More Thoughts and Observations from the Huskies' 63-59 Victory Over Montana

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Click here for our full game story from last night’s 63-59 victory over Montana.

Here’s some further thoughts and observations from the game:

I like the move to start Tyreese Breshers. Having his rebounding and scoring on the floor more often will only be good for the Dawgs. The shame of it for Darnell Gant is that he’s losing his starting spot after being no less productive than last season. But, with Matthew Bryan-Amaning playing inconsistently (he had a quiet eight points, and eight rebounds last night), Coach needs more out of his frontcourt.

6’11” center Brian Qvale had his way with the Dawgs last night. If not for four fouls limiting him to 26 minutes, this one could’ve gone differently. He finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds, and made me very concerned about how the Huskies will handle playing against even better big men (read: Georgetown’s Greg Monroe).

Abdul Gaddy is shooting 8-29 from the field this season. His play has been up and down — not surprising for a freshman. He’ll be a major factor as he continues to develop, but what’s clear at this point is that he shouldn’t be counted on as the third scorer the Huskies are looking for behind Quincy and Isaiah.

Gaddy looks better on defense every game. He forced Montana point guard Will Cherry into turnovers on the first two possessions last night during Gaddy’s best stretch of the game.

We’re going to see nights when Elston Turner scores 20 and nights when he scores four. Turner had 11 points last night, but it took him 26 minutes to do it. Coach Romar won’t always be that patient with his streaky shooting guard.

For those of you who enjoy the Vegas side of things. The Huskies are now 1-4 against the point spread this season. The 56-point victory over Portland State was the only spread (18.5) the Huskies have covered. Last night, the Dawgs were favored by 19.5 against Montana.

I know I write about this all the time, but Scott Suggs managed one three-pointer and one rebound in 16 minutes. He missed another four shots and played unremarkable defense. I’m still of the mind that he should be the last man off the bench once the rotation is firmed up.

It shouldn’t be missed after they only won by four, and had but one blocked shot, that the Huskies played very good defense last night. They forced 19 turnovers and held Montana under 40% shooting in the second half.