Thursday, March 12, 2009

Washington 67, Stanford 59 -- second half

This was expected to be an interesting game because both teams are physical and Stanford is probably the best ninth-place conference team in the country. Sitting behind the Huskies bench, it's interested to see how much coaching former UCLA player Cameron Dollar does. The question for Dollar is how much longer he will have to wait for a head coaching position of his own.

Two jobs have just opened up -- Elon and Boston University -- two mid majors that may be a perfect fit for the 33-year-old Dollar. Of course, he may want something bigger and closet to his native Atlanta.

Back to the game: The Huskies led 38-35 at halftime fueled by three 3-pointers from Elston Turner, who came to Washington with the reputation of being a premium shooter. He has proved that. Eight of the 10 Huskies who played scored in the first half and I'm especially impressed with Englishmen Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who has a toughness that every team needs and he should be a nice replace for Jon Brockman next year in the starting lineup.

Stanford keeps hanging around but the matchup between the Cardinal's Landry Fields and Washington's Quincy Pondexter is a mismatch. Fielders scored 13 at halftime with eight rebounds and his combination of bulk and athleticism drives Pondexter crazy.

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