Here's my story from the Saturday paper.
Midnight Madness ended with a 10-minute running-clock scrimmage in which Purple beat Gold, 35-20. Sophomore guard Elston Turner led all scorers with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Others on the Purple team were Quincy Pondexter, Tyreese Breshers, Darnell Gant, C.J. Wilcox and Abdul Gaddy.
Sophomore guard Isaiah Thomas led the Gold with seven points. His teammates were Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Clarence Trent, Venoy Overton and Scott Suggs.
Among the highlights was Bryan-Amaning blocking a Trent shot and then hustling the ball down court for a dunk. Overton also flashed his defensive pressure as top-recruit Gaddy as brought the ball up the court.
(Those point totals are from the UW sports-information folks. Some of us on press row had different numbers ... but as Romar points out: It means nothing.)
“A game like this, there are some players who can shine, and then you have structure they get lost,” Romar said. “And then there’s vice versa: There’s some out here they don’t do much, but then in practice tomorrow they’ll stand out more than the others.”
Other highlights of a light, fun event, before an estimated crowd of about 6,000:
3-point contest: A team of true freshman C.J. Wilcox and a student from the Dawg Pack beat Elston Turner and his Dawg Pack partner.
Next up, the scrimmage.
Dunk finals: The crowd has picked the five dunk contest finalists: Trent, Darnell Gant, MBA, Venoy Overton, and Isaiah Thomas.
Judges are Todd MacCulloch, Christian Welp and Eldridge Recasner.
And the winner is: Isaiah Thomas, for a dunk jumping over 6-foot-9 Matthew Bryan-Amaning, this season's tallest Husky.
Dunk contest: The Huskies are going through normal layup warmups, which is evolving into the dunk contest. The crowd with judge the winner. Quincy Pondexter, Justin Holiday and Tyreese Breshers are being held out.
(Early impression: Nice ups by Trent. I remember Romar saying last season that from the day Trent arrives on campus he will be the best athlete on the team.)
(Thomas dunk just got the biggest reaction so far.)
Romar greeting: Coach Lorenzo Romar greeted the crowd, saying: "The guys have been waiting a long time to get out on this floor to defending our Pac-10 championship." He also thanks the crowd for turning out and said these fans are the reason we have "one of the best home-court advantages in the United States."
After, the Huskies started with a traditional singing of "Bow Down to Washington," before breaking it into something considerably hip-hoppier. This, I suppose is the "skit" we had been warned, I mean told, about.
Introductions: The introductions list three Huskies are from Tacoma: Isaiah Thomas, Abdul Gaddy ... and freshman forward Clarence Trent, who I have previously list as being from Gig Harbor. The roster also lists Trent's hometown as "Tacoma."
8:15: The volleyball game has ended, and Hec Ed is more than half full as the Huskies basketball team is about to make its public debut with a "Midnight Madness" event that will be partly covered on ESPNU and ESPN2.
The event is expected to include a dunk contest, a 3-point shooting contest, and a scrimmage.
I'll pop in here as the highlights happen.