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January 19, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Oregon State game thread

HUSKIES SURVIVE — UW is up seven with 23.3 to go (79-72) and it looks as if they are going to get a win they absolutely had to have. This was much more chaotic than it seemed like it needed to be, but OSU also played with a lot of emotion as an obviously desperate team. More later.
HUSKIES PULLING AHEAD — UW leads 71-67 with 1:47 left having gone on a 13-4 run over the last four minutes or so.
HUSKIES IN FIGHT FOR LIVES — UW trailes 63-62 with 4:03 left, and suffice to say this is a pretty critical 4:03. Lose this one and hard to see how the season turns out all that successfully with a road trip to Arizona looming.
MBA SAVING THE DAY — UW is ahead 58-55 with 7:17 left and it’s due mostly to some standout play from Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who has 10 points and seven rebounds. He’s scored UW’s last four, the last two coming on a rebound putback after he had blocked a shot on the other end.
CORRECTION ON MATER DEI — They are actually here on their way up to Canada for a game on Monday.
UW UP 48-45 — Huskies have switched to a 2-3 zone and that seems to be helping a little — OSU is a horrid outside shooting team so it makes sense to maybe entice the Beavers to shoot from outside. OSU is 0-11 on threes so far today.
IT’S TIED — At 41 with 15:52 to go. The most excitement for UW fans so far this half is seeing Giles pick up fouls three and four within about a minute. He’s still in the game, however, and at the line as I type this, John apparently deciding to let him go and see what happens.
THE GUYS IN RED — Behind the Husky bench are the members of the Mater Dei High team from California here for the MLK Classic on Monday.
UW UP 36-32 AT HALF — Some halftime observations:
— OSU may be in turmoil, but their effort seems good so far. Not to say their execution or decision-making is. The Beavers take a lot of bad shots, threes early in the clock, etc. OSU is 0-8 on three-pointers. But OSU has some athletic big guys who are causing the Huskies some trouble inside.
— UW is 8-13 on free throws and the way the refs are calling this one, are likely to get a lot more opportunities in the second half, so improving that percentage could be key.
— OSU is often bringing more than one defender at Brockman and he’s having trouble getting a lot of open looks. He’s 4-11 but three or four are rebound putbacks, including the one that missed right at the end of the hal.
— Like the USC, the Huskies are again missing a lot of tip-ins and other shots close to the basket, which is helping to keep OSU in it.
— Giles came back in at around the 7:30 mark and played another two minutes or so, doing little while he was out there He’s 0-1 with one rebound and two fouls.
—- Also keeping UW ahead is a 23-15 rebounding advantage.
HUSKIES UP 32-28 — UW grabbed an eight-point lead, but OSU then came back to tie it at 28-28 with Hampton scoring 10 points so far. But four Brockman points has UW ahead again. Brockman was 1-7 before hitting two in a row.
TOUGH SHOOTING SO FAR — UW is 7-17 after starting 5-15 while OSU is 7-15 as the Huskies hold an 18-16 lead. UW is also just 3-7 at the free throw line. Huskies appear to be doing more trapping up high, attempting to pressure the OSU offefnse. Calvin Hampton is keeping OSU in it with six points so far.
ODD START — OSU leads 8-7 with 15:36 left and this has been a strange one so far. C.J. Giles picked up two fouls by the 19:11 mark and then tried to run to the Husky bench when he was pulled from the game. Artem Wallace then banked in a free throw and then missed two more, getting an extra one on an OSU lane violation. UW missed its first five shots before finally hitting one with 16:36 left.
ON WOLFINGER — In response to the post on Matthew Bryan-Amaning yesterday, someone asked about Joe Wolfinger and whether there is something else going on with him. I don’t think so. I think it is what it is — Wolfinger has essentially not played for two years before this season and I think condionining is still a little bit of an issue just because he I don’t think he can work out for as long as he wants due to his foot. He started a few games, but what the Huskies decided they needed out of that spot is low-post offense and defense, which aren’t Wolfinger’s strengths right now. So Artem Wallace got his shot, and now MBA is playing more and more, each filling more traditional big-man roles. What Wolfinger’s long-term outlook here is hard to tell. For now, he looks like he’s a spot duty player at best.
PRE-GAME — Got here a little later than normal, and I should probably be courtside telling you what’s going on out there, but I took a quick peek, it looked like not much, and I ducked into the press room to watch the rest of the USC-UCLA game, which as I type this is closer than I imagined.
Maybe this is the weekend when a few real upsets begin to happen because so far, I think the Pac-10 has really gone pretty to form in conference play (taking into account things like Jerryd Bayless’ injury playing a huge role in a couple of Arizona’s losses, etc.).
The Huskies, of course, want it to remain status quo — they are 14-point favorites today and there’s really no reason on the surface to think they won’t win this one easily against a Beaver team that is in turmoil amid all kinds of conjecture about coach Jay John.
But the Beavers appear to be trying everything they can. I’m told they got out onto the court a good 90 minutes or so before the game, led by coaches through full-scale drills. “The most I’ve ever seen a team do pre-game,” someone told me.

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