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February 12, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Oregon State game thread

HUSKIES BACK IN FIRST — The Huskies win this one 79-60 and are back in first place in the Pac-10 at 9-3. Dentmon finishes with 28, hitting 7-10 three-pointers to tie a career high. Quincy Pondexter had 11 and no one else more than nine. UW held the Beavers to 7-24 shooting in the second half to take control.
More later.
DENTMON STILL CARRYING HUSKIES — Dentmon now has 25 points on 7-10 shooting, the only Husky with more than 11. UW leads comfortably, 68-54, with 3:59 to play. But that 17 point spread is looking a little more precarious.
HUSKIES COMFORTABLE — UW now leads 65-50 with 5:57 to play after a four-point play on a layin by Thomas and an intentional foul on Calvin Haynes. Haynes and IT were teammates for a while at South Kent School.
MAYBE THAT SPREAD WAS RIGHT ON, AFTER ALL — Huskies are pouring it on now as two Overton layins have the Huskies ahead 55-42 with 9:48 left. That also means UW has outscored the Beavers 19-7 to start the second half.
UW NOW UP 51-42 — Huskies continue to gradually pull away, now up 51-42 at the time out with 11:38 to play.Dentmon has 22 points and is 5-8 on three-pointers while OSU is just 3-11 in the second half.
OSU 5-12 AT THE FREE THROW LINE — That’s the biggest difference in the game right now as UW is 15-19.
HUSKIES PULL AHEAD …. A LITTLE — UW started the half on a 9-3 run to take a 45-39 lead, yet another fast beginning to a second half for the Huskies, who have done that a lot this season. But OSU is hanging tough as it is 45-41 and the Beavers will be at the line when play resumes with 14:55 to play. UW hit its first four shots of the half, three within three feet of the hoop or so.
UW GOING INSIDE — The Huskies had just six points in the paint in the first half but went inside on the first possession of the second half to get two points from Brockman. It’s now 40-37 UW after a Brockman layin in transition.
OSU LINEUP CHANGE EXPLAINED — An OSU “source” says that Deane and Omari Johnson are being sent a message to try a little harder in practice, explaining why they haven’t played more, while Josh Tarver started for matchup purposes to try to exploit UW’s lack of height in the backcourt.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — UW is ahead 36-35 at the half but it feels like the Huskies have been outplayed for most of it, saved by the hot shooting of Dentmon, who has 16 points, and the fact that the Beavers are just 4-8 on free throws and 1-6 on three-pointers, several of which were wide open.
The teams are tied in rebounds at 16, which is just three fewer than OSU had in the entire game in Corvallis.
And UW has 10 turnovers, five coming on OSU steals.
But the Huskies are 14-15 at free throw line and 4-9 from beyond the arc, making up for 9-25 shooting overall (and that obviously means UW is just 5-16 inside the arc).
Other than Dentmon, no Husky has more than four points — Overton, Brockman and Pondexter.
DENTMON ON FIRE — JD is keeping the Huskies in it with 14 points on 4-7 shooting, 3-6 on three-pointers. The rest of the Huskies are 5-18. UW leads 34-33 with 58 seconds to play.
HUSKIES GET BACK IN IT — After trailing by seven, the Huskies have quickly made up most of the deficit keyed by a Dentmon three and then the play of the night, a dunk by Pondexter off a pass from Dentmon after a turnover. It’s 29-27 OSU at the 3:29 mark but Overton is at the line following the time out.
UW NOW ONE FOR ITS LAST 14 — Huskies were 4-5, now they are 5-19 at the 5:04 mark.
UW ONE FOR ITS LAST 10 — Huskies have hit an offensive lull, now just 5-15 at the 7:52 mark. OSU leads 21-19 getting a break when Haynes just banked in a three-pointer.
And again, apologize for the game thread not being live earlier. My fault.
WHOOPS — Realizing I didn’t hit publish earlier so I guess I wasn’t on live here until just now. Sorry about that.
OSU UP 16-15 — That’s the score at the 11:23 mark of the first half and the Beavers look like they have a lot more energy than they did in the blowout in Corvallis last month. Craig Robinson just leapt off the bench to signal a traveling call on UW’s Bryan-Amaning that led into the timeout. UW now has six turnoverse to just one for the Beavers, but is 4-7 shooting and 5-5 at the line.
DEANE FINALLY IN — Usual starter Daniel Deane came in at the 14:15 mark for the Beavers. Still unsure why the lineup change. UW has hit 2-3 three-pointerse to take a 13-11 lead. But OSU is hitting the boards a lot harder than last time and has a 3-2 edge at the moment.
FIRST-PLACE HUSKIES? — Looks like UCLA is going down in Tempe to the Sun Devils, trailing by six with 24 seconds left. That means if the Huskies win tonight they can move back into first place by a half-game over the Bruins. UW has to take care of business here, however, trailing 8-7 at the 15:52 mark, though Dentmon will have three free throws following the time out. UW has three turnovers so far but is shooting 3-4.
LINEUP CHANGES FOR BEAVERS — OSU has two changes to its regular starting lineup tonight with walk-on Kevin McShane at one forward spot and Josh Tarver at a guard spot. They have taken the place of forward Daniel Deane and Calvin Haynes. No one seems to know for sure the reason for the change, whether it’s a matchup thing — which apparently was talked about a bit this week to get a taller lineup out there on the perimeter — or disciplinary. McShane is a walk-on who has played just 44 minutes all season and has scored just one point.
KEN POM’S PICK — As tipoff nears, worth nothing that stat maven Ken Pomeroy’s ratings project a 75-57 win for the Huskies tonight and give the Huskies a 96 percent chance of winning.
PRE-GAME — About 22 minutes to the start of the game and both teams are on the floor and the crowd is filing in. The UW players did a little impromptu dunk contest to conclude their informal shoot-around to the delight of the Dawg Pack, already fully accounted for and standing.
The officials tonight are Verne Harris, Kevin Brill and Michael Irving, all regular Pac-10 guys. Harris was the lead official for the home game against Stanford. Brill’s most recent UW game was the loss at Arizona. Irving hasn’t done a UW game this year but is a regular Pac-10 official.

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