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Archives: Feb. 2010


Game in review: UW 59, WSU 52

There’s a more traditional game story in the post below. Here are the highlights:

Star of the game: Washington’s Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 22 points. But his timing was as crucial as his totals, as he hit two big treys and several key free throws down the stretch. And as he pointed out after with a smile, he’s now 4-0 against the Cougs for his career.

Key stats: Washington outrebounded WSU, 42-35. Maybe more importantly, after giving up 12 offensive rebounds in the first half, UW allowed the Cougars only three more in the second. … The

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Washington holds off Cougars, 59-52

Two halves could hardly have been more different. But when fit together into 40 minutes in a roaring and sold-out Beasley Coliseum, the Washington Huskies finally outlasted rival Washington State, 59-52, to sweep the series for the second straight season.

“Give Washington State a lot of credit,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “They knuckled down and fought back and got after us. The crowd was great tonight – it kind of helped them along. But give our guys a lot of credit, too. We were down one, and our guys just put the chinstraps on.”

For 20 minutes it seemed there would be no struggle at all as the Huskies dominated early, taking a 35-21 halftime lead.

However, the Cougars opened the second half with a 21-6 run and nosed in front briefly before UW shook off the roaring crown and regained control.

“Our guys really did work as hard as they could,” WSU coach Ken Bone said. “I know we as a staff are really proud of the effort they gave.”

The Cougars’ first-half troubles were exemplified by leading scorer Klay Thompson, who was shut out and missed his first eight shots. However, his first basket came about 13 minutes from the end, and it pulled the Cougars even, 39-39.

“We came out with a purpose in the second half after starting off stagnant,” Thompson said. “We just didn’t start the game with a lot of focus.”

WSU took its first lead on a James Watson free throw with about 11 minutes left, and its final lead on a DeAngelo Casto jumper about four minutes later.

Then a Scott Suggs 3-pointer put the Huskies back in front, Isaiah Thomas hit another trey and some key free throws. Suddenly, Washington was back in front – not comfortably, but for good.

“We had guys that just didn’t want to give it away,” Romar said. “Down the stretch we began to get more loose balls. We began to limit them to one shot. … I just think we put our chinstraps on and finished the task.”

Washington (19-9 overall, 9-7 Pacific-10 Conference) won with some key shooting down the stretch by Thomas, who led all scorers with 22 points.

“I’m 4-0 as a Husky playing the Washington State Cougars,” Thomas said. “So, I’m happy about that.”

Matthew Bryan-Amaning ended with 17 points – 15 in the first half — and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Washington State (16-12, 6-10) was led by DeAngelo Casto, who had 19.

Both teams’ leading scorers had off nights. Washington’s Quincy Pondexter had seven points on 3-of-11 shooting, while Thompson ended with five points on 2-of-14 shooting.

Next, both teams conclude their regular seasons this week with trips to the Oregon schools. WSU visits Oregon State on Thursday, while Washington plays its final visit to Oregon’s Mac Court.

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Early look at next ‘Apple Cup of Hoops’

The stakes may not be all that either team wanted, but it’s still purple and crimson, Huskies and Cougs.

Here’s an early look at their coming match in Pullman.

7 p.m. Saturday, Beasley Coliseum, Pullman.
TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AM (UW) and 850-AM (WSU).

Series: UW leads 170-98 overall, and 70-61 at WSU. The Huskies won the earlier meeting this season, 92-64 on Jan. 30 in Seattle.

Statistical leaders: For UW – F Quincy Pondexter, 20.3 ppg and 7.9 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.3 apg. For WSU –

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Ex-UW coach Winter bound for Hall

Former Washington coach Tex Winter is among eight inductees that will be enshrined into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November.

Winter recorded 454 victories in his college career that included stops at Marquette (1952-53), Kansas State (1954-68), Washington (1969-71), Northwestern (1974-78) and Long Beach State (1979-83). In his three seasons at UW, his teams went 45-35, finishing .500 or better during each season (13-13, 1969; 17-9, 1970; 15-13, 1971).

More info at GoHuskies.com.


A football conversation Huskies would especially enjoy

Good time to lay low and let other smack hit the fan – which is certainly taking place in Eugene with the Oregon Ducks.

A program plagued by arrests, bar fights, and felony allegations is really taking it on the chin.

And an early-week radio interview between Ducks coach Chip Kelly and Oregonian columnist John Canzano is proof of that.

Here is the link to get there.