IT’S OVER — UW 59-52.
SLOWING DOWN — Just as the game is heating up, I got to slow down on the thread and write the game story. UW 55-48.
WHERE’S PONDEXTER? — Pondexter has been quiet. He has seven points and just five shots. Seems like he’s taking himself out of the mix, allowing Thomas to carry the Huskies to the finish. UW 52-48.
HUSKIES GAINING MOMENTUM — Thomas and Suggs hit a pair of three-pointers while WSU has scored on just one of its last four possessions. UW 52-48.
REFS LETTING THEM PLAY — Holiday got away with a foul, pulling Capers to the floor on a rebound. UW 47-46.
STANFORD ALL OVER AGAIN — This game is a lot like the Stanford game only more intense. Thomas just drained a big three-pointer to tie the score with less than eight minutes left. UW 44-44.
AND NOW WE HAVE CONTROVERSY — Looks like Pondexter’s shot didn’t hit the rim and the shot clock buzzer went off. We barely heard it. He grabbed the rebound and scored the putback. The refs took a look on the monitor and waived off the basket.
NOW THIS IS A UW-WSU GAME — Players are diving on the court. They’re shoving a little. The crowd is really into it. And intensity is high. WSU 42-41.
WSU LEADS — James Watson sank a free throw that put the Cougars ahead 42-41 and gave them their first lead.
ROMAR ASKING FOR CALM — During a media timeout, Romar put his hands up as the Huskies walked to the sideline as if to say “Stay calm.” All around them, everything is going berserk. UW 41-41.
IT’S A GAME AGAIN — Thompson tied the score with a three-pointer. UW 39-39.
LEAD DOWN TO ONE — Casto sank a nifty hook over Bryan-Amaning and Koprivica drained a dagger of a three-pointer. The crowd is crazy. UW 37-36.
COUGARS RALLYING — Now it’s the Huskies’ offense that seems out of sync. Overton snapped a drought with a running layup with 16:16. It was Washington’s first basket in the second half. It was scoreless on the previous seven possessions. UW 37-29.
UW TIMEOUT — Romar wants a break in the action because WSU has scored five unanswered points. On the previous possession, Holiday attempted a bad cross-court pass that was intercepted and led to a Moore layup. The crowd is back in it now. UW 35-26.
GADDY MAKES A QUICK EXIT — On the first possession, Gaddy fouled Casto who made the layup and free throw. Gaddy is replaced by Overton. UW 35-24.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The Huskies couldn’t have asked for a better start. Well, maybe they wouldn’t have wanted their best player in the first half, Bryan-Amaning, to be in foul trouble with three. Otherwise, things have gone perfectly for UW. Bryan-Amaning has 15 points and six rebounds. He’s dominating Casto who has six points and three rebounds.
The Huskies have 12 turnovers, but it hasn’t hurt them. The Cougars have nine.
A couple of good signs for UW: Thomas is able to get any shot he wants and Pondexter is perfect from the field. He’s just been limited by foul trouble.
Meanwhile Thompson is 0 for 7 and it looks as if he’s mentally drained by Holiday’s in-your-shirt defense. Other than offensive putbacks, not sure where the Cougars get the points to make up a 14-point deficit.
HALFTIME — UW 35-21.
QUIET CROWD — What was once a building rocking with cheers is now very, very quiet. UW 35-19.
CLEANING THE GLASS — UW has outrebounded WSU 20-15, however, the Cougars have 12 offensive rebounds. UW 33-19.
FOUL TROUBLE — Bryan-Amaning and Gaddy have three fouls. The Huskies can probably survive without Gaddy, but they need Bryan-Amaning, who has a game-high 15 points. Pondexter also has two fouls. UW 28-17.
WHAT WAS SUGGS THINKING — Suggs committed two straight turnovers. The first, he tried to bounce the ball out of bounds off of Thompson who recovered the steal. On the second, he decided against a shot during his shooting motion and tried to dribble, but was called for traveling. Suggs got an earful from Romar on the bench. UW 25-25-15.
PONDEXTER TAKES AN EARLY SEAT — Pondexter has two fouls and two points. He’s on the bench.
MBA TAKES CONTROL — Bryan-Amaning has 14 of UW’s 25 points. He’s scoring in a variety of ways. He’s connecting with the hook shot, layups and dunks. He’s also held Casto to two points. On one possession, Bryan-Amaning displayed defensive savvy, providing resistance against Casto in the paint then moving away forcing Casto to stumble and put up an awkward shot that hit the bottom of the glass. UW 25-13.
GETTING SLOPPY — That’s three straight turnovers for WSU. UW 21-10.
GOOD CROWD — Very hostile crowd. It’s by far the most intimidating environment the Huskies have been in all season. UW 17-10.
MORE SUBS — Tyreese Breshers replaced Bryan-Amaning and Elston Turner is in for Thomas. Other than a couple of timely three-pointers, WSU’s offense is still stagnant. UW 17-8.
COUGS GO ZONE — WSU switched to a 2-3 zone. UW 12-2.
FIRST SUB — Overton is in for Gaddy.
MOOS SIGHTING — New athletic director Bill Moos took the microphone and is talking at center court to the crowd. He asked: “Do you love Washington State. Do you love the Cougars. Well I want you, let’s get after the Huskies right now. Go Cougs!”
GOOD START — Bone should have called a timeout a couple of possessions ago. He rolled the dice, perhaps trying to ride the emotional wave of the crowd. Big mistake. The Cougars are discombobulated. They have no offensive rhythm. While the Huskies are scoring dunks and layups. UW 10-2.
MOORE RETURNS — He spent less than a minute on the bench. UW 6-2.
MOORE PULLED EARLY — WSU coach Ken Bone took Moore out and replaced him with Xavier Thames. UW 4-0.
MATCHUPS — Pondexter takes Koprivica, Gaddy is on Capers, Thomas has Moore, Holiday is on Thompson and Bryan-Amaning defends Casto.
ONLINE OPTIONS — I haven’t found anything yet. Little help.
STARTERS: No change for UW: Thomas, Abdul Gaddy, Justin Holiday, Quincy Pondexter and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
WSU: F Koprivica, G Klay Thompson, G Marcus Capers, G Reggie Moore and F DeAngelo Casto.
ON TV — FSN returns tonight. Tom Glasglow and Lenny Wilkens have the call.
SENIOR CEREMONY — WSU is honoring its only senior Nikola Koprivica. The crowd goes wild. Koprivica was given a framed
SELLOUT EXPECTED — WSU expects its first sellout this season.We’re about 15 minutes away from tip-off and Beasley Coliseum is about two-thirds capacity. It’s mostly red in the crowd, but there’s a few, brave purple-clad Husky fans.
SHERRER STAYS HOME — Walk-on sophomore Brendan Shrerrer is still in Seattle recovering from an illness.
AN OMINOUS SIGN? — As he left the court, Thomas attempted a dunk, but he never got the ball above the the rim. The students went nuts. Thomas laughed and waved to the crowd as if asking them to bring more noise.
KEEP IT CLASSY — Huskies are on the court for warmups and they’re getting jeered with x-rated chants from the Wazzu students. Venoy Overton and Isaiah Thomas have been targeted with boos.
TROUBLE IN OREGON — It doesn’t bode well for UW that Oregon knocked off UCLA 70-68 today in Los Angeles. The Ducks are bad this season, but they seem to pose matchup problems against USC and UCLA who they beat twice. Oregon’s other wins are against UW and WSU.
Also, Ducks senior Tajuan Porter scored 29 points.
IT’S OVER — UW 59-52.
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