March 18, 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif - Unless you've been living under a rock, you are fully aware the first round of the NCAA Tournament is well underway! With a few upsets already taking place, March Madness has taken over the sports world and the next few days promise to be among the most exciting of the year.
The 11th-seeded Washington Huskies face sixth-seeded Marquette at approximately 4:55 p.m. at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The winner will play either Montana or New Mexico on Saturday in the second round. Check back here throughout the day to get a little different insight as the Huskies look to advance in the tournament!
7:03 p.m. - DAWGS WIN!!!! 80-78.
7:00 p.m. - HUGE basket with :01.7 seconds left... Quincy Pondexter held the ball near midcourt as time wound down on the clock. He backed the defender into the lane, turned and hit a leaner for a 10 foot jumper to put the Dawgs up 80-78. Marquette called consective timeouts to diagram its last effort to either tie or win the game.
6:43 p.m. - With 5:18 left in the game Elston Turner connected on a three-point field goal to give the Huskies a 72-71 lead. Washington extended its run to 27-11 since the 13:51 mark (60-45 Marquette lead). Turner now has 14 points, is 5-for-6 from the field and 4-for-5 from the three-point arc. Four Huskies are in double-figures (Thomas 19, Turner 14, Pondexter 12, Bryan-Amaning 11). Lazar Hayward leads Marquette with 20, while Johnson-Odom has 19. Acker and Cubillan have 11 each.
6:40 p.m. - 6:43 remaining in the game and Marquette calls a 30-second timeout. The Huskies are on a 20-6 run to bring the score to 66-65 with the Golden Eagles leading by one point. As the timeout was called, Quincy Pondexter and David Cubillan were called for double technical fouls.
6:31 p.m. - 10:55 left in the game. Second media timeout of the second half. UW 54, MU 62. Washington seemed to regain the momentum and energy following that last run. After the timeout, the Huskies grabbed another steal and Pondexter drew a foul through sheer effort on an offensive rebound of an Elston Turner missed three-point attempt.
Washington regained a little of its shooting touch and is now 5-of-11 in the half. Marquette remains hot and is 7-of-11 from the field. The smaller Golden Eagles are outrebounding Washington surprisingly, 19-18. Both teams have 10 turnovers. Washington has six blocked shots, led by Bryan-Amaning's three.
6:30 p.m. - 11:34 left in the game. Marquette called a 30-second timeout after Washington went on a 9-2 run, keyed by an Isaiah Thomas basket and a steal, an Elston Turner three-pointer and a Venoy Overton layup. The Huskies are down 62-54.
6:24 p.m. - 13:51 left in the game. Coming out of the media timeout, Matthew Bryan-Amaning made just one of two free throws before Marquette nailed back-to-back three pointers to take a 60-45 lead. Isaiah Thomas was called for an offensive foul and Coach Romar called a 30-second timeout.
6:19 p.m. - 14:55 left in the game. First media timeout of the second half. UW 44, MU 54. Marquette came out in the second half and went on a 9-2 run over the first 5:00. The Golden Eagles are 5-of-9 from the field during that span, while UW went just 1-of-5 and were outrebounded 7-1.
6:11 p.m. - The second half has started with the both teams returning to their original starting lineups. Thanks to Max Waugh for providing photos at halftime, so go check out the Photo Gallery link at the top of this page.
5:50 p.m. - Halftime. UW 42, MU, 43. Both teams shot the ball well in the first half, which was not indicative of the defensive of either team. They both simply shot lights-out. Washington went 15-of-27 (.556) from the field and 6-of-9 (.667) from the three-point line. Marquette went 15-of-28 (.536) from the field and 7-of-11 (.636) from behind the arc.
Isaiah Thomas led all scorers in the game with 17 points. The Tacoma native was simply sensational, shooting 6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from the three-point arc. He also went 2-of-2 from the free throw line and handed out two assists. Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Justin Holiday each had 8 points. Pondexter struggled a bit, going 1-for-7 from the field and 2-of-6 from the free throw line.
Darius Johnson-Odom led Marquette with 13 points. He went 4-for-4 from the field. David Cubillan scored nine points, while Maurice Acker had 8. MU's leader, Lazar Hayward, scored just 5 points.
5:47 p.m. - Isaiah Thomas wowed the crowd just before the end of the first half. After Washington held Marquette to a shot clock violation, the buzzer went off to stop play. The ball went to Thomas just short of the midcourt line. The sophomore guard launched a shot from halfcourt that went in - but didn't count. After officials put time back on the clock, the Huskies inbound the ball and Thomas attempted another mid-court shot. This time, the ball was tracking straight to the goal but bounced off the back of the rim - much to the chagrin of the Huskies and the fans in attendance.
5:39 p.m. - More faces in the crowd for the Huskies is rising senior linebacker Mason Foster and track & field coach Greg Metcalf!
5:34 p.m. - 3:59 left in the first half. Fourth (and last) media timeout of the first half. UW 37, MU 33. Quincy Pondexter scored on a driving layup and drew a foul to put the Dawgs up four. He'll shoot a FT to try to convert the three-point play after the timeout. The two teams are still shooting pretty lights-out. Marquette is 13-of-25 (.520) from the field and 6-of-9 (.667) from the three-point line. Washington is 14-of-23 (.609) from the field and 6-of-7 (.857) from the three-point line. MU's Butler returned to the game with a tissue in his nostril after suffering from a bloody nose earlier.
5:26 p.m. - Play was stopped with 6:39 left in the game as Marquette's Jimmy Butler has a bloody nose. On Washington's last possession, it took the lead 30-29 on a quick baseline spin move and bank shot by Bryan-Amaning. Marquette came down and connected on a baseline layup to regain the lead.
5:20 p.m. - 7:38 left in the first half. Third media timeout of the first half. UW 28, MU 29. Wow, what a display of shooting by both teams. Scott Suggs entered the game for Washington. Venoy Overton gathered his second foul and might sit for a while. His second was a questionable call as the Marquette guard lowered his shoulder in Overton, then went to the ground and got the call. One interesting moment... With Marquette on a fast break, a Husky came from behind and knocked the ball out of bounds. It appeared to glance off a Marquette player but the official gave the Golden Eagles possession. From the front row, 6'-11" Spencer Hawes jumped out of his seat and let the official know he thought he made a mistake. To say the Husky section is excited and intense would be an understatement.
5:15 p.m. - After coach Romar had a brief "discussion" regarding the lack of a foul as Pondexter drove to the basket and was stipped of the ball, Marquette came down and drew a foul and converted the basket on a layin at the other end. Pondexter then took the ball on the right wing, raced to the basket and spun toward the goal and was fouled in the paint.
5:10 p.m. - 11:47 left in the first half. UW 17, MU 18. Second Media Timeout. Marquette went on a 6-2 mini-run over the last two-and-a-half minutes. Venoy Overton replaced Abdul Gaddy and Elston Turner came into the game for Justin Holiday during the last few minutes. The Huskies shot just 1-of-4 during that stretch but is now outrebounding Marquette 8-4. Six of Washington's seven field goals are assisted.
5:07 p.m. - Get a little fired-up much? Quincy Pondexter blocked a 12-foot jumper, then threw tne ball off a Marquette player coming out of the media timeout. The Fresno, Calif. native then did an emotional fist-pump.
5:02 p.m. - 14:15 left in the first half. UW 15, MU 12. First media timeout. A pretty fast-paced game so far. After Marquette hit a three-point field goal to go up 10-7, the Huskies went on an 8-0 run to take a 15-10 lead. The Golden Eagles scored on a driving layup to stop the bleeding. UW is 6-of-8 from the field with 2 blocks so far. The Dawgs are 3-for-3 from behind the 3-point line. Marquette is 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-3 in three pointers.
4:56 p.m. - We are underway!
4:54 p.m. - Sacramento Kings' forwards Jon Brockman and Spencer Hawes are among the Husky faithful in attendance today. The duo drove over from Sacramento this afternoon and will return after the game.
3:48 p.m. - NCAA officials have distributed the pre-game starting lineup sheets. No surprises for the Dawgs with Bryan-Amaning, Gaddy, Holiday, Pondexter and Thomas listed. Marquette has Acker, Butler, Cubillan, Hayward and Johnson-Odom listed. No Marquette starter is listed as taller than 6'-6" in height.
The officials for today's game are Leslie Jones, Don Daily, Michael Greenstein and Patrick Driscoll. Greenstein works regularly on the West Coast and officiates Pac-10 games. He officiated Washington's 81-75 win over Arizona on Feb. 4 at Bank of America Arena.
3:14 p.m. - It is halftime of the second game of the day and Texas-El Paso leads Butler 33-27. Interesting UW note related to UTEP - Miners' athletic director Bob Stull was the receivers coach and offensive coordinator at Washington under Don James from 1975-1984.
2:52 p.m. - The Huskies are on their way to the Arena. The team conducted a practice session (commonly called a walkthrough or shootaround) this morning at San Jose State. The team hotel is only about 5-7 minutes away so there shouldn't be any travel lag!
It is a beautiful day in San Jose. The sun is shining and it is about 76 degrees. The first game of the day was a doozie, with 13th-seeded Murray State knocking-off 4th-seeded Vanderbilt 66-65. MSU's Danero Thomas hit an 18-foot shot from the right wing as the buzzer sounded to give CBS the classic moment it will no doubt replay hundreds of times over the next few weeks.