IT’S OVER — UW 87-69.
THOMAS DUNKED — Thomas dunked for the first time, which brought the house down. He threw down a left-handed slam. UW 84-66.
JUST STOP — This is getting ridiculous. Ross can’t miss. Except at the free throw line. He just scored on a tough layup despite being fouled.
OH MY — Thomas connected with Ross for an alley-oop dunk that should lead ESPN’s show tonight. Amazing. On the other end, Thomas collected a steal, drove the other way and dribbled around Loyd for a sweet layup. And finally, Catron went up for a layup, but Ross slammed the shot into the floor. The Huskies will win this game. UW 75-59, 3:48.
LOOK WHO’S FINISHING THE GAME — UW has Thomas, Ross, Suggs, Gant and N’Diaye on the floor. UW 71-59, 5:04.
SLOWING DOWN — That goes for me and the Ducks. Looks like they are running out of gas. Washington is control. Just noticed the Huskies have only taken three free throws. Amazing. I have to slow down to write the game story. UW 67-59, 5:45.
CAREER HIGH — Ross has a career-high 19 points after nailing a three-pointer. This kid is something else. UW 67-59.
BRYAN-AMANING SENDS ONE DOWN — Holiday delivered a perfect bounce pass to Bryan-Amaning who flushed a tomahawk jam. Altman is frustrated with Armstead and pulled him from the game. UW 64-57, 7:39.
CHECK OUT THIS LINEUP — Washington is putting Oregon away and it’s doing it with Overton, Ross, Suggs, Gant, Bryan-Amaning on the floor. The building is as loud as its ever been this season. UW 60-53, 10:56.
DANGER TIME FOR OREGON — Washington has the momentum now. And the crowd is pumped. Suggs drained a three-pointer and Bryan-Amaning redirected a putback that put UW ahead 56-51 with 12:51 left.
ROSS AGAIN — This time Ross drove into the lane, jumped, double clutched and dropped in a layup. Beautiful. UW 50-49.
NICE PLAY BY THOMAS — Thomas drove into the lane, didn’t find an open man and waited for an opening. After a second, he leaned back and banked in a short jumper. UW 48-47, 15:00.
ROSS AND CATRON — Ross and Catron have 14 points. UO 47-46, 16:08.
IT’S ROSS’ WORLD — Romar went to the bench and Ross answered with a three-pointer. On the other end, Catron keeps it going and drilled a long jumper in Bryan-Amaning’s grill. UW 44-44.
CATRON TAKING OVER. — Catron hit two free throws to give Oregon its first lead. UO 42-41, 17:57.
CATRON STEPS OUT — Didn’t think Catron had three-point range, but the big man drained a three-pointer to cut UW’s lead to 41-40.
SECOND HALF — Same starters. Correction. Jonathan Loyd started at guard for Oregon and not Armstead.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Ross is showing the Husky fans – those who didn’t travel to Los Angeles for the USC games – what they didn’t see last week when he took over the Trojans game for long stretches. He’s putting on a show complete with three-pointers, solid defense and highlight finishes. His spin move in the lane is lethal. And he’s able to find seams in the zone defense that only Thomas can find. Ross has 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
Suggs is also having a nice game. He’s connected on 3 of 4 shots, including 2 for 2 behind the arc. And Thomas is having a nice game. He’s not scoring. He has just two points and has missed four of five shots, but he’s making the game easier for everyone else. He has six assists, including some nice passes to Bryan-Amaning.
The Huskies need to be concerned about the rebounding. They’re being outrebounded 19-16. And someone needs to stay with Sim, who is perfect on three attempts and has eight points. If not for him knocking down some long jumpers, Washington would have a comfortable lead.
Overton provided a spark, but he sat for long minutes late in the first half primarily because Ross was on fire.
The Huskies have forced 11 turnovers and they have just five TOs. Didn’t think Oregon would hang around this long. The Ducks are a scrappy team.
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HALFTIME — UW 39-33.
IT’S GETTING HEATED. — Jay-R Stowbridge shoved Thomas in the shoulder and was not called for a foul. The fans are into it now. UW 39-33.
THERE’S THE FRESHMAN AGAIN — Ross intercepted a pass to start a 2-on-1 fastbreak. He faked a pass to Thomas that got Armstead off balance and drove around the Oregon guard for an off-balance layup despite being fouled. Ross missed the free throw. UW 37-31.
IT’S A TIE — Williams hits both. UW 31-31, 3:04.
WORRIED LOOKS — Not sure if anybody thought Oregon would hang around this long. There’s a few distressed looks in the stands. The coaching staff is animated. Especially Romar. The players appear focused.
BONUS — Looked like Holiday beat Williams to the spot and took a charge, but the referee called a blocking foul. Oregon is in the bonus and Williams will have a chance to tie the game. UW 31-29, 3:04.
PICKING UP AGAIN — Oregon is using the press sporadically. When it does, Washington gets open looks. When it doesn’t, the Huskies are struggling to generate offense. Ross and Suggs look very comfortable on the floor. UW 31-27, 3:40.
DIFFERENT GAME — Oregon has stopped pressing and are falling back into a zone, which is making this more of a half court game. Thomas has the ball and he’s making the important decisions. UW 26-24, 5:16.
NICE PLAY — Out of a timeout, Thomas found Bryan-Amaning under rim for a layup. Oregon is not going away. UW 26-24, 6:24.
DUCKS RUNNING — UW led 22-13, but now it’s 24-21 with 7:47. That’s a 8-2 run for Oregon. The distressing thing for the Huskies, the Ducks are scoring inside. They’re not shying away from N’Diaye and Bryan-Amaning and they’re attacking the basket for layups.
THE OLD OVERTON IS BACK — Overton has a different look. Can’t really explain it better than that. He’s focused. He’s talking to teammates and the Ducks. He’s just in the game. UW 24-21, 8:24.
IT’S A FAST PACE — Both teams are hustling. Washington has no problems taking quick three-pointers. Ross drained a trey from the corner and Overton knocked down a 3-ball near the top of the key early in the shot clock. At this pace, Washington will score about 85 points. Not sure if Oregon can keep this going. UW 19-12, 11:50.
PRESS WORKING? — Ross is having trouble getting the ball in against the press. Once he did, Thomas was able to beat the zone and find Gant for an easy layup. UW 13-9, 13:28.
THIRD SUB — Scott Suggs replaces Holiday. UW 11-9, 13:58.
SECOND SUB — Darnell Gant is in for N’Diaye. UW 11-7, 14:37.
GREAT DEFENSE — Catron is too short. He went up for two layups and both times N’Diaye and Bryan-Amaning stuffed his shot. Catron is 6 foot 6. On the other end, Bryan-Amaning flushed a nice two-hand dunk and hung on the rim for a few seconds. Some on press row believe he should have drawn a technical foul. Uw 11-4, 15:40.
FIRST SUB — Terrence Ross checks in for Overton.
OREGON GOES ZONE — In addition to the press, the Ducks are zoning defensively. It’s not working. UW 9-4, 15:59.
DUCKS CAN’T SHOOT — Oregon has missed its first four shots. UW 5-0, 17:30.
OREGON PRESSES — Just like advertised, Oregon is pressing. Overton and Thomas had no problems with it on the second possession, however, Thomas was caught jumping and had no where to go on the third possession. He was called for an offensive foul. UW 5-0, 18:33.
GADDY — Abdul Gaddy is dressed in all black street clothes. Definitely a different look for the UW sophomore who has started 42 straight games before tonight. He has an occaisional smile on his face.
DAWG PACK NEW WRINKLE — The Dawg Pack is holding up newspapers with the words “Who cares” in bold, black ink. Pretty cute. The UW students seem more amped then any other game. Think they know it’s the Pac-10 home opener.
STARTING LINEUPS – UW: Isaiah Thomas, Overton, Justin Holiday, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Aziz N’Diaye.
Oregon: G Malcolm Armstead, G Garrett Sim, F Jeremy Jacob, F E.J. Singler and F Joevan Catron.
IT’S OVERTON — Many of you may have heard, but Venoy Overton is starting tonight in place of Abdul Gaddy, who is out with a season-ending knee injury. Not sure if this is just for tonight or is this going to be a long-term replacement.
LATE START — Sorry folks, we got a late start to the game thread.