IT’S OVER — UW 74-63.
BYE, BYE SMITH — Smith fouls out. UW 68-61, 2:34.
HOWLAND CALLS FINAL TIMEOUT — Big three-pointer by Gant who put UW up 68-59 with 3:20 left. Got to slow down and write the game story.
BYE, BYE N’DIAYE — N’Diaye fouls out for the second straight game. He tried to set a screen, but the official determined he wasn’t set and called the foul. UW 63-57, 5:05.
THOMAS TO THE RESCUE — Thomas ripped Lee and zoomed in for a layup. The Huskies can’t stop Nelson. UW 63-57.
THAT’S FOUR ON N’DIAYE — N’Diaye picked up his fourth foul. Romar is leaving him in. UW 59-55, 6:18.
REFS TAKING OVER AGAIN — Washington has nine free throw attempts, UCLA 29. Wow. UW 59-52, 7:17.
BRYAN-AMANING HAS FOUR — That’s four fouls on Bryan-Amaning. Not good. The Huskies will need him down the stretch. UW 57-51, 7:50.
HERE WE GO — It’s a game again. Both teams are into it now. So is the crowd. The intensity has ratcheted up again. Should be a good finish. UW 57-51, 8:42.
YOU KNEW IT WASN’T GOING TO BE EASY — Bruins have the momentum. They’ve scored 13 unanswered points. The Huskies offense has disappeared. Gant has four fouls and N’Diaye has checked in. UW 55-51, 9:51.
BRUINS ARE JUMPING NOW — Nelson scored a layup to cut UW’s lead to 54-45.
ONE LAST RUN FOR UCLA? — Feels like the Bruins have one more run in them. Maybe that’s why Romar called a 30-second timeout. Thomas was called for carry and Honeycutt finished a fastbreak with a dunk that got the crowd to its feet. UW 54-42, 12:40.
FOUR ON SMITH — Smith has four fouls and he’s coming out again. He just can’t stay on the floor. UW 54-40, 12:54.
HOWLAND FUMING MAD — Make that a 12-0 run. N’Diaye scored on a putback. Howland is pushing buttons, but nothing is working. He’s making substitutions, but the Huskies are too good right now. UW 52-35, 14:06.
HUSKIES RUNNING — Washington is on a 10-0 run. UW 50-35, 14:42.
GREAT DEFENSE — After a timeout, the Huskies forced a shot clock violation. UCLA had no offensive options and Lee had to throw up a wild three-pointer that hit nothing but the floor. That shouldn’t happen. UCLA coach Ben Howland is too good of a coach for his team to look so disorganized. But credit the Huskies. They’re into the game emotionally and mentally thanks to Thomas. He’s got an intense look and he’s talking to every teammate. UW 46-35, 15:41.
HIGHLIGHT — Bryan-Amaning snags a rebound and throws ahead to Holiday for a 3-on-1 fastbreak. Holiday could have passed to Thomas or went for a layup. He tossed it back to Bryan-Amaning who flushed a two-hand dunk. It goes to show you how fast Bryan-Amaning is. He beat four Bruins down court after collecting the rebound. That shouldn’t happen. It also goes to show you UCLA is not a well-conditioned team. And Smith isn’t even on the floor. The Bruins just don’t run very fast. UW 46-35, 16:17.
THREE ON SMITH — Smith picked up his third foul and he’s been replaced by Lane. UW 42-35, 17:02.
THREE ON HONEYCUTT — Honeycutt picked up his third foul. Ticky-tack foul. UW 38-31, 19:05.
SECOND HALF — Gant starts for N’Diaye. Everyone else is the same.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Solid half for the Huskies. They did a lot of things very well. They’ve controlled UCLA’s tough front line and put Smith into foul trouble. Lee has kept the Bruins in the game with a game-high 10 points and Nelson has 7. Otherwise, UCLA has been bottled up.
Thomas is playing an excellent game. He’s doing a little bit of everything. He’s probing the defense, driving to the basket, finding open teammates for a game-high six assists and scoring from the outside. Thomas also has two rebounds, a steal and no turnovers. When he plays like this, he looks like a legitimate Pac-10 MVP candidate.
The Huskies have strayed a way from Bryan-Amaning, who has just for attempts. Not sure why. He has an advantage over Nelson on the offensive end. Despite the technical foul, Holiday has been steady with six rebounds and five points and solid defense on Honeycutt (five points).
The statistics say Washington should have a bigger lead. The Huskies have more attempts (33-25) and they’re shooting 51.5 as opposed to 36.0. Washington is 3 of 12 on three-pointers.
Romar used the zone twice and it’s been effective both times.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 38-31.
THOMAS MOVING UP — Thomas passed UW assistant Paul Foriter and moved into 17th place on UW’s all-time scoring list. UW 36-29.
N’DIAYE HAS THREE — That’s three fouls on N’Diaye. UW 31-29, 2:07.
N’DIAYE STEPS UP — N’Diaye has scored the last two baskets, cleaning up a Thomas missed free throw for a putback and dropping in a layup from a Thomas assist. N’Diaye height and length is making a difference. He can get balls that no one else can reach. UW 29-25, 3:48.
HUSKIES GO ZONE — Coach Lorenzo Romar breaks out the zone and it works on the first possession.
WILCOX CHECKS IN — Wrote too soon about Wilcox. He’s in the game and replaced Ross who has got to learn what is and what is not a good shot. UW 27-25, 5:30.
BRYAN-AMANING HAS TWO — That’s two fouls on Bryan-Amaning. UCLA is in the bonus. UW 25-25, 5:38.
TWO BEAUTIFUL DRIVES — Nelson took it pass inside the at the top of the key and nimbly drove around Holiday for a layup. Thomas quickly answered with a driving layup. UW 25-24, 6:01.
STILL NO WILCOX — I guess Wilcox hasn’t healed from the staph infection in his hip. He has not entered the game.
GETTING WILD — The pace has picked up. Not sure if that’s a good thing for UCLA. Washington thrives in a helter-skelter game. Thomas appears frustrated about not getting a call and Overton missed a wild layup, but this is the pace the Huskies prefer. They want to run up and down the court and the Bruins look as if they’re getting pulled into that game. UW 23-22, 7:38.
BRUINS FANS ARE IN IT NOW — Lee drained a three-pointer and the UCLA fans are into the game now. UW 23-22, 8:36.
TECHNICAL ON HOLIDAY — Holiday drained a three-pointer and picked up a technical for talking to the UCLA bench. Romar is heated. He’s screaming at Holiday. UW 23-19, 9:21.
SMITH HAS TWO — Smith picked up his second foul and is out of the game. That’s two Bruins in foul trouble. Honeycutt has two. UW 20-13, 10:20.
NICE BATTLE — Ross is paired against Lamb. They’re two of the better freshman in the Pac-10. UW 18-13, 10:41.
ROSS DOING IT AGAIN — Ross came in firing once again. He took Honeycutt in the post and banked a layup over the Bruin. Then he drew Honeycutt outside, dribbled between the wickets before launching a long jumper. On the next possession, Ross threw up a heat-check three-pointer that didn’t have a chance. The kid isn’t shy. UW 18-13, 11:52.
SUBS — Venoy Overton, Darnell Gant and Terrence Ross are in the game for Gaddy, N’Diaye and Holiday. UW 12-9, 13:49.
THOMAS ON FIRE — Thomas feels like he can score over Lee and he’s doing it. He’s got five points on 2-for-2 shooting. UW 12-7, 14:08.
TWO ON HONEYCUTT — Honeycutt has two quick fouls and has to leave. He’s replaced by freshman Tyler Lamb. UCLA 6-4, 17:42.
MATCHUPS — Thomas is on Lee. Bryan-Amaning has Nelson and N’Diaye is on Smith. Gaddy is on Jones and Holiday has Honeycutt. UCLA 4-2, 18:39.
BRUINS HOUSE — Definitely not as many Husky fans today as there was Wednesday at USC. The UW fans made Galen Center their homecourt. Today not so much. Looks like folks either stayed in San Diego or went home.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday, Aziz N’Diaye, Isaiah Thomas and Abdul Gaddy.
UCLA: Joshua Smith, Reeves Nelson, Malcolm Lee, Tyler Honeycutt and Lazeric Jones.
HOUSE OF HORRORS — UW is just 3-44 in the building. The Huskies are going for their third L.A. sweep ever.
BEST WEEK EVER FOR UW SPORTS? — Talked to a few Husky fans before the game and many are saying if Washington wins today, then this has been the best week ever for UW sports. I’d have to do a little research before making that statement. I’ll admit it’s been a blast. Wednesday’s win was amazing and Thursday’s upset was even better. We’ll see what happens today.
BIG JOSH — Joshua Smith is a huge. I was down on the court and got a good look at the 6-foot-5 UCLA freshman, who considered attending Washington. He’s listed at 305 pounds. I think that’s a bit conservative.
WILCOX — Haven’t talked to C.J. Wilcox, who missed Wednesday’s game because of a staph infection in his right hip, but he appears okay. He’s been warming up and doesn’t appear bothered by any kind of pain.
ON TV — FSN has the call. Steve Physioc is calling the play by play and Marques Johnson is doing the commentary.
VAGABOND BRUINS — Because of the construction, which will take about 18 months, UCLA has to find a place to play next season. The Bruins were hoping to play at the Forum, but those plans are now up in the air because the building has new owners. There’s talk of playing at the Sports Arena or Staples Center. No way UCLA plays at USC’s Galen Center.
PAULEY PAVILION — Pauley Pavilion has seen better days. The good news, the old building is undergoing a face lift. Groundbreaking happened in May and construction began in June. They’re going to keep the rafters and the roof. Everything else will be replaced. The new arena will have a new weight room, training room, film room, lounge in the lower area. There’s going to be a donar/booster room and a club room on the second level.