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Archives: Dec. 2006

Dec.
28th

Going into overtime

Jon Brockman hit two free throws to tie it at 64-64, and then the Huskies caught another break as the refs allowed Ryan Appleby a solid bump on Gabe Pruitt before his final shot missed.

Dec.
28th

Halftime: UW 36, USC 31

The Trojans actually held the lead most of the half. However, Ryan Appleby came off the bench to nail five three-pointers – including one just ahead of the halftime buzzer to give the Huskies a lift into the locker room.


Behind Appleby, UW’s leading scorer with Spencer Hawes with 8.


USC was led by Taj GIbson, with 9.

Dec.
28th

USC pregame

Amazingly, Southern California remains last in Pac-10 attendance. Despite a very nice new arena and a pretty good team, an average of 3,668 have turned out for the Trojans first nine home games.


We’re about 10 minutes from tipoff now, and the place seems about a quarter filled. Even with LA notorious for late-arriving crowds, this doesn’t look good. Worse, there are so few students here that I can’t tell where the student section is. Not a good sign.


Anyway, I’ll hope in again at halftime with some notes, and then after the game.

Dec.
28th

First impressions on USC’s Galen Center

I’m in the Pac-10′s newest basketball arena, and initial impressions are pretty good.


From the outside, the place is mostly just a big brick box. But the inside is very cool: dark red seats all around – all padded, all theater-type seats, even in what will eventually be the student section. (I’m not sure where that is yet, because it’s still early enough where the doors apparently haven’t opened to the general public.


The big architectural flourish is in what must be the north end zone: which has one level of seating and above that is a glass

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Dec.
26th

Spencer Hawes picked Pac-10 player of the week

Here’s the release from the Pacific-10 Conference:


WASHINGTON center Spencer Hawes has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for December 18-24, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.


Hawes, a freshman from Seattle, Wash., averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in leading the Huskies to a pair of victories last week. He opened the week with his first career double-double in recording career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds in the 88-72 win over No. 12 LSU. He shot 10-of-16 (.625) from the field and was instrumental in stopping LSU All-American Glen “Big

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Dec.
24th

Holiday break

The Huskies practiced a bit on Saturday and now are off for a couple of days. Several are going home for Christmas. Everyone is expected back on Tuesday to begin preparations for Pacific-10 Conference play and the league opener Thursday at surging Southern California.


While the Huskies are taking their holiday break, I’m sort of planning on taking one too. If news breaks, I’ll certainly pop in here, but otherwise, I may not post again until Tuesday.


Meanwhile, happy holidays to all of you, and thanks for reading and/or contributing to this blog.

Dec.
22nd

Final: UW 80, Weber State 51

Star of the game: UW center Spencer Hawes hit 10 of 14 shots from the field on his way to a game-high 23 points. He added nine rebounds, falling one short of his second straight double-double.


Key stats: Washington outrebounded Weber, 47-24. … The Huskies forced the Wildcats into 21 turnovers, while committing 11. … Weber shot 34.8 percent from the field.


Key runs: After falling behind 21-10 in the first 10 minutes, the Huskies went on a 14-0 run that gave them the lead and control of the game. In the second half, Washington unleashed an 11-0

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Dec.
22nd

Halftime: UW 38, Weber State 30

Washington came out flat and actually trailed 21-10 after about 10 minutes. Then they righted themselves with a 14-0 run and seem to have things under control at halftime.


The two big guys are carrying the scoring load again: Spencer Hawes 13 points and Jon Brockman 11.