Cold Blooded 3
Tuesday evening found the Huskies in the “Concrete jungle where dreams are made” with seven seconds being the difference between standing in the spotlight or walking back down the dark tunnels of Madison Square Garden as they squared off against the 11th ranked, Marquette Golden Eagles in the 2011 Jimmy V Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Although the Huskies exploded out to an early 11-2 lead, fueled by Darnell Gant‘s quick start, it was only a matter of time before the Eagles fought back, who after taking the lead with six minutes left in the first half, entered the locker room holding a 37-34 advantage.
Leading the turnaround was senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom, with seven of his game high 23 points the six minute span.
A pair of long distance bombs by UW guard C.J. Wilcox returned the lead in favor of the Huskies early in the second half, before a crazy final twelve minutes in which neither team was able to hold grasp of their lead.
Not only were there fifteen lead changes and four ties to close out the game, the style of play changed dramatically as well over that period. In a flurry of jumpers, layups and post ups, both teams looked as though they were attacking the basket against “dummy D” in practice for the majority of the second half.
It wasn’t until the final four minutes in which the defense played a key role in the outcome.
With just over a minute left on the clock, it was time for Huskies guard, Terrance Ross to go to work, cleaning up a miss by point man Abdul Gaddy and then giving the Huskies a one point lead with fifteen clicks on the board.
Enter Jae Crowder.
Going 0-3 for his first thirty two minutes and fifty three seconds of court time, it was the final seven seconds in which Crowder’s biggest basket of his 18 points came.
Getting by both Desmond Simmons and Gant, Crowder tickled the twine for a baseline three to give the Eagles a 79-77 lead.
Although there was time for one final Huskies attempt, which at this point, a buzzer beater would have not surprised any of the 8200 spectators in attendance, Gaddy’s final attempt failed.
Despite the loss and the questionable defensive play during the second half, the unranked Huskies proved to many, that they not only have the ability to be a force in the Pac12, but will definitely fall under the category of a team that nobody wants to face come tournament time.
If Tuesday night’s game against Marquette is any indication where the Huskies are, at this point in the season, the much anticipated matchup against Duke this Saturday will certainly set the tone for the upcoming Pac12 schedule.
Their record…4-3 now on the young season.
Terrence Ross led the Huskies in defeat with 19 points and nine boards off the bench.
Turnovers need to be cleaned up. With Duke getting knocked off by Ohio State they’re not as scary yet as they will be come March. UW can and should give the Dukie’s a game. (If they get HOT)
Foul Shooting – Tony Wroten Jr. can get to the line anytime he wants it seems. He’s got to start knocking down some shots from the charity stripe.
Marquette 79, Washington 77
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials: # Tim Clougherty, # Joe Lindsay, # Ray Natili