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.
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.