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February 21, 2010 at 1:48 AM

UCLA post-game analysis: Pondexter says so long to Hec Ed

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The Huskies closed out the season at Edmundson Pavilion with a 17-2 record after demolishing UCLA 97-68, for a 29-point victory that was the most lopsided win for Washington in a series that began in 1937.
This game was all about Quincy Pondexter who wore a white tuxedo t-shirt to his post-game press conference, which seemed strangely appropriate considering the night he had.
“This is my formal attire for today,” he joked. “I knew it would be a little professional at the end so I had to bring out best.”
Pondexter may have been joking, but he was right. He delivered his best in the what was likely his final game at Hec Ed. He was emotional and teary-eyed during a pregame Senior NIght introduction ceremony.
“He was crying like a little baby,” Isaiah Thomas joked. “But after that, it was game time. He turned it on, made his first shot and it was on from there.”
When told Thomas was ribbing him about crying, Pondexter said: “Send me the video from his Senior Night and then we can talk. Yeah some tears flowed. But it was magical.”
Coach Lorenzo Romar said Pondexter has an amazing ability to focus “and when he’s focused, he’s very, very good.’
UCLA coach Ben Howland said: “Pondexter is just such a special player. He came out and hit a couple of big shots to get them off to a great start.”
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Pondexter scored 10 of his 20 points in the first five minutes to put UW ahead 12-4 and the Huskies never looked back. They quickly turned the game into a series of highlights, including Pondexter’s steal and two-hand, windmill jam early in the second half. The dunk was the No. 7 play of the night on SportsCenter.
After the game, Pondexter’s father Roscoe said his son’s four-year career has been “a wonderful ride” and described Saturday night as “bittersweet.”
After the game, Pondexter talked about waking up in the morning and looking at the calender that read: Feb. 20, 2010.
“I thought about my jersey number (20) and thought about all the other little things that come about and everything was equaling 20,” he said. “I was like thank you God. This is the day. And it was funny, I got 20 points. It was one of those days you just got to go with.”
Photo credits: AP Photo and Dawgman.com
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