attendance will top 5,000. It’s probably a silly question considering 9,481 was the announced attendance for last year’s exhibition against Seattle Pacific. Got to figure a lot of Bellingham folks will make the trek down I-5.
NICE TV — Been here a few times for volleyball matches, but this is my first time inside Alaska Airlines Arena for a basketball game and I must say the videoboard is stunning. Wonder if they’ll have video replays considering the game is not being televised.
SHOOT-AROUND — Judging from shootaround, it doesn’t look as if walkon Quinn Sterling is playing tonight. He’s been sitting on the bench with Perris Blackwell and Gilles Dierickx, the newcomers who will not play due to NCAA transfer rules.
EARLY ALERT — We’ll host a live chat before games this season. Also the weekly live chats will start Monday on our regular day. Not sure of the time just yet, but it will be after Steve Sarkisian’s noon press conference.
ATOMIC DOG — When you hear George Clinton’s iconic ‘Atomic Dog’ on the loudspeakers you know the doors are open at Alaska Airlines Arena and the Dawg Pack is filing through the doors. We’re about an hour away from tip off.