Washington junior center Matthew Bryan-Amaning (left) looked as if he not only turned around his season, but changed the course of his career early this month when he began a five-game streak of double-digit scoring.
This stretch of games is the best the 6-foot-9 center/forward has ever played at Washington. Coach Lorenzo Romar said earlier this week, “I think he might have turned the corner.”
Bryan-Amaning is averaging 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in the past five games. He had 14 blocks over the last nine games. Last week, he held his own against the tough front lines of USC and UCLA.
“I haven’t changed much from what I’ve been doing, but as I’ve said before, my shots are just starting to fall,” Bryan-Amaning said. “It’s the same moves I’ve been making.”
On the other side of state, WSU is witnessing a similar breakout from 6-9 sophomore forward DeAngelo Casto (left).
He’s also scored in double figures in the past five games, which is the best stretch of his career.
Casto is also making a difference on the defensive end. He leads the Pac-10 with 59 blocks, which is also a school record for sophomores. Casto needs 10 blocks to tie the all-time single season WSU record.
In their first meeting, a 92-64 UW win, the post players were a footnote. Bryan-Amaning finished with nine points and three rebounds as a reserve while Casto had four points and two rebounds.
AROUND THE PAC-10:
California’s 95-71 victory last night and a few losses in the conference eliminated Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona from the Pac-10 title race.
With a week and half remaining in the season, half of the league is still alive including Washington, which is in a three-way tie with USC and UCLA at 8-7. Arizona State is half game behind the Bears at 10-5.
If Cal beats ASU tomorrow, the Bears clinch at least a share of their first league title in 50 years.
— Washington State is playing for seeding in the Pac-10 Tournament. The Cougars are desperately trying to avoid the 8-9 game. Not including USC, which is banned from postseason play, WSU (6-9) is tied at ninth with Oregon State in the conference seedings.
— After a fast start to the conference season, the young Wildcats have played like many predicted in the past few weeks. They’ve lost five of their last six games and were no match against the red-hot Bears which has won five of their past six games.
— During ASU’s 68-60 win over Stanford, center Eric Boateng scored a career-high 24 points on 11-of-11 shooting, which tied school and Pac-10 records for highest field-goal percentage in a conference game.
— Stanford’s Landry Fields inadvertently tipped a rebound in the Cardinal basket in the final minutes when it trailed by four points. ASU sank eight straight free throws to cap its scoring and hand on for the win.
— On paper, USC should blowout Oregon every time. On the court, the Ducks swept the Trojans this season. Go figure.
— USC scored just 12 points in the second half against Oregon’s 2-3 zone.
— Freshman Tyler Honeycutt is emerging as UCLA’s best player. He finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and five blocks while leading the Bruins to a 65-56 win over Oregon State.
— The Beavers’ last win over the Bruins was March 10, 2005.
February 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM
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