Husky Hoops Rewind
Nov. 5, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington Husky men's basketball three-headed monster at point guard all produced in different ways. Last year's leading scorer Isaiah Thomas came out shooting early and often, compiling a game high 18 points (6-14 FG, 4-7 FT). Defensive specialist Venoy Overton lived up to his reputation, providing menacing man-to-man defense to go along with his game high four steals. Freshman point guard Abdul Gaddy, known for his superb passing ability, led the game with six assists and wowed the crowd on more than one occasion. All three were on the court together for a good portion of the game. Coach Romar said after the game that the three-guard lineup would 'happen situationally.'
The athleticism of the Huskies was a constant challenge for the visiting Wildcats to overcome. UW outscored CWU 42-20 in the paint, and the Husky front line of Darnell Gant (6-foot-8) and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (6-foot-9) each had 10 rebounds.
The quick, pesky Husky defense caused CWU to turn the ball over 21 times, resulting in 22 Husky points. Washington was also constantly contesting Wildcat shots, forcing CWU to shoot a 23.4 percent (15-of-64) from the field.
Redshirt freshman Tyreese Breshers showed Husky fans why they might not miss Jon Brockman as much as they thought. At 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, Breshers was forceful and aggressive in his debut. Twice he was posted up and went straight to the hoop, moving any defenders in his way, and scored easily in Brockman-esque fashion.
In just 14 minutes, the Los Angeles native compiled six points, three rebounds, and a block. After missing last season with a leg injury, Husky players are happy to have the wide-body occupying the middle of the key. Quincy Pondexter called Breshers a 'garbage disposal' because of his ability to finish around the hoop. Pondexter also commented that Breshers is 'very similar to Brock' and 'has a bright future here.'
The Huskies came out fast on the visiting Wildcats, jumping out to a 30-10 lead. Ten minutes into the game, the Wildcats had more turnovers (8) than points (7) and had only attempted 10 field goals to UW's 21. At halftime, UW had outrebounded CWU 36-25 (include a 14-7 advantage on the offensive end) and was shooting twice as efficiently (31.7% to 14.8%). Second chance points were a constant luxury for the Dawgs, compiling 12 in the first half.
Just like at times in recent years, free throws were a headache for the Dawgs. The team shot 48.6 percent (18-37) for the game, and a frustrating 35.3 percent (6-17) in the second half. Isaiah Thomas missed his first three (he finished 4-for-7), Darnell Gant made 2-of-6, and Tyreese Breshers hit only 2-of-5.
Coach Romar commented that it could have been attributed to the team's nine-straight days of practice leading up to the game. 'We didn't have our legs today,' Romar said.
Team captain Quincy Pondexter was consistent and effective, stabilizing the offense with control and leadership in his 22 minutes of play (mostly in the first half). He scored 15 points (5-10 FG), grabbed seven rebounds, and added an assist and a steal. Aggressive with the ball, QP constantly used his athleticism to take it to the hoop and draw fouls (he was 4-of-7 from the line).