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Archives: Jan. 2010


Pac-10 doubleheader on FSN tonight

The Huskies and Cougars have the night off tonight, as they prepare for their Apple Cup of hoops at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

However, all other Pac-10 teams are in action: Cal is at Arizona State in a game with title implications. Stanford is at Arizona. And in a pair of games that will be broadcast back-to-back on FSN, USC is at Oregon State at 5:30, and UCLA is at Oregon at 7:30.

Here’s a look at all four games.


Quick look at a long game: UW 123, SU 76

The game was looong because of Seattle U’s decision to get hyper-physical with the Huskies in the second half. The tactic became so obvious that the officiating crew called both coaches together and warned that they were willing to call every foul the rest of the way without being worn down.

Then they lived up to their word.

A total of 78 fouls were called during the game – including 28 on Seattle over the final 20 minutes. Along the way, six Redhawks fouled out, and SU played the final minute and a half with four men on the

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Thomas-less UW crushes Seattle, 123-76

Whatever else the Washington Huskies might or might not accomplish this season, they have unquestioned bragging rights for the city of Seattle.

The Huskies dominated cross-town rival Seattle University from the start Tuesday, on their way to a 123-76 win before a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

It was UW’s highest point total since 1992.

UW surged to an 18-0 lead in the first five minutes. The lead reached 20 points in the eighth minute, 30 points in the 14th minutes, and 40 points in the 19th minute.

Washington led 61-20 at halftime, and the second half played out as a foul-heavy suspense-free slog to the final buzzer. Seattle U ended the game with four players on the court after six Redhawks fouled out.

The Huskies domination came without No. 2 scorer Isaiah Thomas, who was scratched just before game time due to stomach illness. Quincy Pondexter had 27 points, leading six Huskies who scored in double figures. Included among them were Venoy Overton, who had a career-high 20 points while starting in place of Thomas; and Abdul Gaddy of Tacoma, who had 10 points on his 18th birthday.

The Redhawks, who wore 50s-era throwback uniforms were led by Charles Garcia, who had 20 points while wearing the No. 22 of Seattle U. legend Elgin Baylor.

The result snapped a two-game losing steak for the Huskies (13-7).

Washington returns to Pacific-10 Conference play at 12:30 p.m. Saturday against another geographic rival, as Washington State visits Edmundson Pavilion.

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Isaiah Thomas out with illness (updated)

We’ve just gotten word that Isiah Thomas will miss tonight’s game against Seattle U. due to stomach illness.

Venoy Overton will start in his place.

The Huskies are one man short as they warm up for tonight’s game against Seattle University.

No. 2 scorer Isaiah Thomas hasn’t taken the court due to illness. His availability for this game is being called a game-time decision.

The sophomore guard from Tacoma averages 17.6 points, four rebounds and 2.7 assists.


Countdown to tipoff: Seattle U. at UW, 7 p.m.

Hour before tip: Most of the Huskies and a couple of Redhawks are on the court at Hec Ed — Huskies in home whites, and Redhawks in throw-back burgundy.

This projects as a game where UW could really hit an iceberg with a loss, while not exactly righting the season with a win. That said, this is the first game of a four-game homestand, and a UW sweep would provide a 16-7 record that would perk up the mood considerably by the time the Huskies hit the road for the first of two games against the Bay schools on Feb.

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If Zags No. 1, who’s No. 2 in state?

With Gonzaga the only ranked (and highly ranked) team in the state right now, I asked coach Lorenzo Romar if tonight’s game against Seattle U. and the Saturday afternoon game against Washington State could serve as a sort of round-robin to determine who’s No. 2.

He asked me to repeat the question, and we still may not have fully communicated, because his answer dealt more with “program” rather than “team this year.”

Still, here’s the answer:

“I don’t’ think you can look at one game and decide that. I think you look at the body of work with all

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