March 20, 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif. - It's gameday at HP Pavilion and the Washington Huskies tip-off against New Mexico at 2:50 p.m. this afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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5:02 p.m. - 3:19 remaining. Last TV Timeout. This will be the final entry. Check out the final stats, recap, photos, audio, notes and quotes right here on GoHuskies.com. The Dawgs lead 78-59 and I think we can safely say we are headed to Syracuse, N.Y. for the Sweet 16! With a win, Washington will have been to the Sweet 16 four times since 1998 and three times under Lorenzo Romar.
4:56 p.m. - 5:35 remaining. Romar calls a 30-second timeout after New Mexico scores consecutive baskets to pull the score to 72-54.
4:51 p.m. - 7:04 left in the game. Third media timeout. UW leads New Mexico 70-49. Pondexter leads UW with 18 points, while Thomas has 14. The Kansas game is over. Northern Iowa won 69-67 for the biggest upset in the tournament. Announced attendance today is 16,044.
4:39 p.m. - 11:54 left in the game. Second of four media timeouts. UW leads New Mexico 60-40. With top-seeded Kansas down 61-56 to Northern Iowa, the television audience for this one is pretty minimal, most likely. The Dawgs are shooting .490 in the game (24-49). New Mexico is down to .383 shooting (18-47) and is 0-2 from three-point range in the half. Quincy has 14 points and has moved into sole possession of third place on the UW career scoring list.
4:26 p.m. - Sorry for the delay. 15:44 left in the game. First of four media timeouts in the second half. UW leads New Mexico 53-36. The Huskies have their largest lead of the game and the Lobos appear tired. Interesting since Albuquerque is a mile above sea level and they should be in tremendous physical shape. Isaiah and Quincy have 12 points each, while Matthew has 10.
Thanks to Max Waugh for a cool halftime photo gallery. The link is provided above.
3:57 p.m. - Wow, what a half for the Huskies. Things went pretty well as the Dawgs go into the locker room with a 44-32 lead. Pondexter leads UW in scoring with 10 points, while seven different UW players have scored. New Mexico's Dairese Gary leads all scorers with 15 points. New Mexico's leading scorer, Darington Hobson has just three first half points on 1-of-3 shooting.
3:44 p.m. - 3:58 left in the first half. UW 34, New Mexico 25. Fourth and final media timeout of the half. The Huskies continue to hold their lead against the Lobos. It helps that UNM is 0-for-5 from the free throw line and 3-of-11 from outside the three-point arc! Isaiah has nine points, while Quincy has 8. Pondexter needs 13 points today to catch Bob Houbregs for third on the all-time scoring charts at UW. MBA has one block today and is now tied for third with David Dixon for most career blocks at UW (98).
3:34 p.m. - Solid minutes from Abdul Gaddy. The freshman point guard has five points in the first 14 minutes of the game, the last three on an acrobatic drive down the right side of the lane. He was fouled and completed the three-point play. After an amazing rebound by Justin Holiday at the other end (wow, he was high up in the air!), Isaiah Thomas connected on a three-pointer to give Washington a 10-point lead at 31-21 with 6:44 left in the half. New Mexico called a timeout to slow down the Dawgs!
3:30 p.m. - 7:54 left in the first half. Third of four media timeouts in the half. The Huskies continue to shoot the ball well, connecting on 11-of-19 attempts for 57.9 percent. UNM has cooled-off, shooting 9-of-21 for .429. Pondexter is 3-of-4 with eight points. MBA is 3-of-3 with six points. UNM's Darington Hobson signaled over to the bench about a minute prior to the TV timeout, asking for a rest. The Lobo players seem a little gassed, but that could easily by a ruse!
3:20 p.m. - 11:29 left in the first half. Second media timeout. UW 19, UNM 19. The Husky faithful started a rousing "Go" "Huskies" cheer as the timeout started - even though it was New Mexico's band's timeout. In the NCAA Tournament, officials designate with band plays at each media timeout. Each team's spirit groups take turns. As the clock expires for each half, both teams can play as they wish. It's part of what makes NCAA Tournament games so exciting.
Washington is not 9-of-13 from the field, while UNM is 8-of-15. Scoring is pretty even with MBA, Pondexter and Overton with four points apiece. UNM is led by Hardeman and garth with four each.
3:16 p.m. - Darnell Gant check into the game for Matthew Bryan-Amaning with 13:50 left in the game. UNM made its first sub of the game at the same time with Nate Garth coming in for Hardeman. Elston Turner came into the game with 13:00 left for Holiday. Immediately afterward, Pondexter connected on a layin to give Washington the lead at 17-15.
3:13 p.m. - The Lobos came out in a 2-3 zone following the media timeout. The Huskies quickly recognized it and Isaiah Thomas drained a three-pointer from the left wing. Venoy Overton entered the game for Gaddy with 15:18 left in the half, the first sub of the game.
3:09 p.m. - 15:55 left in the first half. UW 8, UNM 11. First media timeout of the game. Both teams have started off where they left off on Thursday. Washington is 4-for-6 from the field, while the Lobos are 4-of-7. The difference is UNM's 3-for-5 from behind the three-point arc. UW missed its only attempt (Thomas).
3:01 p.m. - The starting lineups have been introduced and they were both as expected. An interesting observation was the interaction between Isaiah Thomas and Darington Hobson. The pair shook hands, hugged, shared a knowing smile and a quick word, then Hobson feigned a punch at Thomas' chest. The two clearly have a prior relationship.
3:06 p.m. - Quick start for both teams. Looks like a track meet. New Mexico didn't miss a shot until the 17:52 mark, while Washington connected on its first four shots and didn't miss until 16:49 left in the half.
2:30 p.m. - Due to the length of the thrilling Marquette vs. Butler game, the Washington vs. New Mexico game will tip a little later than planned. Looks like about a 2:57 tip or so.
2:20 p.m. - Preliminary starting lineups for New Mexico: Hardeman, F; Martinez, F; Hobson, G; Gary, G; McDonald, G.
Preliminary starting lineup for Washington: Bryan-Amaning, F; Holiday, F; Thomas, G; Gaddy, G; Pondexter, G.
2:15 p.m. - Officials for today's game are: Tom Eades (SEC, MVC), Patrick Driscoll (Big East, A-10), Make Sanzere (MVC, MAC) and (alt) William McCarthy (NEC, America East).
1;18 p.m. - The first game of the day is at halftime with Murray State leading Butler 26-22 in a low-scoring affair. Murray State hit a three-point field goal as time expired. According to The Herald's Scott Johnson, the crowd in HP Pavilion is filling in nicely and a decent number of fans are in attendance for the first game. Most Husky fans are on their way to the arena after lunch and an informal pre-game rally at the Old Wagon Saloon & Grill just blocks away.
1:04 p.m. - Officials for today's game will be announced at 1:50 p.m. The NCAA has a policy of not publicly announcing officials' names until 60 minutes prior to the game.
12:57 p.m. - After an exhausting last few days, the Huskies enjoyed a little rest this morning, breakfast, a scouting session and a pregame meal. The team is scheduled to depart the hotel around 1:30 p.m. and, being the lower seed, is slated to wear its traditional road purple uniforms.
It's been a good tournament so far for the West Coast. This morning 10th-seeded Saint Mary's College defeated second-seeded Villanova by a score of 75-68 in today's second round game in Providence, R.I. Last night, Cal defeated Louisville and Gonzaga defeated Florida State in a first round game.