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December 15, 2007

Portland game thread

Posted by Bob Condotta at 2:29 PM

HUSKIES ESCAPE --- UW wins 67-63 thanks to a heady play by Ryan Appleby at the end of the game, hitting a running banker as the shot clock ran out with six seconds left. He had 18 to lead UW. But this feels like a step backward for this team after the tight game with Pitt a week ago.

More later.

AND STILL A GAME --- It's 60-57 with 3:53 left but Portland will be shooting two FTs when we come out of the time out. A few calls haven't gone UW's way here in the last few minutes but that's hardly the reason this one remains close --- Portland has been whistled 30 times to 24 for UW so far. Portland continues to have a rebounding edge, 30-24.

STILL A TIGHT ONE --- UW leads 54-53 with 7:13 left but Portland has the ball (though just five seconds on the shot clock). UW is shooting better this half --- 10-15 --- with Brockman finally getting going a little as he has nine points, though he didn't get his first field goal until there was 12:25 left in the game. Just a sluggish effort by UW no matter how it turns out from here.

TIED AT 44 --- 11:46 left and it's still a game here. UW had a three-point lead and a three-on-one break when Justin Dentmon threw a lob pass that was intercepted and led to a three-point play the other way, killing a chance for UW to begin to pull away. UW has held Portland to 4-14 shooting this half but the Pilots are hanging around. Real surprising is that Portland has a 26-20 rebounding edge. UW is at plus-7.9 for the season in rebounding.

APPLEBY BREAKS DROUGHT --- UW looks fired up forcing TOs on Portland's first two possessions and with Ryan Appleby following each with three-pointers --- the first two of the game for UW. But Portland still holds a 33-32 with 18:19 left.

LONG HALFTIME TALK?: Might have been a pretty intense halftime for UW asthe team didn't come back out onto the floor until there was 1:30 left before the half --- usually teams come back out at the 4-5 minute mark. That left just enough time for a shot or two and then to the bench, with a lot of players just heading straight to the bench. Lineup looks the same. First five minutes should be interesting.

PILOTS AHEAD 30-26 --- Portland has a 30-26 lead at halftime and UW as the Huskies are just 10-30 from the floor. Nik Raivio has 13 points for Portland having hit 3-5 three-pointers. UW is 0-7 from beyond the arc while Portland is 5-12. Portland has lost 11 turnovers but is shooting 12-24 to make up for it. UW has no one with more than four points and the offense is quite stagnant so far.

PORTLAND NOW AHEAD 22-18 --- Huskies are 8-25 shooting and now have seven turnovers after taking care of the ball well the first 10 minutes. UW seems to be playing good defense but Portland has been patient on offense and gotten a few good shots near the end of shot clocks. UW is just bad on offense right now and Brockman continues to be scoreless going 0-4.

PORTLAND AHEAD 20-17 --- Could have been 23-17 but a three-pointer by Taishi Ito was just waved off due to an offensive foul inside. Ito has been the best point guard on the floor so far with eight points, two assists and at least one steal. Portland is on a 7-2 run. Jon Brockman doesn't have a point for UW having been well guarded by Portland's Kramer Knutson.

PRETTY SHAKY BEGINNING --- It's tied 11-11 with 11:57 left as the Huskies are having trouble getting their offense going. UW is just 5-16 shooting and 0-5 on three-pointers. Portland is 2-4 beyond the arc which is keeping the Pilots in it so far. UW is turning up the heat defensively and has forced seven turnovers, though a few have been unforced, while losing just one. Pretty subdued crowd here so far.

INTERESTING STARTING LINEUP --- The starters have been announced and it's another different lineup --- Artem Wallace, Tim Morris, Joel Smith, Ryan Appleby and Jon Brockman. A big move for Wallace, who has gone from last guy on the bench to starter in two weeks.

PRE-GAME --- A half-hour before tipoff and it'll be interesting to see what kind of crowd comes for a game on what is a busy Saturday.

For my story today I wrote about Portland freshman Luke Sikma, the son of Jack Sikma. If nothing else, he should provide some intrigue today.


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