IT’S OVER — UCLA 61-54.
GOOD MOVE — On UW’s next possession, Kemp flushed an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Andrews. UCLA 57-54, 1:03.
N’DIAYE BENCHED — N’Diaye missed a pass from Gaddy. He’s out. Kemp is in. UCLA 57-52, 1:14.
HOWLAND STEAMING — During the break, Howland came out to the half court line to say something to the official. Not sure what he’s upset about. Meanwhile, N’Diaye needs to slow down at the rim. He’s blown at least three point-blank chances because he’s moving way too fast. Wilcox had a three-point rim out that would have given UW a seven-point lead. UW 52-52, 3:37.
WOW — N’Diaye went airborne for a block on Adams before crashing to the floor. He’s hunched over and stalking for blocks like a Senegalese warrior. UW 52-52, 4:13.
FACES IN THE CROWD — Sounds FC coach Sigi Schmid and Sonics icon Slick Watts are in the building. Uw 50-47, 6:25.
GETTING CRAZY IN HERE — N’Diaye got a big block on Powell that led to Suggs’ layup. On the next possession, Adams air balled a three-pointer and the fans exploded. UW 47-45, 7:56.
RUNNING — The second half got stagnant there for awhile. Just bad basketball. Too many turnovers and fouls. Gaddy drained an open jumper, the Huskies forced a turnover and Andrews made a fast break layup. UW 45-45, 8:55.
AWFUL CALL — It’s been written too much by me this season, but I absolutely hate the block/charge call. Refs never get it right. This time they blew it when Wilcox picked up an offensive foul after Wear flopped. You can’t reward bad plays like that. UCLA 44-41, 11:36.
TOO LOUD — During a timeout, it looks as if Howland and his assistants wanted to retreat to the opposite sideline to get away from the Dawg Pack. Howland is clearly annoyed. UCLA 40-36, 14:27.
STRANGE DECISION — Romar told Suggs and Wilcox to switch players and Muhammad promptly backed Wilcox into the post for a short jumper. On the next possession, Adams scored over Suggs. Just when you thought the Huskies needed a timeout, Suggs drained a three-pointer. UCLA 40-36, 15:46.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Entertaining first half.
The Huskies have done a nice job defensively on Muhammad who has seven points on 3-for-7 shooting. Travis Wear has hurt Washington with mid-range jumpers and putbacks.
Kemp has eight points and he’s doing a nice job in the low post of making himself available and finishing plays when the guards drive. Suggs is still on fire. He’s made 3 of 4 shots and has seven points. He should shoot more. Wilcox has eight points and is 3 of 8 from the field.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 31-30.
ALL BALL — Looks like the refs missed another one. This time Wilcox appeared to block T.Wear’s shot, but was called for a foul. UW 31-30, 53.6.
MISSED THAT ONE — The refs missed an obvious travel from Anderson, who tripped on his feet while driving to the basket. UW 31-26, 1:56.
NICE ATTEMPT — Jarreau had a step on Anderson on a fast break and tried to spin around the UCLA defender. However, he lost the ball and the Bruins scored at the other end. Still got to like JJ’s aggressiveness. UW 28-26, 3:34.
GEORGE HICKMAN’S PEEPS — Family members of former UW usher George Hickman are being recognized on the big screen.
GOTTA FINISH THAT — N’Diaye did a nice job getting away from Tony Parker, but he blew an easy layup because he rushed it. The miss led to a UCLA fastbreak jumper for Drew. UW 22-22, 6:52.
FIRED UP — Suggs yells at no one in particular after getting a steal. Dude is animated. Wow. Never seen that before. UW 20-18, 9:09.
DON’T HURT YOURSELF — Jarreau nearly broke his back while flushing a breakaway dunk. Maybe he got a little excited. No one was going to catch him and he went up with two hands, got caught on the rim and came down awkwardly. UW 17-11, 12:34.
SUBS — Desmond Simmons and Jernard Jarreau are in for Kemp and N’Diaye. UW 13-10, 15:02.
GOOD START — Aside from the defensive transition, the Huskies are off to a good start. They’re shooting 60 percent from the field and the offense is clicking. UCLA is double teaming N’Diaye and Kemp in the post so the Huskies will have to figure out how they’re going to combat that. Either they use the bigs to screen and hit them for layups and dunks. Or they have to recognize where the extra defender is coming from and find the open defender. UW 13-8, 15:02.
UW TIMEOUT — Romar pulled a card from Ben Howland’s playbook put a stop to things early. He’s upset the Huskies aren’t getting back quick enough on defense. UCLA has two fast break attempts on made baskets. UW 4-4, 17:53.
STARTING LINEUPS: UW lineup: Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs, Aziz N’Diaye, C.J. Wilcox and Shawn Kemp Jr.
UCLA: Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams, Larry Drew II and Travis Wear.
AZIZ IN THE MIDDLE — N’Diaye jumped in the middle of pre-game dance celebration. It’s a role normally reserved for Hikeem Stewart. Nice to see the big fella get down and boogie.
SENIOR DAY CELEBRATIONS — The Huskies are honoring seniors Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs, Aziz N’Diaye and manager Nick Matranga. Nice ovation for Gaddy. N’Diaye wears a black sleeveless t-shirt that reads “I (heart) Africa” on the front. Suggs came out stoic and looked as if he might break down. But none of the players cried. Plenty of smiles, hugs and handshakes.
PURPLE JACKET TODAY? — Talked to coach Lorenzo Romar yesterday who said he’ll probably break out purple jacket some time this season. Only a few chances left. If not today, then maybe next week.
DIFFERENT FEEL — The vibe with this game is different from any other. Maybe it’s the early start, the CBS crew, which brings more people than needed to work a college basketball game, the Senior Day celebrations or a game against No. 23 UCLA. We’ll see which team handles its emotions.
AMY IS BACK — Aziz N’Diaye’s mom Amy has returned to Hec Ed to watch her son’s last home game for the Huskies. She flew in from Dakar, Senegal over a week ago. She was at the Washington State game, but skipped Wednesday’s contest versus USC.