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January 17, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Oregon State game thread

UW ROLLING — Huskies are still cruising at 77-54 with 3:06 left to play. UW is in such good spirits that after Artem Wallace first banked in a free throw, then shot an airball on his next attempt, his teammates rose in a supportive standing ovation.
UW will end this night tied for the lead in the Pac-10 at 4-1 (13-4 overall) and probably on the periphery of the top 25. UW has been as impressive on this trip as could have been hoped, dominating on the boards, sharing the ball on offense, and playing solid defense.
Even the free throw shooting is a positive tonight.
Tougher tests await next week with USC and UCLA coming to Hec Ed. But for tonight, it will be a joyous ride home for the Dawgs.
More after the game.
THIS ONE’S OV-ER, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP — If the Dawg Pack were here I imagine that’s what it would be changing right now. UW leads 66-42 with 9;26 to go having gone on an astonishing 32-15 run to start the second half, and fans are heading for the exits — as if there is anything better to do in Corvalliis this time of night.
Bryan-Amaning is making a startling rebound from his performance of a week ago, already charting 12 points and nine rebounds and dominating inside.
UW SCORES ON 12 STRAIGHT POSSESSIONS — The Huskies scored on their first 12 possessions of the second half to turn this into a rout, grabbing a 60-42 lead with 12 minutes to go. The streak has ended but UW seems comfortably on its way to its first sweep of the Oregon schools since 2006.
HUSKIES FIRING AWAY — A lot of observers, including your truly, figured UW would struggle at times this year shooting from the perimeter. The stats don’t indicate that UW has been a good outside shooting team this year. But when it’s mattered, such as tonight, UW has been able to hit as many as needed. The Huskies have come out hot here in the second half and keyed by three-pointers by Dentmon and Thomas have stretched the lead to 50-37 with 15:27 left in the second half. Maybe this will be easier than it looked when it was 17-10 OSU.
REVISED REBOUNDING STATS — The official stats show UW with a 21-7 rebounding edge, which makes more sense than what ESPN was showing. MBA has seven, a week after he played 36 minutes against Cal and didn’t have any.
HUSKIES AHEAD AT HALF —- UW is ahead 34-27 at the half, rallying from an early 17-10 deficit to take command. Not to repeat myself, but rebounding has been the key — according to the ESPN stat tracker UW has an 18-4 edge (that could be wrong but it’s representative of what has occurred so far).
OSU has no real answer for that, so no reason that should change much other than OSU making more shots on the offensive end.
Brockman has eight points to lead the Huskies and Dentmon has seven.
However, spirits are being raised at the moment as the school is honoring the OSU Sun Bowl champs as I type this, also honoring Mike Riley as conference coach of the year. Also here are 8-10 OSU recruits sitting behind the basket near the UW bench.
UW TAKING CONTROL — The rebound edge is now up to 14-3 and it’s the main reason the Huskies are taking control, using a 17-7 run to grab a 27-24 lead at the time out with 3:38 left in the first half. UW is struggling a bit to get its offense going against that 1-3-1 zone, but UW’s edge on the boards is saving the day right now. UW is also 6-6 at the free throw line.
HUSKIES DOMINATING THE BOARDS — According to the ESPN stats, UW has an 11-3 edge in rebounds at the 7:56 mark, the main reason they are within 19-16. UW’s best play so far has seemed to be an offensive rebound off a missed shot. Two of its last three baskets came that way and UW has the ball right now thanks to another offensive rebound.
TURNER IN GAME — Elston Turner entered the game at the 12:05 mark of the first half, his first appearance since spraining his ankle against Morgan State on Dec. 30. OSU is up 17-10 at a timeout with 11:20 to play having scored five in a row. The Beavers don’t look like an easy out tonight.
BEAVERS UP 8-4 AT FIRST TIME OUT — OSU has the lead with 15:37 to go in the first half at 8-4. OSU has hit two three-pointers out of at least five it has taken so far, the Beavers again showing no reluctance to fire away from afar. If they hit 40 percent all night, could be a tough game for UW.
UW showed good patience on one possession against OSU’s 1-3-1 zone as Brockman made a nice pass to Pondexter inside for a lay-in. But Thomas has thrown up two pretty crazy shots as UW has been outscored 8-2 in the last three minutes.
FIRST-PLACE HUSKIES? As someone on this site predicted earlier today — was that me? — Stanford has beaten Cal. That means that every Pac-10 team now has at least one loss. And further means that if the Huskies beat Oregon State tonight they will be in a three-way tie for first place with Cal and UCLA.
PRE-GAME — About a half-hour to tipoff of a game UW is favored to win.
And if the Huskies do, it will give them wins in their first three conference road games.
How rare is that?
Well, it’s happened just three times since 1953 — and each of those seasons ranks as among the most memorable in UW history.
The three previous times it has happened are 1998, a season that ended in the Sweet 16 with Todd MacCulloch and crew; 1984, which ended in the Sweet 16 with Detlef Scrempf, Christian Welp and crew; and 1953, which ended in UW’s only Final Four appearance.
Not trying to say yet this is a Sweet 16-type team. But being able to string together three straight road wins to kick off conference play would say something about this team.
As for those of you who forwarded me this story earlier today from The Oregonian, Paul Buker is sitting to the right of me as I write this, quivering. He wants no part of me. Granted, he might be the only one who doesn’t. But he knows what’s best for him.

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