POST-GAME WRAP-UP — Heading home. Will file the post-game blog later tonight. Probably after the Arizona-Washington State game.
IT’S OVER — UW 88-75.
HEATING UP — UW 76-71, 2:00.
SLOWING DOWN — Got to slow down on the game thread and write the game story. Sorry. It’s a great game. I’ll update as much as I can. UW 70-68, 3:58.
DANGER TIME? — Not sure if that typical UW run is going to happen. This one could go down to the wire. ASU is hanging around and the Huskies have been unable to pull away. UW 62-58, 7:35.
MBA OUT — Bryan-Amaning is on the bench. Who scores? UW 62-58, 7:48.
BAD CALL — Gant was called for goal tending after blocking Abbott’s layup. Pac-10 refs. On the ensuing possession, Gant flushed an alley-oop dunk from Thomas, who returned. UW 62-56, 8:15.
THOMAS OUT — Thomas and Holiday are out. UW goes zone. It doesn’t work. King scores a layup. UW 60-54, 9:39.
MBA LIVE — Bryan-Amaning is closing in on his career high 28 points. He has 24. UW 56-50, 11:25.
UW TAKES 3O-SECOND TO — Interesting timeout from Romar. UW seemed as if it was rolling again. The momentum felt like it was swing back the Huskies. Still he wanted to get some instructions to his players. UW 56-50, 11:58.
CAN ASU WEATHER THE STORM — Feels like one of those classic UW runs where they string together baskets and strangle the opponents defensively. We’ll see what Sendek does to counter. He’s already burned an early timeout. He’s made two subs. Still nothing from Abbott who has been smothered like a blanket by Thomas. UW 50-45, 15:49.
HERE WE GO — The Huskies are off and running. Suggs drained a three-pointer. The tempo is up. The house is filling with energy. Play is getting chippy. It’s getting hot. UW 50-43.
EARLY TIMEOUT — The switch has worked. Thomas is taking Abbott out of the game. And Thomas is taking over. He connected with N’Diaye for a layup on a fastbreak before throwing a floater for Bryan-Amaning, who flushed a dunk. The crowd is in it now. Sendek called a quick timeout. UW 45-41, 18:00.
DEFENSIVE SWITCH — Thomas starts on Abbott. Holiday switches to McMillan. Bryan-Amaning takes Lockett. ASU 41-40, 19:33.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — This game feels a lot like the Oregon State contest. ASU is a scrappy team. The Sun Devils aren’t making this easy. Abbott is showing why he was a first-team all-conference pick last season. He has 13 points and three three-pointers. Abbott will probably be addressed in Romar’s halftime speech. Lockett hasn’t been bad either. He’s 4 of 5 from the field and has nine points. The Sun Devils are shooting 53.6 percent, which is somewhat amazing considering they’re a 40 percent shooting team.
Meanwhile, Bryan-Amaning can do practically anything he wants. If he stays active, he can reach 30 points. He has 16. Thomas is UW’s other offensive star. He has nine points and four rebounds. and two assists.
Holiday hasn’t made an impact offensively. He’s taken just two shots. And the other UW shooters are cold as well. The Huskies are 3 of 10 on treys.
HOLIDAY BOWL TROPHY — Sarkisian and the UW football staff walked to midcourt with the Holiday Bowl trophy. Big applause. Sarkisian said Washington has the best fans in America. He also said: “I want to thank you and by the way this is just the beginning. Go Dawgs.”
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 40-39.
AND JUST LIKE THAT — Washington is ahead 40-37 after Thomas sank drained a three-pointer. There’s 54.9 seconds left.
DOUBLE BONUS — UW will take two shots on every foul. UW 37-37, 1:39.
CAN’T MISS — The Sun Devils have scored on six of their last seven possessions. It’s not as if they’re hitting lucky shots. They’re making crisp passes. Setting screens and getting their shooters (Abbott and Kuksiks) open. Plus 7-2 center Jordan Bachynski has a nice dunk. ASU is shooting 54 percent from the floor. Still no panic from the UW bench or the crowd. ASU 33-27, 3:53.
ALLEY-OOP — At least once a game, Thomas finds someone for an alley-oop dunk. This time it goes to Holiday. It’s Thomas’ first assist. ASU 25-25, 5:30.
NOT A FLUKE — ASU is working its offense and creating open shots for Abbott, who has eight points. Holiday needs to keep track of him. ASU 21-18, 7:21.
THOMAS RETURNS — Thomas is back in.
WOW — The Sun Devils have made several nice shots and they’re playing solid defense. They’ve made a run while Thomas is sitting out. ASU 18-15, 9:04.
JUST A MATTER OF TIME — Washington’s size is too much for Arizona. Bryan-Amaning is wearing out the Sun Devil big guys and UW’s defense is forcing difficult shots. Washington is 5 for 13 from the field (38.5 percent). Once that improves, this game turns. UW 13-10, 11:59.
BIG DAY FOR MBA LIVE — Bryan-Amaning has eight of UW’s 11 points. UW 11-6, 13:39.
SARK’S SEATS — Looks like football coach got an upgrade in seats with the fat new contract. He’s sitting about six rows up across from the Dawg Pack near midcourt. He used to sit in the corner near the UW bench. Same score and time.
LONG DROUGHT — The Sun Devils haven’t sank a basket in a long time. They’ve missed on their last six possessions. Since trailing 3-6, UW is on a 6-0 run. UW 9-6, 15:08.
OVERTON — Venoy Overton is in for N’Diaye.
FIRST SUBS — Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox have replaced Suggs and Holiday. UW 7-6, 16:44.
TOO SMALL — The Sun Devils are just too small. Twice they had passes snuffed out by the Huskies. Suggs got one and Holiday go another. Still, the Huskies have missed open shots and trail. ASU 6-3, 17:42.
FIRST BLOOD — Holiday fed Bryan-Amaning for a layup. UW 2-0, 19:35.
BACK-TO-BACK 20-10 — The last person to register consecutive 20-10 seasons is Jose Juan Barea who did it with Northeastern. He finished with 27 and 11 against Delaware on Feb. 18, 2006. Five days later, he had 26 and 10 vs. Rider on Feb. 23. Got to give credit to AP writer Tim Booth who spent like 15 minutes looking up the stats.
SMALL LINEUP — No ASU starter is taller than 6-7. I’m guessing coach Herb Sendek has something up his sleeve.
STARTING LINEUPS: No change for UW: Thomas, Aziz N’Diaye, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Scott Suggs and Justin Holiday.
ASU: Change for the Sun Devils. Felix returns and Kyle Cain is in the starting lineup. The other starters include: G Ty Abbott, G Jamelle McMillan and G Trent Lockett.
PITY THE FOOL — Just met Mr. T who picked up his prize for winning the Guess the UW Score contest. Cool guy and a lucky guy with an attractive wife.
NO GADDY — Abdul Gaddy is not on the bench or in the stands for the second straight home game. Romar said Friday Gaddy is away recuperating from season-ending knee surgery.
LATE-ARRIVING CROWD — As usual, a Saturday afternoon game is off to a slow start in terms of the fans in the stands. The atmosphere at Hec Ed is rather bland. Nothing like Thursday, which was electric and popping with nervous energy. This game has a weird vibe. Fans aren’t really into it yet. We’re about 20 minutes away. No derisive chants from the DP at ASU. Just a feeling that the Huskies will win and let’s just get it over with.
DAWG PACK SERENADE — The Dawg Pack sang happy birthday to Kent. And it sounded like a sincere chant. No mocking. No signs. No jeering or anything. Looks and sounds as if the DP is laying off Kent now. I believe coach Lorenzo Romar asked the students to be kind to Kent.
MORE NOTES — Matthew Bryan-Amaning needs six steals to be the second UW player with at least 100 blocks and 100 steals. … UW is attempting to go 7-1 in the Pac-10 for the first time since 1987. … Thomas needs 13 points to pass Detlef Schrempf for 13th place on UW’s all-time scoring list. Thomas also needs seven assists to overtake Brandon Roy and Donald Watts for No. 7 on UW’s all-time assists list.
SOMETHING TO WATCH FOR — Isaiah Thomas is one of two players in UW history to have back to back 10-assists games. The other player is Raphael Stone who did it in 1969. No UW player has ever did it in three straight games.
ASU AILING — Reserve forward Carrick Felix, who missed Thursday’s game because of the flu, is on the court. Assistant coach Dedrique Taylor who also had the flu made the trip to Washington with Felix. Taylor was unable to attend Friday’s practice, but should be on the bench today.
FSN — Steve Physioc is the play-by-play announcer for FSN and former Oregon coach Ernie Kent is providing commentary.
PREGAME — The Arizona State players were on the court when I arrived about two hours before the game. They were out there before Terrence Ross so you know that’s early. The Sun Devils aren’t a great shooting team so conceivably they need all the time they can get to get adjusted to the Hec Ed rims and sight lines.