Nov. 30, 2009
Here's a look back at some of the sidebars from the Washington-Montana game on Sunday:
Romar gets win No. 150
Coach Lorenzo Romar got his 150th win as UW coach last night, and he's now six wins away from tying Tippie Dye for third on the Huskies' all-time list. The Dawgs, as a program, are now just five wins away from becoming the 19th team in NCAA men's basketball history to reach the 1,600 win mark.
UW Shooting Woes
The Huskies had a hard time putting the ball in the hoop last night. The team shot a season low 30.8% from the field (20-65), 31.6% from three-point range, and 65.4% from the line. The first half was even worse--UW scored just 24 points (a season low) and shot 8-33 (24.2%). This is the first time this season that UW has failed to shoot over 40%, and snaps a streak of three straight games of shooting over 40% from beyond the arc. Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas both came in averaging over 20 points a game but shot a combined 7-26 (26.9%), scoring 10 and 13 points, respectively. In the first half, the Grizzlies held Pondexter scoreless and Thomas to two points.
I.T. in the Clutch
Thomas came through in the clutch for the Huskies tonight, scoring 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half, and eight in the last 10 minutes of play. I.T. brought the crowd to its feet three times in a four minute span: he hit a three to tie the game 44-44 with 9:30 left, dished a gorgeous no-look, behind-the-head pass in traffic to Matthew Bryan-Amaning for a bucket, then hit another three with 6:11 left to give the Dawgs a seven-point lead (53-46, their largest lead of the game). Thomas is averaging 11.2 of his 20.6 points per game this season in the second half.
Venoy Overton didn't start tonight for the first time this season because he was late to practice yesterday morning. Coming off the bench was where Overton made his mark last season, and the junior guard showed why he was considered one of the best sixth men in the nation. The junior guard scored 10 points and dished four assists in just 20 minutes while constantly torturing whoever he was guarding. His 10-foot running floater with nine minutes left gave UW a 46-44 lead, their first since the score was 6-5. However, Overton's biggest play happened to be on the game's last possession. With the Dawgs leading 62-59 and with less than ten seconds left, Overton swatted an Anthony Johnson three-point attempt from the top of the key, then knocked down a free throw with four seconds left to seal the victory.
MBA Scores First...Again
Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored the first points of the game when he made two free throws 30 seconds in. This marks the third straight game that MBA has scored the first points. The junior forward from London, England had eight points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.
E.T. Breaks Out
Elston Turner matched his career highs with 11 points (4-8 FG, 2-6 three-point) and five rebounds. The sophomore from Missouri City, Texas seemed to make shots whenever the Huskies needed them most, most notably a three-pointer to cut the Montana lead to 44-40 with ten minutes left, and a pull-up 17-footer from the top to give the Huskies a 60-57 lead with 1:45 left.
Gant off the Bench
Sophomore forward Darnell Gant did not start for the first time this season (Romar opted for Tyreese Breshers) and didn't play until the second half. When he finally came off the bench with around 14 minutes left, Gant helped the Dawgs go on a 13-6 run, cutting the Montana lead from 38-27 to 44-40 in just four minutes. The 6'8' Gant provided valuable defense on Montana center Brian Qvale, who finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Gant finished with two points and four rebounds in just seven minutes. Prior to last night, he had started all but last season's senior night, when he relinquished his starting spot to Artem Wallace.
Eight players from the state of Washington were on display last night. Montana's Ryan Staudacher (Kirkland), Anthony Johnson (Tacoma), Michael Taylor (Brewster), and Sean Stockton (Spokane) all saw action last night, joining the Huskies' four in-state players--Thomas, Overton, Clarence Trent, and Abdul Gaddy. Staudacher, a Lake Washington High School product, scored eight points and knocked down two crowd-silencing three pointers, while Johnson, from Stadium High School, had 10 points and five assists. Both started and played over 35 minutes.
Stockton, nephew of Gonzaga and NBA great John Stockton, faced Venoy Overton back in 2007 when Stockton's Ferris HS team met Overton's Franklin in the 4A State High School semifinals. Ferris--led by Stockton, current Washington State forward D'Angelo Casto, and WSU leading receiver Jared Karstetter (who the Huskies beat 30-0 in the Apple Cup on Saturday), took down Overton and current Louisville guard Peyton Siva's Franklin team, 100-79.