IT’S OVER — UW 98-72.
ALMOST OVER — Brendan Sherrer is in. UW 90-66, 2:53.
BIG OVATION — N’Diaye got a big cheer after knocking down the first of two free throws. He missed the second one. UW 77-54.
SLOWING DOWN — The Huskies are firmly in control leading 74-49 with less than 11 minutes remaining. I’ve got to write the game story. I’ll continue updating if anything major happens.
HOLIDAY PUTS ON A SHOW — Holiday has tied his career high 16 points. UW 69-46, 12:35.
HUSKIES TURNS UP THE HEAT — Eastern has scored just five points. Washington is getting after it on the defensive end. Thomas is diving on the floor. Gaddy is taking a charge. Bryan-Amaning is getting a steal. They’re all over the place. The good defense has led to solid offense. UW 56-39, 15:48.
WOW — Bryan-Amaning collected a steal, led the break and guided a half-court pass to Holiday for a layup. UW 55-37.
THAT SEEMS TO HAVE WORKED — The Huskies have began the second half with a 7-0 run. Bryan-Amaning has cleaned the glass for two putbacks and Holiday drained a three-pointers. UW 49-34, 18:35.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for EWU. Overton starts in place of Gant. UW has a three-guard lineup.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The Huskies were supposed to be improved in the shooting department, but not in the first half. They missed 14 of 19 three-pointers and many were uncontested shots. Ross is 1 for 5 from downtown, Wilcox 1 for 4 and Thomas 1 for 3.
The Huskies have played well defensively in spurts. Overton’s spectacular play has masked several defensive gaffes. Overton should make the highlights with the back-to-back steals he had late in the half. On one play, he poked the ball away from Colimon and Forbes before flipping a no-look pass over his shoulder to Bryan-Amaning for a dunk. On the next possession, Overton swiped Colimon for a layup. UW football coach Steve Sarkisian coined a phrase “Big and Little,” which describes the Huskies tonight. They’ve had some big, crowd-pleasing type of plays, but they’re not doing the little things properly. For instance, someone will flash in the middle and break the zone, but then they get trapped there and force a shot or force a turnover. Big and little.
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HALFTIME — UW 42-34.
THOMAS COLLECTS A TECHNICAL — Thomas picked up a technical for swinging on the rim. EWU 40-32.
OVERTON TAKES OVER — Overton collected two highlight steals that led to a Bryan-Amaning dunk and a layup. UW 40-30.
ROSS RETURNS — Ross is back in. Wilcox and Suggs had chances, now the freshman is on the court and he immediately sank a mid-ranger jumper. UW 36-28.
DECENT CROWD — Saw in the comments a question about the crowd. It’s okay, not great. I’d say somewhere around 8,000. Thomas called out the Dawg Pack on Twitter this week and the student section is packed. They’ve been just okay as well in terms of chants, cheers and creativity. UW 32-26, 3:50.
COLD FROM OUTSIDE — The Huskies are 5 of 16 on three-pointers. If they could make their treys, this game wouldn’t be close. UW 28-26, 5:23.
COUNTING ON WILCOX — Looks like the Huskies are hoping Wilcox can bust EWU’s zone. He’s getting a lot of minutes in the first half. UW 28-21, 6:46.
ROSS IS FEELING IT — The freshman has a team-high 7 points on 3-for-5 shooting. UW 25-21.
TAKING CONTROL — It was matter of time, but the Huskies are using its defense to slowly wrestle control away from the Eagles. EWU hasn’t gotten off a good shot in a couple of possessions and it is bothered by Washington’s pressure in the backcourt. UW 18-13, 11:40.
FIVE SUBS AND GADDY — Gaddy is in for Wilcox.
FIFTH SUB — Terrence Ross is in. All subs on the court for UW (Overton, N’Diaye, Suggs, Wilcox and Ross.) UW 16-13.
MAKE THAT THREE SHOOTERS — Overton drained a three to tie the game at 13.
FOURTH SUB — Scott Suggs replaces Thomas, giving UW two shooters. EWU 13-10, 13:47.
THIRD SUB — Aziz N’Diaye is in for Bryan-Amaning.
SLOPPY — The Huskies have committed three turnovers and they look out of sync. EWU’s 2-3 zone is causing them problems. Bryan-Amaning doesn’t have room to work in the middle and the shooters aren’t connecting. EWU 11-10, 14:59.
FIRST SUBS — Venoy Overton and C.J. Wilcox checked in for Gaddy and Gant. EWU 9-6.
THOMAS ANSWERS THE CALL — UW has struggled early, especially Gant who has a couple of turnovers. Thomas drained a necessary three-pointer to settle things down. EWU 9-6, 15:51.
EWU ZONE — Eastern begins with a zone that’s giving UW fits. The Huskies have missed 4 of 5 shots. EWU 6-3, 17-24.
QUESTION? — This from Danny O’Neil, who will average more points, Thomas or the Seahawks?
STARTING LINEUPS — Same starters for UW: Isaiah Thomas, Abdul Gaddy, Justin Holiday, Darnell Gant and Matthew Bryan Amaning.
F – Tremayne Johnson
F – Laron Griffin
F – Cliff Ederaine
G – Cliff Colimon
G – Jeffrey Forbes,
EWU GETTING HEALTHY — The Eagles will start guard Cliff Colimon, their backup point guard who was questionable because of an ankle injury. Colimon gives EWU an inexperienced ball handler.
CORREX – Eastern Washington sophomore Glen Dean, who is out with a stress fracture in his right foot, was not the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year was reported. He was the conference’s Freshman of the Year.
FSN HAS THE CALL — Tom Glasgow is handling the play-by-play duties and Francis Williams is the analyst.
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