March 12, 2010
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LOS ANGELES - After posting a dramatic come-from-behind 59-52 quarterfinal victory over Oregon State last night in the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, the Washington Husky men's basketball team advanced to face Stanford in the semifinals tonight at approximately 8:30 p.m. Both games will be televised live in HD by FSN. Check local listings in your area for the channel. Tomorrow's championship game will be broadcast live in HD by CBS-TV at 3 p.m.
Check back during the day, then hang with GoHuskies.com tonight for news and notes throughout the game.
10:52 p.m. - The Huskies are putting on a show in Hollywood. Darnell Gant, who has a huge contingent of family and friends here, has just thrown down two ridiculous dunks, causing his cheering section to erupt in applause.
10:46 p.m. - All the Huskies starters are out of the game and in just under four minutes the team will have booked its date with Cal in the final. After a slow start, Washington has sure responded in impressive fashion. One superlative from tonight is the Huskies' work from the line. The team is a season-best 23-of-25 (92 percent) from the stripe.
10:38 p.m. - Good night. Matthew Bryan-Amaning just threw down a MONSTROUS dunk on Stanford's Andrew Zimmerman, and it's safe to say the Huskies will book their tickets to the Pac-10 Tournament's championship game. MBA also has 10 rebounds tonight and has sent two shots into the expensive seats at Staples. But the dunk was the clear highlight of the night here, and Staples is STILL buzzing afterwards. Look for it on ESPN tonight.
10:33 p.m. - This game's turning a little chippy. Stanford's Jarrett Mann just picked up a technical foul and Andrew Zimmerman was called for an elbow violation for excessively swinging them and clipping Quincy Pondexter. Huskies are up 52-37, they're largest lead of the game. Isaiah Thomas is making his living at the top of the key, the soft spot in the Stanford zone.
10:25 p.m. - Second media timeout of the second half and the Huskies are up 46-35 with 11:39. A big stat disparity is in shooting percentage, where Washington has the second-half edge, 54-23. The only reason the Cardinal are within striking distance is because of Landry Fields, who has a double-double with 16-12. Isaiah Thomas is now in double-digits with 10 and is headed to the line for a couple of free throws.
10:13 p.m. - First media timeout of the second half and it's nice the game opened up a bit. Some of the tweets we've seen on Twitter haven't been the most complimentary about the tight officiating. Huskies are up 41-29 with 15:36 remaining. Q-Pons has 15 points to lead all scorers. MBA continues to patrol the paint, and threw down another impressive block that was nullified by an Abdul Gaddy foul.
10:21 p.m. - Twelve minutes to go in the second half and Stanford is already in the bonus. Luckily the Dawgs are still up by 11 at 46-35, but this could be an issue for the rest of the game and temper the Huskies on defense a bit.
10:02 p.m. - Rise up! Quincy Pondexter just threw down a monster dunk to put the Huskies up 36-22, leading to an immediate timeout from the Stanford bench. Safe to say the Dawgs are running away with this one, as the Cardinal still cannot generate offense away from Landry Fields.
9:45 p.m. - We've reached the half at Staples Center with the Huskies staked to a 28-19. Washington scored the final bucket of the half when Isaiah Thomas rose up for an elbow jumper with eight seconds remaining. Great news from the Huskies that they're up nine despite shooting just 28 percent from the floor (8-of-28). Stanford has struggled from the floor as well, and has committed eight turnovers in front of a ferocious Washington defense.
Quincy Pondexter leads the Dawgs with eight points, while MBA has collected eight rebounds. Stanford's Landry Fields leads the opposition with 10 points.
9:39 p.m. - There's the final media break with 2:02 remaining and the Huskies up 25-16. While the Dawgs are struggling to contain Cardinal star Landry Fields, they're locking up just about everyone else in red. The rest of the Stanford lineup is just 3-of-15 (20 percent) from the floor.
9:36 p.m. - Thirty second timeout with 3:08 remaining. The Huskies are beginning to assert themselves in the latter stages of the first half, making a more concerted effort to attack the rim and draw fouls. The Huskies are 10-for-11 from the line. Stanford, down 23-14, didn't even wait for the final media timeout, needing a break to regroup.
9:24 p.m. - Third media timeout with 7:48 remaining in the first half. The Huskies have "raced" out to a 14-8 lead. A little sarcasm because, yes, this game has been a little sloppy. UW has been lights out on defense, clogging the passing lanes and denying the ball to Stanford's wings. Venoy Overton, as usual, has been the instigator in that effort. Quincy Pondexter leads all scorers with six points.
9:12 p.m. - Second media timeout with 11:51 remaining in the first half and we're knotted up at 6-6. The Huskies have missed some point-blank layups on offense, including a wide-open bunny from Quincy Pondexter that rimmed in and out. Justin Holiday has done an impressive job of denying Landry Fields the ball on defense. Unfortunately, the slow tempo is playing right into Stanford's hands, as the Cardinal are using most of the shot clock on O and getting back quick on defense.
9:11 p.m. - Let's just say MBA has ownership of the paint tonight. He just sent a Stanford layup attempt into the fifth row of the posh seats at Staples Arena.
9:06 p.m. - First media timeout with 14:44 remaining in the first half and the Huskies have a 4-2 lead. Not a ton of scoring going on at Staples, obviously, as both teams have missed some bunnies inside. The Huskies are 1-for-9 from the floor while the Cardinal are 1-for-7. Quincy Pondexter and Venoy Overton with the points so far for Washington.
9:01 p.m. - One matchup fans here are interested in seeing is Huskies defensive hawk Justin Holiday versus Stanford's Landry Fields. Holiday has already picked the Cardinal star's pocket, and then followed it up with a block of a dunk attempt.
8:57 p.m. - Scary moment here as Quincy Pondexter went down hard on the deck while going up for a rebound. No worries, the senior got up and calmly sank both of his free throws. Huskies take a quick 2-0 lead.
8:54 p.m. - We have the starting lineups for both teams. The Huskies will be going with the familiar crew of Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter, Abdul Gaddy, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Justin Holiday. Stanford counters with Landry Fields, Drew Shiller, Jarrett Mann, Jeremy Green and Jack Trotter.
8:47 p.m. - The Huskies are back on the court and we're a little over five minutes from tip-off here at the Staples Center. To give you a sense of the scene here, well, let's just say there's a lot of purple. Section 111 is particularly full of Huskies fans, including Washington Athletic Director Scott Woodward.
8:21 p.m. - Well, this one is in the books and Cal defeated UCLA 85-72 to reach the Pac-10 Tournament final where they await the winner of the Washington vs. Stanford game. The top-seeded Bears have won six straight games and nine of their last 12.
The Washington/Stanford game is scheduled to tip-off at approximately 8:55 p.m. (PT).
8:04 p.m. - The Cal Bears have stretched out to a 10-point lead at 69-59 with just 4:35 left to play in its semifinal game against UCLA. The game has been emotional and hard fought, albeit not pretty. Cal coach Mike Montgomery received a technical foul for protesting a call a bit too vigorously. But, it looks like the Bears should finish this one and advance to tomorrow's final.
7:01 p.m. - Cal and UCLA are playing a pretty tight contest in the first game of the evenning. With 3:00 left, the Bruins are holding on to a slim 31-28 lead. The two teams aren't playing the prettiest game, they've combined for 15 total turnovers. Let's hope that isn't the trend for the evening.
The Cal/UCLA game didn't tip-off until around 6:20 p.m., meaning the UW game is looking more like an 8:55ish tip - much like last night.
4:00 p.m. - Cal's band, cheerleaders and fans have gathered in the lobby of the JW Marriott to give a rousing sending off to the Golden Bear men's basketball team. Cal faces UCLA in tonight's first semifinal game at 6 p.m.
Earlier, UW's own Eldridge Recasner and Mike Hayward were involved in a special State Farm Alumni Shootout at LA Live. Word is they performed very well, easily knocking off a duo from Cal that seemed a little... well, ill prepared.
1:15 p.m. - The Husky band, cheerleaders and Harry Husky have joined several of the other Pac-10 bands at Nokia Plaza in LA Live, across from the Staples Center and adjacent to the JW Marriott, in a "battle of the bands" competition and pep rally. There is an outdoor basketball court, a DJ and other tournament-related activities. No truth to the rumor that Harry and the Stanford Tree mascot had any "incidents."
12:45 p.m. - Since last night's game against Oregon State didn't end until nearly 11 p.m. and postgame obligations extended the night until nearly midnight, the team was able to sleep in this morning. The team woke around 10 a.m., had a 10:30 a.m. breakfast buffet and, after a little downtime, watched film and conducted a scouting session for tonight's opponent - Stanford. The Huskies will go to the Staples Center around 1:30 p.m. for a 40-minute shootaround and walk-through.