March 11, 2010
UW Pac-10 Tournament Weekly Release
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10:54 p.m. - That's the ballgame. Dawgs make key free throws down the stretch to take a hard-fought 59-52 victory! Now, on to Stanford tomorrow night at 8:30.
10:46 p.m. - Turner slipped in and scored on a tip-in rebound after Thomas and Pondexter missed to make the score 56-49. OSU scored on a three-pointer then called timeout with :43.5 left with the score 56-52.
10:45 p.m. - Elston Turner has been big for the Dawgs. He's played more than 20 minutes just twice against Pac-10 opponents this season, but has easily eclipsed that tonight. Lorenzo Romar called a timeout up 54-49 with 1:27 left in the game. He is calling for toughness on the defensive end and intelligence offensively.
10:39 p.m. - Eighth (and final) Media Timeout: With 3:42 remaining, Washington leads 52-47. Coming back from the nine-point halftime deficit has been a team effort, but Isaiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter have combined for 18 of the UW's 30 points in second half.
10:30 p.m. - Seventh Media Timeout: With 7:00 left in the game, Washington holds a 49-41 lead after a Bryan-Amaning acrobatic putback off a Thomas missed three-point attempt. The Dawgs continue to assert themselves on both ends of the court (Frankly, they have looked solid on the defensive end all night). The UW looks more like a NCAA Tournament team in the second half, showing patience and adapting to whatever OSU throws at them.
Washington is now shooting .459 for the game after just .381 in the first half. OSU is still shooting just .333 percent and now has 13 turnovers. Washington is now leading the points off turnovers category by a 11-10 margin. For the record, the UW is 5-for-6 from the free throw line after going 3-for-7 in the first half.
10:28 p.m. - And-one by Pondexter gives him nine second half point with 8:53 left and gives the UW a seven-point lead at 46-39. On the ensuing OSU possession, Bryan-Amaning took a charge on Cunningham, drawing his fourth personal foul with 8:12 on the clock.
10:25 p.m. - With 9:21 left, Washington leads 43-39 and called a timeout. The Dawgs are shooting the ball better from the outside and, thus, finding a little more space to operate on the inside. Pondexter is beginning to assert himself, he has six second-half points. It's going to be a wild one down the stretch.
10:20 p.m., - Elston Turner connected on a calm, "Cool Hand Luke" three-pointer from the top of the key to give the UW a 40-37 led with 11:19 left. With 10:10 left, Thomas nailed another long-range three to give the Dawgs a six-point lead, their largest of the game.
10:16 p.m. - Sixth Media Timeout: With 11:55 left in the game, the score is tied at 37-37. Pondexter connected on a three-point play, Holiday scored on a layup off a turnover then Pondexter scored again to bring the Dawgs within three. Isaiah Thomas nailed a 21-foot three-pointer to tie the game with 12:24 remaining. The Husky faithful in attendance roared to life and the Staples Center got about as loud as it is able to get tonight.
Washington is shooting 5-for-9 this half for .556 percent. OSU is shooting just .333 and is milking the shot clock on every half-court possession.
10:11 p.m. - With 14:20 left in the game, Quincy Pondexter scored his first field goal to bring the Dawgs with four at 35-31. Pondexter now has 1,700 points in his UW career. That ties for fifth on the UW career scoring records with Eldridge Recasner, who is being inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor this weekend.
10:07 p.m. - Fifth Media Timeout: With 15:33 left in the game, OSU leads 35-27. The largest halftime deficit Washington has overcome this season was six points. OSU is using nearly the entire 35-second shot clock on each possession. The Dawgs are playing solid defense, limiting the Beavers to just a single shot or a turnover. OSU has three turnovers already this half. An interesting play was a turnover by UW's Overton that turned into a missed breakaway dunk by OSU's Josh Tarver.
9:47 p.m. - Washington softball All-American Ashley Charters was recognized at halftime as one of the State Farm Pride of the Pac honorees, a program that honors some of the great academic and athletic achievements from each of the league's institutions.
9:41 p.m. - Halftime: OSU leads Washington 31-22 at the half. To say it was a poor half for the Dawgs offensively would be a bit of an understatement. OSU played a stifling half-court defense that prevented the Huskies from finding many open shots.
Other than an incredibly hot-shooting OSU team (the Beavers were 6-for-6 at one point from the three-point line, they ended-up 6-for-8), the two teams have played pretty evenly. Statistically, there isn't much difference between the two sides. Perhaps, the most glaring statistic is the lack of offensive production from Quincy Pondexter. That will most likely be discussed at halftime, how to get the ball into one of the most productive offensive players in the Pac-10.
Washington's 22 first half points is the team's second-lowest total of the season. The fewest was a 19-point effort at Arizona State, a 68-51 ASU win.
9:38 p.m. - The Dawgs are showing some life. In the last few minutes, the UW has held OSU to poor shots as the shot clock winded down, Venoy Overton's steal and dunk brought the UW to within seven at 29-22 before the Beavers hit a shot to stretch the lead back to nine. As the half winds down, the Huskies seem to have a little more defensive intensity - making shots obviously helps. Quincy Pondexter is 0-2 tonight with just one point so far.
9:33 p.m. - Final Media Timeout of the 1st Half: With 3:11 remaining until halftime, OSU leads Washington 29-18. Matthew Bryan-Amaning ended another UW scoring drought with an inside basket and was fouled. After the TO, he will go to the free throw line. The Beavers have outscored the UW in the paint by a 6-2 margin and has eight points off UW's six turnovers. Cunningham re-entered the game and has a game-high nine points. OSU has outrebounded washington 12-9 thus far.
9:24 p.m. - Third Media Timeout: With 6:21 left in the first half, OSU leads Washington 27-16. The Beavers are an amazing 6-for-6 from behind the three-point arc. Schaftenaar hit back-to-back treys, while Omari Johnson (a 26 percent three-point shooter on the season) nailed one to extend the Beavers' lead to 11 points. OSU is shooting .529 in the game, while UW is shooting .385 and has five turnovers. Seven of OSU's nine field goals are assisted.
9:21 p.m. - Coach Romar calls a 30-second timeout with OSU leading 21-11 after a Roladn Schaftenaar three-point field goal. The Huskies haven't scored a field goal in about seven minutes. The original starting five, with the exception of Turner-for-Holiday is in the game. Turner ended the drought with a trey with 8:25 left on the clock.
9:17 p.m. - Officials have called a timeout as OSU's Jared Cunningham went down on the floor with an apparent foot injury. 10:43 left in the first half. Cunningham left the game with a little help from the Beavers' trainer. He has a team-high seven points.
9:13 p.m. - Second Media Timeout: With 11:28 left in the first half, the Beavers lead 16-11. Venoy Overton (Gaddy), Scott Suggs (Holiday), Tyreese Breshers (Amaning), Elston Turner (Thomas) and Darnell Gant (Pondexter) all came into the game within the last four minutes or so. The Beavers are shooting .455 from the field (5-of-11), while Washington is shooting just .333 (3-of-9). The Beavers are clogging up the inside, daring the UW guards to make the outside shot.
9:01 p.m. - First Media Timeout: With 15:55 left in the first half, the score is tied 10-10. The Dawgs went 3-for-5 from behind the three-point arc, while OSU went 2-for-2. Pretty even game. OSU's Angus Brandt earned his first career start tonight and has six points so far. Looks like a good move for Beaver coach Craig Robinson - so far.
8:50 p.m. - Starting lineup for the Dawgs: Abdul Gaddy, Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Justin Holiday. Starting lineup for the Beavers: Jared Cunningham, Roland Schaftenaar, Angus Brandt, Seth Tarver, Calvin Haynes.
8:45 p.m. - Looks like about an 8:55 p.m. tipoff. The buzzer is scheduled to sound to clear the floor at 8:50 with introductions immediately afterward. Section 111 is full of Husky fans with very few empty seats. However, it might not look great on television as many of the seats behind the benches (the side facing the TV cameras). The players and coaches made note of Stanford's upset of Arizona State and the Dawgs appear determined not to have that happen to them.
8:20 p.m. - Well, the biggest upset of the Pac-10 Tournament just took place with seventh-seeded Stanford knocking off No. 2 Arizona State 70-61 in the first game of the night session. That means, the Washington/Oregon State winner will face Stanford in the tournament semifinals tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. Washington defeated Stanford both times the two teams played this season. The UW's victory in Palo Alto was the Dawgs' first road win of the season - Washington has won four-straight games away from Bank of America Arena, heading into tonight's contest.
7:17 p.m. - Tonight's game will be televised live in HD by FSN. Check local listings for the channel in your area. The radio description by Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will be available live via the Washington ISP Sports Network and on the Internet through the Dawg Channel on GoHuskies.com (subscription required). The semifinals will also be televised by FSN, while the championship game on Saturday will air live on CBS-TV. A live Gametracker will also be available for tonight's game.
7:01 p.m. - The first game of the night session is at halftime and neither Stanford or second-seeded Arizona State are giving an inch, further proving that every team in the league believes it has a chance to win the title. The Sun Devils Rihards Kiksiks has a team-high 15 points and is 3-of-4 from behind the three-point line. Stanford was led in the first half by Landry Fields and Jeremy Green with seven points each.
The atmosphere is tons better than last night, when a sparse crowd was on hand for Oregon's overtime victory over Washington State in the play-in game. The afternoon session, which featured hometown favorite UCLA, is listed has having more than 12,000 in the Staples Center. Clearly, they were counting tickets sold. But, there were probably around 7,500 or so in actual attendance.
The Husky fans in attendance are sitting in section 111, which is the premium mid-court section across from the benches. There are several purple-clad Husky fans attending the first game, no doubt to see who the Dawgs would face in the semifinals tomorrow night.
11:30 a.m. - The UW men's basketball team safely arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday night around 8:30. They immediately were ushered to the hotel where they had a late-night meal and then turned in for the night.
A contingency of Washington staff members arrived throughout the day prior to the team for Pac-10, administrative and donor meetings. All 10 of the teams and their travel parties are staying at the J.W. Marriott, which is a block away from the Staples Center. The hotel opened a month ago and is spectacular to say the least. Besides the smell of newness and pristine amenities, the venue is decked out with Pac-10 banners and window clings.
You cannot walk throughout the hotel without rubbing elbows with familiar faces, despite the enormity of the building. An elevator will open up and out will pop players from Oregon State, California or any of the schools. There may even be a star or two you'll see. For instance, next door to this author is comedian Bill Murray. He has been sighted in the gym and the players saw him in the elevator.
While most of the players were in their rooms last night relaxing and watching television, some of the Washington travel party went to the arena to watch the Oregon-Washington State game. Across the bench from the Cougars at the Staples Center watching from the front row was actor Jeremy Piven. He saw an entertaining game that was won in overtime by Oregon. It was a tough way for the Cougars to lose, as they had plenty of opportunities to put away the Ducks, but were unable to do so because of missed free throws.
Today, the Huskies will have a lot of time to rest up and mentally prepare for their 8:30 tip time. The team had a 10:00 a.m. breakfast, followed by study tables. Finals week starts next week, giving every player something else to think about besides basketball.
The Dawgs will conduct shoot around this afternoon at Price High School, which is just down the way. If that school sounds familiar to you, it should. Tyreese Breshers is a proud alumni of the school.
After that, the team will return to the hotel and play a waiting game. All for now. Check back later for more updates.