IT’S OVER — UW 85-63.
MOP-UP DUTY — Walk-on guard Dion Overstreet is in with many other reserves. Less than two minutes left.
ALMOST OVER — Suggs and Wilcox just drained three-pointers and Loyola is waiving the proverbial white flag. UW 79-58, 3:03.
FIRMLY IN CONTROL — Unless something goes horribly wrong, the Huskies will win the season opener. Washington has just one turnover in the second half. Good halftime adjustment. UW 69-53, 5:20.
BONUS — The Huskies have eight fouls and Loyola is in the bonus. Every UW foul sends the Greyhoudns to the line. UW 62-52, 7:34.
FANTASTIC AT THE LINE — Loyola is 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) on free throws. The Huskies are 12 of 16. UW 59-48, 8:35.
WEARING THEM DOWN — Looks like the Greyhounds are getting physically and mentally fatigued. Cormier is the only serious threat on dribble drives. Everything else is putbacks for Loyola. UW’s defense has forced two shot-clock violations in the second half. UW 52-44, 12:28.
STILL RUNNING — Simmons and Wilcox hit consecutive treys. The Huskies are on a 15-6 run. UW 48-39, 14:54.
NICE LITTLE SPURT — The defense is better and the Huskies are running. UW 42-37, 15:50.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for everyone.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Everything is seemingly working for Washington and yet for some reason the Huskies only have a two-point lead. The three guards (Wilcox, Gaddy and Suggs) are leading the way scoring. They have 9, 7 and 7 points respectively. N’Diaye is controlling the defense and has 10 rebounds. Loyola is shooting 35.3 percent and UW has more free throws (11 to 9).
Washington is doing many things right. Still the 11 turnovers are a problem. That’s got to change because those are wasted possessions. When you add the turnovers to Loyola’s nine offensive rebounds, that’s 18 extra possessions for the Greyhounds.
The Huskies also need for force more than six turnovers because when they do they’re magnificent in the open court. UW has a 11-2 lead in fastbreak points. Both teams are 2 of 6 on three-pointers.
Maybe this is the new normal for the Huskies. Maybe they can play seemingly well and opponents will remain within striking distance to steal the game. We’ll see if UW’s depth wears down Loyola in the second half.
The only foul issue pertains to Suggs who has three.
Not sure why Jarreau has only played seven minutes. I’m guessing it’s because he’s not boxing out on rebounds. The same goes for Breunig who has played four minutes.
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HALFTIME — UW 33-31.
NICE DEFENSE — Andrews forced a five-second turnover while defending Olson. UW 26-23, 2:29.
CAN’T STOP HIM — N’Diaye could have 25 points if he wanted to. UW 26-23, 2:54.
STEWART RETURNS — Stewart gets another stint after stellar defense early one. UW 23-23, 4:09.
BIG COLLISION — Gaddy and Patsos dove to the floor and bumped heads while trying to get a loose ball. UW 22-21, 4:57.
ANIMATED — Greyhounds coach Jimmy Patsos really gets into it during the breaks. He’s redfaced and yelling at players. Not in a mean-type of way, but it looks like he’s trying to get them going. It’s certainly entertaining. UW 20-20, 6:16.
HEATING UP — Things got stagnant midway in the first half, but the last few minutes have been sensational. Neither team can miss and the tempo has picked up a notch. Suggs has scored the last seven points for the Huskies. UW 20-20, 6:39.
TOO MANY TURNOVERS — The Huskies have eight turnovers. UW 17-17, 7:08.
NICE CATCH COACH — Stewart is hounding Cormier, who couldn’t get away to retrieve a pass from Etherly. The bball went sailing out of bounds into the hand of assitant Lamont Smith. UW 13-11, 9:37.
VETERAN’S DAY — Nice video being played of several UW athletes thanking the veterans and military service members.
FOURTH SUB — Hikeem Stewart is in. Wilcox hits another long jumper. UW 11-7, 12:34.
ZONE BUSTER — Loyola went to a zone and the Huskies worked the offense with several passes before Suggs found Wilcox in the corner for an open three. UW 9-6, 13:05.
THIRD SUB — Martin Breunig is in. UW 6-4, 13:36.
FANTASTIC DEFENSE — Wilcox is doing a really good job on Cormier and rebounding. On this possession, Andrews took over the job of defending Loyola’s best player. UW 6-2, 14:20.
DECENT, BUT NOT GOOD — The crowd is much better. Not sure how it looks on TV, but the Dawg Pack is energetic and vocal. Still plenty of empty seats in the upper sections. I’m guessing 6,000 or so.
FIRST SUBS — Andrew Andrews and Desmond Simmons are in for Jarreau and Suggs. UW 4-2, 15:45.
BLOCK PARTY — N’Diaye has two blocks and he’s making it nearly impossible for the Greyhounds to score inside. UW 2-2, 16:58.
MATCHUPS — Wilcox has Cormier, Suggs is on Olson, N’Dyae has Lantham, Jarreau is on Etherly and Gaddy picks up Jones.
STARTING LINEUP — Loyola Maryland: G Dylon Cormier, G Jarrod Jones, G Robert Olson, F Erik Etherly and F Jordan Lantham.
Washington: Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox, Aziz N’Diaye and Jernard Jarreau.
ON THE BENCH — Shawn Kemp Jr. is watching things in street clothes on the bench while sitting next to walk-on Quinn Sterling. During training camp, a few Huskies talked about Sterling as if he might steal some minutes this season largely because he played well in practice and during the summer European exhibition tour. However, it doesn’t appear as if that’s going to happen. He didn’t play in the exhibition win over Western Washington and it doesn’t look as if he’ll play tonight.
TALL SPECTATORS — Perris Blackwell and Gilles Dierickx are watching the UW team go through warmups. The newcomers are sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
GREYHOUND TRIVIA — Loyola Maryland’s last big win was a 72-67 upset at Indiana in December 2009.
WHERE IS EVERYBODY? — We’re about 20 minutes away from the start adn I’d say there’s about 1,500 folks in the building. Maybe everyone is fighting Seahawks traffic. Maybe they’re still at the CLink. And by the way, congrats to the Hawks who took care of business and destroyed the New York Jets 28-7.