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Final: UW 72, Pacific 54

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2008 at 11:49 am with No Comments »
November 29, 2008 11:49 am

This struck me a lot as similar to the game the Huskies played Tuesday against Florida, except against a weaker opponent.

That’s another way of saying that the Huskies have looked pretty good two games in a row here.

“Coming off of two losses was tough, but we were anxious to play,” senior Justin Dentmon said. “We knew we were going to come out with a lot of entergy, so we just wanted to stay focused throughout the game. … We know we are a good rebounding team, so we just have to cut down on our turnovers.”

Here’s my game story.

We’ll certainly learn more Thursday when they host Oklahoma State.

Some highlights:

Star of the game: UW junior Quincy Pondexter was extremely active while scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs.

Key stats: The Huskies outrebounded Pacific, 46-20. That helped overcome a 12-of-24 performance at the free throw line. Both teams committed 19 turnovers, many unforced.

Key run: Isaiah Thomas opened the scoring with a 3-pointer 10 seconds into the game. UW never lost that lead and played at least 10 points ahead through the entire second half.

Observations: UW returned to .500 at 3-3. Pacific fell to .500 at 2-2. … This was Pacific’s second game against a Pacific-10 Conference opponent. The Tigers had opened the season with a 68-56 loss at California.

Quotable: "This was not an emotional up-and-down affair. It wasn’t a sellout crowd. It wasn’t a nationally televised game where you just played on adrenaline. There were a lot of stops. There were a lot of turnovers. (Pacific) played a half-court game. And (Pondexter) played the way he did, that was very special." – UW coach Lorenzo Romar.

Next: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oklahoma State, Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series; Hec Edmundson Pavilion; FSN.

7:04 left Huskies still holding Tigers are arms-length without quite putting them away, 58-44.

Halftime: Justin Dentmon his an almost-NBA three to push the Huskies to their first double-digit lead.

Pondexter almost a halftime double-double: nine points and rebounds.

Brockman four points, one rebound, two fouls; but others picking up the slack nicely so far.

Huskies shooting .536; Tigers .440.

UW 3 of 8 at the line, but Pacific only 2 of 5.

Washington out-rebounding Pacific, 20-11.

1st/3:21: Huskies have led most of the way. Maybe all the way. But Pacific hanging close.

UW has nine turnovers, Pacific eight … lots only semi-forced.

Officiating crew calling lots of reaching fouls away from the hoop.

Quincy Pondexter really hustling: nine points, six rebounds.

12:55 Game about to start. As expected, Huskies are going with what has become their regular starting lineup: Brockman, Dentmon, Thomas, Gant and Pondexter.

Here’s today’s preview story.

11:45: The Huskies and Tigers are on the court at Hec Ed, warming up. Pacific in black, UW in their golds.

UW a 14-point favorite, which strikes me as a lot against what seems to be an NCAA-tournament contending team.

I’ll be back with any news as it breaks, and will keep a running blog through the game and after.

Tipoff is 1 p.m. on FSN.

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