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Final: Washington 84, Stanford 83

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm with No Comments »
January 8, 2009 6:15 pm

Amazing game. More exclamation points than a Nick Holt paragraph.

Brockman gets the winning points on a put-back of an MBA miss. Then Stanford misses on a full-court pass on their final chance.

UW’s ninth straight win. It moved them to 11-3 overall and to 2-0 in the Pac-10.

Brockman led UW with 18 points — including the game-winner — and a game-high 12 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures were Isaiah Thomas (18), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (17) and Quincy Pondexter (14).

For Stanford, Anthony Goods had a game-high 19 points. Mitch Johnson of Seattle added 12.

Naturally, the Huskies were feeling pretty good about themselves after.

A few quotes:

Isaiah Thomas

It was a big win. Coming back from Washington State, getting that win, we stepped up against Stanford and just got better. We’ve been working on Stanford and we were doing a good job of not holding our heads down. Coach said there was going to be a lot of adversity in this game, but keep your head up and just play through it, and my guys did a great job of that.

On the loud home crowd of 9,291:

We’ve just got to protect our home, that’s what coach said. Protect our home, make sure we get no losses here. Our crowd really helped us down the stretch.

Mathew Bryan-Amaning

On winning on an offensive rebound and put-back by Brockman:

I guess it’s our identity now. We’re not really thinking about it. Whatever we’ve got to do to get it done.

On this quicker but smaller Stanford team:

bviously them not having the Lopez twins obviously is a really good help for us. The way we’ve been hitting the glass, not just myself but Jon and Quincy and Darnell all together it’s been a real big thing for us.

Jon Brockman

On his winning basket:

That play seemed to take about 30 minutes. The ball was in the air forever. I saw Matt taking the shot from the right, kind of mid-post. I just had a feeling it was going to come off the back side and I kind of went in and wedged myself in, and luckily it came right to me.

Halftime: Stanford ended the half with an 8-0 run, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Brockman has 16, MBA 11, Thomas 10.

Stanford is led by Anthony Good, 11; and Landry Fields, 10.

1st/3:46: Really fun, fast flowing first half.

Both teams look mightly athletic. The difference right now is only UW has Jon Brockman. He leads all scorers with 14 points, and with his ninth point went over the 1,500-point mark in his career.

Tipoff: We’ve just had the national anthem, and the introductions are up next.

Huskies going with usual starting lineup: Brockman, Dentmon, Pondexter, Gant and Thomas.

Another small crowd … once again probably due to the weather, and this time also because of the conflict with the BCS championship game.

6:10: There’s nasty traffic out there, as you may have heard. And, of course, there’s a football game on tonight, as you also may have heard.

But this should be a pretty good basketball game, too. I’ll pop in here with any pre-game news. Then keep a running blog through the game. Then be back with postgame notes and quotes.

Tipoff is 7:30, and it’s on FSN.

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