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February 16, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Oregon State game thread

VICTORY COMPLETE — There’s five minutes left but Brockman put the icing on this one with his block of a Seth Tarver lay-in. That play perfectly defines this game. Just overheard a couple of security guards in front of me say that there is “a lot of smack talk” on the floor and to be on alert as the players leave the court. More after the game.
CAREER-HIGH FOR APPLEBY — He now has 26 points, two better than his career high and five more than his season-high. It’s a nice effort for UW but the Beaver defense isn’t exactly sterling right now, either.
OSU IS 10-35 SHOOTING — As I type this, which is 28 percent. The lowest against UW this year is ASU’s 32 percent.
JONES, CARTER NO IMPACT — The two players at the forefront of the Friday deal, Jones and Sean Carter, were a combined 0-4 with no points in 14 first-half minutes.
HUSKIES RUNNING AWAY WITH IT AT HALFTIME — UW is up 48-24 against a lifeless Oregon State team. This was one of UW’s best halves of the season led by Appleby’s 18 points and Dentmon’s 10. OSU has tried to use a zone press at times but the Huskies easily handled it. On the other end the Beavers have been simply awful, starting out 4-20 shooting. OSU appears to have spent all of its energy yesterday. UW just needs a good first five minutes to put this one away and get a split of this trip, something it couldn’t achieve a year ago when it was swept. In fact, this would be UW’s second conference road win, one more than a year ago, if the Huskies can hold on.
OSU is 7-28 for the half while UW is 19-33. UW, which was 0-7 in the first half on threes at Oregon, is 7-11 led by Appleby’s 5-8 (Dentmon is 2-2).
UW also has 11 assists, three more than it had the entire game in Eugene, and a 25-14 rebounding edge. In other words, UW is dominating everything.
APPLEBY ON FIRE — He has hit five threes and has 18 points, already three shy of his season-high.
OSU 4-20 — This is truly the gang that can’t shoot straight as the Beavers are 4-20 so far. Huskies up 26-12 and all the talk of a hyped-up Beavers team seems like just that at the moment.
HUSKIES ON A TEAR — UW has scored 11 in a row to take a 19-7 lead. Marcel Jones played about three minutes and badly missed two shots and was taken out, appearing to get a little bit of a lecture from head coach Kevin Mouton. Appleby has nine points. This may be the quietest Pac-10 arena I’ve been.
SLOPPY START — UW started the game at the free throw line with Appleby shooting two FTS (making one), apparently a T and assuming a result of what happened earlier between the two teams (we’re not told anything at press row). Now it seems like a normal game as OSU is 2-10 shooting, missing six in a row, helping UW to an 8-5 lead. Jones is now due in at the 15:28 mark.
OFFICIALS TALK WITH CAPTAINS — It’s a regular pre-game ritual for the officials to talk with the pre-game captains on each team. But this meeting seemed to have a little more serious tone as UW’s three captains gathered with three of OSU’s players, including Marcel Jones. Libbey and the other two officials appeared to be talking with them rather sternly, Libbey at one point waving his hands as if to say “no more.” Jones and the UW players (Brockman, Morris and Appleby) shared a fist bump as it ended though it appeared pretty half-hearted, especially on Jones’ end.
BUT HAVE NO FEAR, DAVE LIBBEY IS HERE — So knowing now that the Beavers tried to continue this leads me to wonder even more about the tone of this game. But among the officials who just walked on the court is Dave Libbey, the same guy who did the UW-UCLA game last Sunday. Believe it or not, Libbey is regarded as one of the conference’s better refs and he is known for trying to take control early, so the opening minutes of this one could be real interesting.
MORE ON BRAWL GATE — Heard today that the Beaver players who confronted the Huskies at practice Friday actually tried to continue the proceedings a few hours later. Apparently, a few of the same group went to the parking lot at UW’s hotel, which is just a few blocks from the arena, and called one of the UW players on his cell phone and made a challenging comment, essentially asking if they wanted to fight (apparently a text message, and word is it was Marcel Jones who made the call).
We’re told UW coach Lorenzo Romar then called OSU coach Kevin Mouton to tell him what was going on.
Both teams are going through pre-game warmups with nothing out of the ordinary happening.
UPDATE ON THIS — As of 40 minutes prior to the game it is uncertain whether OSU coaches are disciplining any of the players involved. All are in uniform. As noted earlier, Marcel Jones was in Seattle much of last spring and summer and worked out often with the Huskies so he’s well-known to a lot of them. Jones was in Seattle during the time while he was debating whether to enter the draft.
IN THIS CORNER — The obvious subplot (if not, really, the main plot) is the war of words yesterday that almost turned into more. I’m figuring everyone involved has gotten a stiff talking to and that the game will probably be incident-free, if surely a little more intense than might be expected of a matchup of ninth- and 10th-place teams.
EASY ENTRY — I’m here about 90 minutes prior to gametime and never has it been so easy to get into a Pac-10 arena.
The way it works is we are given parking passes and media passes so we can into games. Almost everywhere I’ve ever been there’s at least been a guard to check the parking pass. Not here today where I just drove right in.
Then I walked up to the building with my computer bag, holding my credential in my hand and the first guy who saw me politely grabbed his keys and opened a door. I guess he saw my credential but he certainly didn’t check it. The point of all of this is that few people are coming to OSU games anymore and I’m assuming that the guy must have figured that if I really wanted in two hours prior to the game I must have been legitimate — who would be trying to sneak in?

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