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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

January 5, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Washington State game thread

COUGS WIN AGAIN — A heartbreaker for the Huskies who had a lot go right for much of the night. But the Huskies were held to one field goal in the final 6:20 as the Cougars pulled away for a 56-52 win. More later.
HEADED FOR A FANTASTIC FINISH — Both teams are playing good ball now. UW is shooting 54.3 percent for the game which would be the highest against the Cougars this year — Boise State shot 50.9. It’s 46-45 UW with just under 7 to go.
HUSKIES STILL LEADING — It’s 35-32 with 11:42 to play. Morris may be having his best game as a Husky with 16 points on 6-7 shooting and the defensive work on Weaver, who is 3-10 with seven points having finally hit a three-pointer, WSU’s first of the game, with 13:50 left.
A FEW HALFTIME NOTES — That’s the fewest points UW has scored in a first half since 19 on Dec. 6, 2003 at Wyoming. The previous low this year was 26 against Portland.
WSU’s 17 points is the lowest opponent total for UW since Lehigh had 15 on Dec. 23, 2005. The lowest first-half total this year had been New Jersey Tech with 24.
There’s been only one three-pointer in the first half, that by UW’s Tim Morris.
Baynes picked up two fouls in a span of about 10 seconds late in the first half which could prove critical.
UW LEADS 20-17 AT HALFTIME — Defense ruled in the first half as the Cougars were held to 6-23 shooting by the Huskies, WSU admittedly also simply missing a few open shots. UW is 8-19. Other than Aron Baynes with nine, no Cougar player is able to get much done offensively — Derrick Low has four and two other players two.
HUSKIES HOLDIING STEADY — UW leads 17-14 with 2:38 to go having taken a 17-10 lead, capping a 15-2 run in the process, before the Cougars responded with four in a row. WSU is just 5-20 shooting while UW is 7-17. Tim Morris leads all scorers with seven points and is also playing tight D on Kyle Weaver.
TIED AT 10 — So the burning question right now may be whether the hoops teams can score as many combined points as the football teams did across the way here about six weeks ago. It’s 10-10 with 7:04 to go in the first half as WSU is 4-16 shooting while UW is 5-14.
HUSKIES BREAK DROUGHT — UW went from the 19:08 mark to 12:13 without making a basket, missing seven straight with five turnovers in between. It’s 8-6 Cougs with 10:47 left.
UGLY START — WSU leads 4-2 in what has been an erratic beginning for both teams. UW is 1-5 with four turnovers and WSU 1-6 with one as we take a timeout with 15:03 to play. WSU has stuck Kyle Weaver on Ryan Appleby and the UW sharpshooter was unable to get much open, launching one shot from about 25 feet that missed badly and otherwise not getting a shot.
HARSHMAN HONORED — I’ll start the game thread with a brief report on the ceremony for Marv Harshman held before the game as the school officially named the north practice court Marv Harshman Court.
A number of former Huskies were there including Bob Houbregs, Detlef Schrempf, Ray Price, Chris Welp and Lorenzo Romar, who gave a nice speech hononoring Harshman. Also there was Louie Nelson, a guard on the 1972 team who apparently has not been back in decades.
Also in attendance were a few of Harshman’s players at Washington State, one of whom traveled today from Jackson Hole, Wyoming just for the ceremony and game.
“I’m not sure I deserve this but I’m not going to get you take it back,” Harshman said.

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