The Huskies move to 1-1 on the season.
It was a bit of a carnival thrill ride in the middle, but it ended up as a pretty solid win against a team that's probably a lot better than their name recognition.
As mentioned this morning, these guys beat the Oakland team that beat Oregon last night.
Jon Brockman led UW with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
I'll be back later with some notes, quotes and final stats.
* A nice Thomas bucket on a drive, a Wolfinger 3, more Brockman dirty work around the basket, and this one seems settled ... again.
* The Huskies seem to have finally remembered that they have that Brockman guy on the roster, and he's helped them cool the Cleveland State run. But there's a game here, whereas at halftime this thing seemed settled.
Isaiah Thomas has only five points, but he drilled a big three from the corner that could turn out to be the one that turned this back toward UW.
* Remember that 22 point halftime lead? That's long gone. It looks like the teams have changed uniforms and just about everything has reversed. I can't remember Jon Brockman going this deep into a half with no points and no rebounds. And they need to get him back in or this is a disaster waiting to happen.
Washington has dominated in just about every way, and looks like a very different team from that pratfall of an opener at Portland.
Quincy Pondexter had one of those halves that get folks so excited about his potential, scoring 13 points, hustling and really leading the team especially with Brockman on the bench.
Brockman has 15 and 10 in 13 minutes.
The Huskies have outrebounded SCU 36-16 and limited them to 23.7 percent shooting.
Joe Wolfinger, who's sticking around the bucket much more this season, added nine -- none on 3's.
Isaiah Thomas was 0-for-6 and got a scolding from Romar after forcing a drive in the final seconds of the half.
* Huskies up 14-8 with 11:52 left in the first half.
Thomas came in about three minutes into the game, and he seems physically fine.
Huskies have five turnovers already, but they're playing hard.
Lots of empty seats in the upper level.
Tipoff: The Huskies have made an unexpected change to the starting lineup, moving in Venoy Overton in place of Isaiah Thomas.
Coach Lorenzo Romar had praised Overton's play in the opener against Portland. However, Romar always likes to see trends, not individual performances, before making moves. In fact, he seemed to scoff at the idea of moving Overton into the lineup on the basis of one performance.
Obviously, we'll get his thinking after the game.
5:55: A handful of Huskies and a lot of Cleveland State Vikings are on the court warming up about an hour from tipoff.
I'll pop in with any pregame news, then try to give some running-blog updates through the game, and come back after with notes and quotes.
As mentioned in this morning's newspaper, this game is part of the College Basketball Experience Classic. And the tournament logo, along with the logo of a couple of sponsors have been added to the Hec Ed court.
There is also a special game program, featuring one player from each of the 12 participating teams. UW is represented by senior guard Justin Dentmon
There's no TV, but the game is on KJR, 950-AM.