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.
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.
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
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
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.