Postgame: Here's my game story from the Friday paper.
Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
Jon Brockman led all rebounders with 18.
Western Washington's Michael Duty -- formerly of Bellevue Community College -- led the Vikings with 17 points, and Morris Anderson of Federal Way had a really fascinating stat line: 12 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, five steals and four assists.
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In general, the Huskies seemed to think they showed some flashes that they can be a very good team... but that they didn't show it for 40 minutes.
Coach Lorenzo Romar: "Well, it was good for us to finally get out on the floor. I look back to trying to compare to where we were last year at this time, and I think we're further along. I thought we played very good defense in spurts. I thought we had too many spurts when we didn't. And we can't do that. We can't do that next Saturday when we play at Portland. But overall there were a lot of positives."
ISIAH THOMAS: "It was a blessing from God. It was something I've been looking forward to, my family has been looking forward to, and it finally came today and I was just blessed to experience something like that."
JON BROCKMAN: "I thought we played like 30 minutes of great basketball. There were times when we were playing and I thought we were unbelievable. We were working together. On the defensive end, guys were moving, guys were talking. But then we played like that for a little bit and all of a sudden go dead and guys weren't getting back on defense. But for the most part I thought we played a pretty good ball game.
WWU coach BRAD JACKSON on Thomas: "I've watched him play a lot growing up and what he did tonight was not surprising. Obviously, he is more mature than most freshmen, having been out of high school a couple of years. He creates so many things for you on offense. It is like guarding air: He is there, and then he's not there. He will be a great addition to their ballclub."
Final: Good news: Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 27 points and looks to be the real thing, a difference-making scorer/passer who will change games.
Bad news: The defense has to play better than this.
I'll be back in a while with stats, notes and quotes.
Obviously, this exhibition against a Division II school isn't going to be about result, it's going to be about clues to what this Husky team might become.
A few observations along the way:
*The starting lineup was composed of Jon Brockman, Quincy Pondexter, Darnell Gant, Isaiah Thomas and Justin Dentmon.
*The first three Huskies off the bench were Mathew Bryan-Amaning, Venoy Overton and Elston Turner. The next two were Joe Wolfinger and Justin Holiday.
*With the starters on the floor, Thomas brought the ball of the court with Dentmon as the off guard. When Thomas shared the backcourt with Overton, Overton handled the point.
*Jon Brockman took the first UW free throw of the new season, and nailed it, drawing cheers. He also hit the second. The Huskies' streak ended at three, when Thomas missed the second of two free throws. However, the Huskies ended up hitting 10 of 15 free throws in the first half ... an upgrade from the awful 58.6 percent of last season, but not as good as what they're hoping.
*From the floor, UW is 18 of 42 from the field .... only 42.9 percent against a Division II school.
*Thomas is fearless in going to the hoop. However, so far he is only going left.
*Thomas also provided the highlight of the night, a nice short of hook across-court pass behind his head to Justin Dentmon.
*Prize 2009 recruit Abdul Gaddy of Bellarmine is here and drew a chant from the Dawg Pack.
Tipoff: UW starters are Isaiah Thomas, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter, Jon Brockman and Darnell Gant.
Here we go.
5:50: A reminder that the game won't be on either TV or radio. However, there is a free video feed from the UW Website's Dawg Channel All-Access.
5:45: The teams are out on the floor for warmups. The Huskies uniforms -- home and road -- are unchanged from last season.
5:30 At Hec Ed for a first look at the new Huskies.
Jon Brockman, who hurt his back a bit earlier this week, ran through some early practices and looked fine.
The only other remaining question will be the fifth starter along with Brockman, Justin Dentmon, Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas.
I'll click in when we get that info, and then will keep this blog running through the game and after with postgame notes and quotes.