IT’S OVER — UW 73-67 OT.
UW FANS ENJOYING THEMSELVES — Husky fans are shouting: “Just like football!” UW 71-67, 4.7 seconds.
FREE THROW CONTEST — Refs taking over again. UW 68-64, 26.6.
OVERTON TAKING OVER — He’s got four points in the extra period. UW 66-61, 47.9 seconds.
ROSS FOULS OUT — Ross picked up his fifth foul on an awful call. He was going for a loose ball and the ref 20 feet away called the foul. UW 60-58, 2:37.
OVERTIME — Overton missed a long jumper and UW corralled the rebound. The Huskies had the ball with 39.9 seconds. Thomas dribbled out the shot clock before lofting a long shot that missed. USC never got off a shot. UW 55-55.
ROOKIE MISTAKE — Ross fouled Vucevic while going for a missed free throw. He had no shot at the rebound. Vucevic drained both. UW 55-55, 1:15.
HERE WE GO — Ross knocked down a big basket in the lane before Vucevic drained a three-pointer. UW 54-53, 1:26.
TERRENCE ROSS WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN! — Ross drained a step-back three. Amazing. UW 51-46, 4:49.
BYE, BYE N’DIAYE — N’Diaye fouls out. Bryan-Amaning checks in with three fouls. UW 48-46, 5:17.
BIGGEST LEAD FOR UW — Ross sank a short hook. UW 48-45, 6:40.
REFS ARE TAKING OVER — Hate to beat a dead horse here, but the Pac-10 officiating is brutal. They’re calling fouls that’s not there. UW 46-45, 8:03.
HOLIDAY HAS FOUR — That’s four fouls for Holiday. He’s out. N’Diaye is in. USC 45-42, 9:06.
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS … — But I got to slow down. I wont’ abandon the game thread. I know more folks may be reading than normal, but I got to start the game story. USC 42-40, 10:47.
N’DIAYE HAS FOUR — That’s four fouls on N’Diaye. He’s out. Holiday is in. USC 38-36, 13:23.
ROSS CHECKS IN — The freshman is back in the game. The Huskies have also gone back to their zone defense. USC 38-36, 14:26.
THIS IS PAC-10 BASKETBALL — Great action on both ends. Vucevic blows past N’Diaye for a layup. Thomas counters with a driving layup over Vucevic despite being fouled. The building is electric. Both crowds going at it. Good stuff. USC 38-35, 14:26.
WAITING FOR THE ZONE — The Huskies haven’t broken out the zone just yet. USC 34-33, 15:42.
THREE ON GANT — That’s three fouls on Gant. He’s replaced by N’Diaye. USC 31-30.
THREE ON BRYAN-AMANING — That’s three fouls on Bryan-Amaning. Looks like he’s staying in. USC 31-30, 17:53
NO WILCOX — If you’re wondering what happened to C.J. Wilcox, he’s out with a sore hip. UW 28-28, 18:44.
ROMAR HEATED — The Huskies started the half with a play for Holiday in the post perhaps wanting to take advantage of the size matchup. He lost the ball, but UW retained possession because it called a timeout. Before going to the bench, Holiday got an earful from Romar. UW 28-26, 19:35.
SECOND HALF — Gant started in place of N’Diaye. (Sorry for the earlier post).
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Great half of basketball for the Huskies. I think I understand what Romar is doing. He’s turned this game into a three-point shooting contest with the zone and hoping the Huskies better shooters do their thing. It’s a sound strategy. Anyone whose ripped Romar for not being a good Xs and Os coach needs to get video of this game. Too bad it’s not on TV. He’s packed the paint with bodies. Vucevic and Stepheson are negated. He’s put the game into the hands of Fontan, Maurice Jones and Simmons. He’s daring them to shoot. The zone doesn’t tire out the Huskies. They can get a hand up for the shooters. The ploy has worked marvelously. USC is 1 for 10 on three-pointers.
Offensively, the Huskies are taking advantage of 5-7 Maurice Jones. This is what what Texas and Kansas did to the Trojans. He’s a short guy and you can shoot over him, which is what Ross has done for three three-pointers.
Thomas was taken out of the offense by Simmons, but Thomas hasn’t stopped probing and looking for his shot. He found Ross for a three-pointer and he’s scored on two dribble drives.
Tough sledding for Bryan-Amaning, who has a team-leading nine points. He has his hands full with Stepheson. N’Diaye has three fouls and he’s been ineffective. The Huskies can’t lose Bryan-Amaning, who has two fouls. He’s still being very aggressive with Vucevic and that could be dangerous.
It’s been a little surprising that Holiday hasn’t made a bigger impact.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 28-26.
BRYAN-AMANING IN FOUL TROUBLE — Bryan-Amaning has two fouls. Looks like he’s staying in the game. USC 26-23, 2:06
THOMAS BREAKS FREE — Thomas scored his first bucket on a layup. USC 24-23, 2:52.
GOOD GAME — Each possession matters. It’s gritty. Washington has gone almost entirely with the zone and the Trojans haven’t figured it out. It’s a great ploy. On the other end, the Huskies haven’t figured out USC’s defense either. UW has all but abandoned it’s running game. This is a half court game. USC 24-21, 3:43.
N’DIAYE CHECKS OUT — N’Diaye picked up his third foul. He’s out. USC 22-18, 4:38.
N’DIAYE CHECKS BACK IN — N’Diaye returns with two fouls. USC 20-18, 5:36.
ALMOST ALL THE WAY BACK — Ross missed a 3, but Holiday scored on the putback. USC 19-18, 6:02.
STAR IN THE MAKING? — Terrence Ross has scored on back-to-back three-pointers. He’ll have open shots tonight. USC 19-16.
UW FANS NOT SO LOUD ANYMORE — This start took the wind out of the sails of the Huskies fans who were amazing before the game. Can’t blame them. No one saw this kind of start for Washington. Same score. Same time.
ZONE AGAIN — Okay the zone is working. The Huskies have used it at least on two possessions. Not sure if they’ll do it for a long stretch, but the Trojans offense stalls. The weave thing isn’t as effective. USC 19-10, 7:40.
HUSKIES ON THE RUN — UW has scored six unanswered points. Holiday hit a three-pointer, Overton hit a layup and Bryan-Amaning scored on a putback. USC 16-10, 8:35.
MAKING THEM WORK — The Trojans are also being patient offensively. They do the weave thing for about 20 seconds before initiating their offense.
SPREADING THEM OUT — The Trojans are spreading the Huskies out. They’re spacing the floor. They have their point guard out high. He dribbles and hands off. When the Huskies over commit, the guard dives into the lane for a layup or passes outside to an open man on the perimeter. USC 16-4, 10:24.
BACK TO MAN TO MAN — The zone defense was a one-possession thing. UW is back to man-to-man defense. Same score. Same time.
WHERE’S THE CALL? — The Huskies offense has stalled. Bryan-Amaning is the only viable option right now and he just had a hook blocked by Stepheson and failed to get a call on another badly missed shot. He looked at the refs hoping for a call that didn’t come. Not looking good for UW. USC 16-4, 11:34.
UW GOES ZONE — You don’t see it often, but the Huskies have switched to a zone. Not sure what kind. Looks like a 1-3-1. USC 14-4, 13:07.
DEFINITELY NOT A GOOD START — Washington is being dominated. Two quick turnovers led to a pair of dunks from Simmons and Vucevic. Romar called a timeout. USC 12-2, 14:53.
BAD NEWS FOR UW — N’Diaye picked up his second foul and has checked out. Darnell Gant is in. USC 8-3, 15:31.
FIRST SUB — Scott Suggs checked in for Holiday and he missed a three-pointer. UW is 1 for 7 from the field. USC 6-2, 15:31.
MAYBE NOT SO ODD — The taller Simmons is making life miserable for Thomas and Holiday has yet to make USC pay for the putting a smaller guy on him. UW missed its first five shots before Bryan-Amaning banked in a layup. USC 6-2, 16:14.
ODD MATCHUP — Simmons is starting on Thomas, which puts 6-foot Fontan on Holiday. USC 2-0.
TWO QUICK FOULS — USC has two quick fouls. No score.
BACK IN BLACK — Forgot to mention, the Huskies are wearing their black uniforms.
PULLED FROM TWITTER — On UW’s Twitter account, the team tweeted: “USC’s Donte Smith just said ‘bleep’ about all the #Huskies in attendance. Ref just said, “Where are we, Seattle?” to UW coaches. Classic.”
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Isaiah Thomas, Abdul Gaddy, Holiday, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Aziz N’Diaye.
USC: Jio Fontan, Maurice Jones, Marcus Simmons, Nikola Vucevic and Alex Stepheson.
INTERESTING NOTE — Washington is one of four teams in the nation to force its opponents into more turnovers than assists in every game this season. The others: Kansas State, Louisville and Cincinnati.
IT’S A DAWG HOUSE — The UW fans should be proud of themselves. They’re loud and vocal. They’re chanting “Go Huskies” and it’s drowing out the place. USC is out of school and there’s no students here. The older Trojans fans are sitting on their hands.
NO TV — I thought we got the word out, but apparently some folks still do not know the game is not on TV. It will be shown at USCTrojans.com later tonight. There might be a fee.
LOOK OF INTENSITY — Spoke to a fan as I was walking in who greeted the Huskies as they walked off the bus. He said they appeared focused. No smiling. The guys have the same look during warmups. All business.
PLENTY OF PURPLE — We’re still about 90 minutes from tip off and already there’s a good number of Husky fans in the building. Lots of purple, including a guy wearing a furry Dawg hat. Cute.
ON THE COURT — Terrence Ross was the first player on the court. Justin Holiday next. He looks good. Doesn’t appear to have any lingering effects from the foot sprain.
LET’S GET IT STARTED — Making an early start tonight on the game thread for a late game. Arrived at Galen Center just after the Husky bus pulled up.