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Afternoon run: Wolfpack has something to prove against Huskies

Today's Reno Gazette Journal is a preview for tonight's game where the Wolfpack look to atone for last year's 30-point drubbing in Montlake.

From Chris Murray's story ....

"We talk about getting a game that you can win and look back and say, 'We beat a very good Washington team or we beat a really good opponent,'" Wolf Pack coach David Carter said. "You have to have a game where you gain some confidence. We want to come out and compete and play as hard as we can. It's about getting confidence and proving you can play at that level."

Carter said the Wolf Pack (4-3), which had five days to prepare for this game, still has a long ways to go.

One of the key steps in that process is fixing an offense that is shooting only 40.4 percent from the field. Carter said part of the problem is his team's top four scoring weapons -- Deonte Burton, Malik Story, Dario Hunt and Olek Czyz -- haven't had a game this season where they all played a high level at the same time. Around the Pac-12

Some breaking news coming out of Berkeley where 6-10 C/F Richard Solomon has been suspended indefinitely.

Former Rainiers' employee, now Cal blogger extraordinaire, Ryan Gorcey has this quote from head coach Mike Montgomery...

"We expect our student-athletes to adhere to a high standard of behavior," Montgomery said. "In this particular instance, that was not the case."
Arizona freshman Josiah Turner has played better, but he hasn't earned his starting spot back yet.

Only one game in the Pac-12 last night and it was in Seattle, where Stanford crushed Seattle University, 72-49. I was planning on going, but got forced into covering the Seahawks.

Stanford is going to be better than some people thing this season. They are really long up front.

From Condotta's game story ...

Stanford team with six players 6 feet 7 or taller in its rotation harassed Seattle U all over the court, forcing the Redhawks into a season-low 32.2 percent shooting (19 of 59), including 4 of 18 on three-pointers.

"Their length bothered us more than you could even quantify," said Seattle U coach Cameron Dollar after the Redhawks fell to 2-3.

Especially in the first half, as Stanford overcame an early 7-2 deficit to take a 40-17 lead at the break, the game essentially decided.

Seattle U had 12 turnovers, no assists and was 0 for 8 on three-pointers in the first half as the Cardinal (7-1) took control.

"On the offensive end, we are not ready to score against them," Dollar said.

Stanford's defensive effort allowed it to overcome a zero-point night for leading scorer Josh Owens. Among those who took up the slack was sophomore forward John Gage of Vashon Island, who had a team-high eight points in the first half.

Another local player, guard Aaron Bright of Bellevue High, had six in the first half and finished with 10.