IT’S OVER — UW 86-72.
DAGGER — Turner sank a three-pointer and Overton ripped Armstead at the top of the key for an uncontested layup that put UW up 77-65 with less than three minutes left.
WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A BLOWOUT … — … has turned into a nail-biter. Oregon is back in the game and so is its crowd. The students are jumping and the Huskies appear rattled. UW 72-64 at 4:27.
SLOWING DOWN — Got to slow down on the game thread and write the game story. UW 68-55 at 7:04.
DUNK HUNTING — Pondexter flushed another dunk on a pass from Thomas. UW 67-53 at 8:46.
THOMAS THE PLAYMAKER — After connecting with Bryan-Amaning, Thomas tossed an alley-oop to Pondexter who flushed a dunk that put UW up 65-53 at 9:38.
BAD CALL — Overton got bailed out with a horrible call by the refs who gave a foul to Dunigan as the shot clock expired. UW 63-53 at 10:08.
STRANGE TIME — Feels like the game can go either way. The crowd feels nervous. eerily silent with just over 10 minutes left. UW 62-53.
RIGHT ON CUE — Thomas drove the middle and connected with Bryan-Amaning, who scored an easy layup. UW 62-53 at 11:25.
WOULD THEY PLEASE GET IT INSIDE — The Huskies have abandoned any idea of getting the ball to Bryan-Amaning and are content to work the ball around the zone looking for an open three-pointer. Overton and Turner missed treys while Bryan-Amaning’s work to get position for an entry pass went for naught. UW 60-52.
PULLING AWAY — First it was Holiday and now it’s Thomas who’s heating up. Thomas just sank a pair of three-pointers while Oregon’s offense has gone cold. UW 60-48 at 13:50.
BRESHERS CLUELESS — Breshers turned his palms up, looked to the bench and said “What did I do?” after collecting his fourth foul on a Dunigan hook. UW 54-48.
HUSKIES RUNNING — UW used an 11-10 run to take a 54-44 lead. Porter stopped the spurt with a mid-range jumper. UW 54-47 at 15:18.
IT’S A HOLIDAY — Holiday looks inspired. He’s locking up Armstead and he just sank two three-pointers. UW 50-44 at 17:21.
QUICK OREGON SUB — Dunigan is in. UW 47-44 with 17:41 left.
GOOD START — Pondexter sank a mid-range jumper. UW 41-40.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The foul trouble has severely hampered the Huskies and made them passive. Breshers has 3, Bryan-Amaning 2 and Gant 2. Dunigan is taking advantage of UW’s hesitancy and he has 11 points. The Huskies still have not figured out how to stop him or Armstead who started slow but has seven points. There’s really no defense for Porter who has a team-high 12 points.
On the other end, Pondexter is having a monster game. He has 20 points. Feels like I haven’t written enough about what he’s doing. Pondexter has really been spectacular. He’s scoring in a variety of ways. On dunks, putbacks, layups and a three-pointer. It’s been amazing.
No one else is matching his offensive intensity. And UW’s shooters haven’t shown up. Washington is 2 for 10 on three-pointers.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Thomas picked Porter clean at the top of the key with seconds left and raced in for a layup just before time expired. Oregon 40-39.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — Back and forth game with several momentum swings. Just when you think one team has control, the other makes a big basket. Armstead is giving Overton fits. Pondexter is trouble for Oregon. Bryan-Amaning is hesitant. Oregon 38-35 with 1:15 left.
BRYAN-AMANING RETURNS — Gant collected his second foul, Bryan-Amaning is back. Oregon 32-29.
BRYAN-AMANING DOWN — Dunigan delivered a hard foul, knocking Bryan-Amaning to the floor. The UW center fell awkwardly and was down for a few minutes after hitting his head. Bryan-Amaning is leaving the game and Elston Turner will shoot his free throws. Oregon 30-29 with 5:19 left.
MORE STOMPING — Reserve G Garrett Sim sank a pair of layups to unlock the tie and that got the crowd into it again. The building is shaking. Gant quieted the crowd with a mid-range jumper. Oregon 30-28 with 6:01 left.
PONDEXTER TO THE RESCUE — Without Bryan-Amaning, Pondexter is doing it in the low post and on the perimeter. He just sank a trey. UW 26-26.
DUCKS GAINING MOMENTUM — Oregon has worked its way back into the game while Washington has become tentative because of the foul troubles. UW has no inside with Bryan-Amaning on the bench. Oregon 24-21.
DUCKS FLYING HIGH — Oregon took its first lead on a free throw from Dunigan. Oregon 20-19.
UH-OH — The crowd is in it now. Porter just sank a long three-pointer to tie the score 19-19.
FOUL TROUBLE — Breshers collected his third foul trying to retrieve one of his missed layups. He’s out and Darnell Gant is in. UW is in the penalty and Oregon is shooting free throws. The fouls are lopsided. UW 7, Oregon 1. UW 19-16.
TALKING TRASH — Dunigan forced in a layup despite a foul from Bryan-Amaning and bumped the Husky center with his shoulder while celebrating the score. Everybody on the UW bench saw it, but the officials didn’t. Bryan-Amaning has two fouls and he’s out now. Breshers is in and Dunigan is taking it to him as well. UW 19-13.
PONDEXTER IN THE STANDS — Pondexter dove over the scorer’s table and landed on an official trying to secure a loose ball. He missed the ball, which rolled off his fingers. UW 17-10.
THIRD SUB — Scott Suggs is in, Holiday out. UW 15-10.
SECOND SUB — Tyreese Breshers is in for Bryan-Amaning. Oregon’s Michael Dunigan is also in.
FIRST SUB — Venoy Overton checks in for Gaddy with 16:06 left. UW 10-5.
MATCHUPS — Holiday is defending Armstead and Gaddy is on Singler. Holiday is keeping Armstead out of the paint, which is something UW didn’t do last time. UW 10-5.
GOOD START — UW came out on fire connecting on its first three shots and taking a 6-0 lead. Bryan-Amaning got things started with an open layup and he scored on another layup. Pondexter also had a layup. Oregon stormed back scoring five straight points before Pondexter flushed a dunk. UW 8-5.
NO LIVE STREAM — Just got an e-mail from a UW spokesman who said there is not a live streaming feed so save your money and don’t try.
ROY HAS GOOD SEATS — He’s sitting in the front row, near midcourt across from the players.
STARTERS — No change for UW: Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday, Quincy Pondexter, Abdul Gaddy and Thomas.
Oregon: F Jeremy Jacob, F E.J. Singler, G Malcolm Armstead, G LeKendric Longmire and G Tajuan Porter.
HONORARY CAPTAINS — Roy was greeted with applause and just a small smattering of boos when he was honored before the game. Ducks coach Ernie Kent gave him a signed basketball at midcourt. Oregon also honored former coach Dick Harter and the fans began stomping, which has the old building shaking.
MASCOT NEWS — Watching Oregon’s feathered mascot makes me think of a story that was on the front page of the Register-Guard today. Pretty whacky. Apparently, the school and Walt Disney ended their handshake agreement on shared usage of the duck mascot.
LATE-ARRIVING CROWD — Oregon hasn’t has a sellout all season, but I’m told this game could be the first. With about 10 minutes before tip-offf, the place is about two-thirds full.
MORE HUSKIES IN THE HOUSE — Just spotted former UW player Donald Watts.
NO TV, SORT OF — FSN bailed on the game, so it’s not on cable but there might be a way to watch online. I’m told Oregon is providing streaming video and I saw on a post that someone included a link. Not sure if it will work. Let me know.
A HUSKY IN DUCK TERRITORY — Former Husky standout Brandon Roy is an honorary captain tonight and he met with the media in a pre-game ceremony. Roy walked in wearing a Husky jersey and jacket.
“It’s good to be back here, back in this room and back on a college campus,” he said.
Roy, an All-Star with the Portland Trailblazers, was unsure what type of reception he’s going to receive from the Duck crowd.
“I think if I wasn’t wearing purple it would probably be a good reception, but since I’m wearng purple I don’t know,” he said. “They’re great, the fans so hopefully they’re not too hard on me.”
Roy spoke with coach Lorenzo Romar before the game in the visiting locker room and he’s on the court watching the Huskies warmup. Several players are wandering over his way to say hello, inicluding Isaiah Thomas.
LIVE FROM EUGENE — Made it to McArthur Court and walked around the old building for a bit. So many memories. This place is a rustic bandbox. So much wood. It literally creaks. I was always afraid if this place caught fire. It would go up in smokes in seconds.
IT’S OVER — UW 86-72.
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