December 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM
Cal Poly live game thread
IT’S OVER — UW wins 75-62.
STILL IN CONTROL — Barring a minor miracle for Cal Poly, the Huskies will win their third straight game. Simmons may have given the play of the game. On a N’Diaye miss, he crawled on the floor for the loose ball and got control of the rock. Then he passed to Andrews sank a running jumper. The bench erupted in cheers. UW 65-48, 2:50.
QUICK TIMEOUT — Romar isn’t playing around and he doesn’t want this game to get away from the Huskies. He called timeout after Cal Poly scored three unanswered points. On the next possession, Suggs scored on a mid-range jumper. UW 51-33, 9:09.
BLOWOUT IN THE MAKING — Cal Poly hasn’t scored in nearly 5 1/2 minutes. Wilcox and Gaddy hammered home dunks to send a jolt into the crowd. UW 49-29, 9:58.
NICE OVATION — Simmons went the bench and received a round of applause from the fans. On the previous play, he deflected a pass and jumped out of bounds trying to save the ball. UW 41-29, 12:10.
GOOD DEFENSE — Simmons has stifled Eversley who is 2 of 8. He came in averaging 16 points and has eight. UW 41-29, 13:16.
BREAKING AWAY? — This would normally be the time when good teams don’t mess around and put away lesser opponents. It’s a critical time in the game for Cal Poly. The Huskies could break their spirits with a little run over the next few minutes to put the game out of reach. UW 41-29, 15:21.
NOT GOOD — Gaddy has as many turnovers (five) than points (four) and assists (one). UW 38-29, 15:55.
ATTENDANCE — Official count is 7,874.
SIX IN A ROW — N’Diaye scored on a putback giving him 10 points. He’s scored in double figures in the past six games. UW 38-27, 17:16.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The place is still buzzing from Andrews’ move. If not for Gaddy’s steal and dunk over Nevada, it might be the play of the year. Maybe it was so good because it was so unexpected.
If it wasn’t for their 6 of 12 showing at the line, the Huskies would be firmly in control of this game. As it stands, they have a tenuous 8-point lead. Washington has never trailed and it was up by as many as nine. But it feels as if UW should have a 15-point lead because it has played well in spurts.
Cal Poly averages nine turnovers, but the Huskies have forced nine TOs in the first half. UW is shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 37.5 percent (3 of 8) on three-pointers. UW has more rebounds (14-10) and assists (7-5). Wilcox leads everyone with 10 points and N’Diaye has eight.
The zone has given UW fits. However, the Huskies have been able to get the ball inside where they’ve been fouled.
Washington can continue to pound Cal Poly inside with N’Diaye and Kemp. Bennett has two fouls and freshman forward Zach Gordon three for Cal Poly.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Andrews caps the half when he drove right, spun around a defender and finished with an acrobatic layup over a defender. UW 31-23.
BAD CALL — Gaddy picked up a bad charging call when Reese Morgan slid into him and drew a foul. If there were more folks here, the boos might be louder. As it is, the refs received a few catcalls from the crowd. UW 23-19, 3:16.
FOURTH SUB — Jernard Jarreau is in for Simmons. UW 20-16, 4:36.
ALL SQUARE — The Huskies surrendered their nine-point lead. Aside from Wilcox’s three-pointer, they’ve scored on just one of the last seven possessions. The zone is giving them problems. They look out of sorts and not sure where they want to go for offense. UW 16-16, 7:34.
TROUBLE? — Cal Poly switched to a zone and the Huskies have missed three straight shots on three possessions. UW 13-11, 9:11.
THIRD SUB — Hikeem Stewart is in for Andrews. UW 13-6, 10:46.
NICE MOVE — After receiving an entry pass, N’Diaye did a nice job of throwing the ball back out to the guard and repositioning himself against a smaller defender. He got the ball back and turned baseline for a nice and easy layup. UW 13-4, 11:36.
TIMEOUT MUSTANGS — Cal Poly called a timeout after Suggs drained a three-pointer giving UW an 11-2 lead with 12:21 left. The Mustangs are 1 for 8 from the floor.
BETTER DOWN LOW — The Huskies continue to hammer Cal Poly beneath the rim and Kemp is doing a better job than N’Diaye. Both big men are in the game now. UW 8-2, 12:35.
SECOND SUB — Andrews is in for Gaddy.
SLOPPY BOTH WAYS — Cal Poly averages a nine turnovers. The Mustangs already have three. UW 6-2, 14:07.
FIRST SUB — Shawn Kemp Jr. is in for N’Diaye.
STILL SLOPPY — The Huskies have committed four turnovers in the first four minutes. N’Diaye has two and Simmons and Wilcox each had passes stolen. UW 4-2, 15:53.
SLOPPY — The Huskies has committed turnovers on the first two possessions. Actually it was N’Diaye who had the ball taken from him by guards. On the third possession, the Huskies are not deterred and they get the ball into N’Diaye again and he sank a layup. UW 2-0, 17:33.
STARTING LINEUPS —UW: G Gaddy, G Scott Suggs, G C.J. Wilcox, F Desmond Simmons and C Aziz N’Diaye.
Cal Poly: F Brian Bennett, F Chris Eversley, G Dylan Royer, G Drake U’u and G Jamal Johnson.
NICE THREADS — Romar is dressed in all black, sporting a suit and turtle neck. Good look.
SPARSE CROWD — I’m guessing there’s about 2,000 people here right now.
WATCH OUT FOR GADDY — Abdul Gaddy was named to the watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award that’s given to the NCAA’s top point guard. There are 85 players on the list, including seven from the Pac-12. The list will be trimmed to 20 in January, 10 in February and five before March 1. The winner will be announced April 8.
STERLING OUT — Freshman walk-on Quinn Sterling is still wearing a walking boot on his left foot. He’s not playing tonight.
ANDREWS AVAILABLE — I’m hearing backup guard Andrew Andrews (sprained ankle) is available to play tonight, but it remains to be seen if coach Lorenzo Romar will play him or give him a few more days to get healthy. The redshirt freshman has missed the past three games.
ON TV — You can watch the game on the Pac-12 Networks. Kevin Calabro and former UW great Detlef Schrempf are announcing the action.