IT’S OVER — Oregon 81-76.
CROWD GOES CRAZY — Singler hit two free throws. Overton missed a layup. Nared going to the line. UO 80-76, 7.7 seconds.
THAT WAS EASY — Overton drove the length of the court and scored on a layup. UO 78-76, 19.1.
NEED A MIRACLE — Thomas tried to get a steal, but drew a foul. Singler sank both shots. UO 78-74, 25.7 seconds.
NEED A STOP AND A BASKET — Altman called a timeout. UW trails 76-74 with 40 seconds left.
NEED A BASKET — Romar called a timeout after a Singler turnover. UW trails 78-72 with 1:21 left.
ATTENDANCE — Not quite a sellout. Just 11,925.
SETTING UP FOR A FANTASTIC FINISH — The Huskies had a chance to tied the game, but Suggs’ pass was picked off and Oregon scored on a layup. UO 72-68, 3:03.
HERE COME THE HUSKIES — Bryan-Amaning sank a tough layup and a free throw. UO 68-65, 5:26.
GUT-CHECK TIME — Here we go. Feels like it’s now or never. Thomas is taking over. He’s driving into the lane and scored on a pair of layups. UO 67-62, 6:02.
FULL COURT PRESS — The Huskies forced a turnover with a full court press that created a 5-second call. Seconds later, Suggs drained another three. UO 62-58, 7:25.
SUGAR BEAR — Nice move by Catron who maneuvered around Suggs on the baseline and finished with a deft layup. On the other end, Suggs sank his first basket, a three-pointer. UO 62-55, 7:42.
IS IT TOO EARLY TO PANIC? — The Huskies trail 58-50 with 11:16 left. There’s something wrong with this team. Something happened over the past week. Something went awry. Washington may comeback and win this game, but the questions will remain. This isn’t the same squad that dominated the conference in the first half of the Pac-10 season.
THREE STRAIGHT TURNOVERS — The Huskies have committed three straight TOs. First Overton, then Bryan-Amaning and N’Diaye. UO 55-47, 12:21.
WHAT WAS THAT? — On the inbound play, Overton threw a pass intended for Ross that flew out of bounds. Romar collected the loose ball and pounded it in the floor. The fans chanted for a technical. Are the Huskies losing their cool. UO 53-47,13:42.
STARTING TO LIKE THE PIT CREW — The Oregon student section is lively and loud. They engage the older fans and they’re somewhat creative. The game is stopped while the refs look at something on the replay monitors. Not sure what the problem is. UO 51-47, 14:04.
WHERE’S THE SPURT? — Wondering if the Huskies have a run in them. This is about the time in the game in their last meeting when UW went off on a 22-8 spurt. Can they do it again. UO 51-47, 14:04.
NICE PLAY — Bryan-Amaning deflected a pass, poked it away from an Oregon player and finished the play with a fast break layup. UO 49-47, 14:15.
DUCKS BOUNCE BACK — Oregon has scored five straight points. Singler drained a three-pointer and Catron sank a long jumper. UO 47-45, 15:58.
ROSS TO THE RESCUE — Ross gave UW a 43-42 lead on a three-pointer with 17:25 left. Major subs for Oregon.
N’DIAYE HURTING — N’Diaye was hit in the head on the offensive end. He stayed in the game and took a pair of foul shots. On the other end, he started to feel the effects of the blow. He staggered off the floor and is being monitored on the bench. UO 42-40, 18:01.
AND JUST LIKE THAT — We’re tied. Holiday started the half with a three-pointer. UW 37-37, 19:22.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The Huskies may look back on this game and the statistics will say they only trailed by three points at halftime, but the Ducks controlled the entire first half after falling behind 0-4.
Washington gained some momentum late in the half and maybe it can use that to figure out a way to slow down the Ducks and generate some consistent offense.
What’s killing the Huskies are 10 turnovers that has produced 18 points. Holiday has three TOs and Thomas and Overton each have two. Oregon has just two turnovers and the Ducks guards have done a great job taking care of the ball and creating scoring opportunities.
Bryan-Amaning is 6 for 8 shooting with a game-high 12 points in 15 minutes. He’s played a solid game on both ends of the floor. The Huskies need to ride on his shoulders.
It will be interesting to see if Thomas continues firing from outside. He’s in a bit of shooting slump. He could try to shoot himself out of it or he could focus on being a playmaker. We’ll see.
After scoring a career-high 18 points Thursday, Suggs is 0 for 3 today.
Holiday is doing a little bit of everything. You could argue one or his turnovers wasn’t his fault, but he had a traveling call and honestly I didn’t see the other one. He has five points, three assists, two rebounds and a block. Other than the turnovers, he’s had a nice game.
N’Diaye has also been dominant at times. He has six rebounds and he’s defended the rim.
Washington needs to continue what it’s doing. Mix up the zone and man-to-man defense. Perhaps extend a little defensively on the guards. I’m having a difficult time believing Loyd and Sim can hold up.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UO 37-34.
HEATING UP — Both teams are finding the range offensively. UO 37-34, 1:02.
BIG APPLAUSE — The fans cheered wildly when football coach Chip Kelly appeared on the video board.
NICE SHOES — Catron is wearing some spiffy lime green shoes while Singler and Stowbridge have on a pair of neon yellow kicks.
NEW NICKNAME — Catron reminds me of a buddy I used to call Sugar Bear. The Oregon forward has a variety of low-post moves and he can step out and sink a mid-range jumper. He’s solid. Definitely an all-conference player. UO 33-28, 2:55.
BLOODY NOSE — Bryan-Amaning took a hit in the face and walked off the court holding his nose. He’s on the bench receiving treatment.
BIG THREE-POINTERS — The Huskies desperately needed a pair of treys from Holiday and Thomas. Oregon led 29-20 before they sank the shots behind the arc. UO 29-26, 6:22.
GREAT PATIENCE — The Ducks are taking their time and finding holes within UW’s 2-3 defense. Loyd did a great job finding Jay-R Stowbridge for a layup. UO 25-16, 8:56.
BACK IN BLACK — Forgot to mention, the Huskies are wearing their black uniforms. UO 20-14, 11:07.
GOOD START FOR THE DUCKS — Oregon is shooting 50 percent from the field and the Ducks have converted 4 of 9 three-pointers. They’re getting good looks, which is surprising because UW was supposed to make an effort and improve its defense. That hasn’t happened yet. The Huskies are taking hurried shots, which has led to a few fast breaks baskets for Oregon. UO 20-13, 11:07.
FOURTH SUB — C.J. Wilcox is in.
WHERE’S THAT BEEN? — Overton drove to the rim hard and drew a foul. He missed both free throws. UO 11-14, 13:12.
THIRD SUB — Venoy Overton checked in for Holiday. UO 12-11, 13:51.
FIRST SUBS — Gant and Terrence Ross are in for N’Diaye and Suggs. Ross drained a trey the first time he touched the ball. UO 10-9, 14:56.
BRYAN-AMANING ON FIRE — Bryan-Amaning looks focused. Sure he just committed a turnover, but defensively he’s crouched low in a stance and he has a scowl on his face. He’s sank his first three shots and has all of the Huskies’ points. After an awful start, the Ducks have made three straight shots. UO 8-6, 15:49.
BAD SHOOTING — Oregon has missed four three-pointers and UW has missed three treys. Just dreadful. Bryan-Amaning has the only points on a layup and a dunk. Oregon coach Dana Altman called a quick timeout to get the Ducks re-focused. UW 4-0, 17:41.
ZONING — The Huskies start with a 2-3 zone that has forced two missed three-pointers. UW 2-0.
MAC COURT TRADITIONS — Just like in the old arena, the Pit Crew has the first six rows across from the benches. They’re also located behind the basket near UW.
WEAK INTRO — One more gripe. The pre-game introductions for Oregon were lame. Blame it on the sound system. You can’t hear the PA announcer and the music is muted. Without the sound, there’s not much energy. The crowd is trying to get things going, but it’s difficult.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Thomas, Scott Suggs, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday and Aziz N’Diaye.
Oregon: G Garrett Sim, G Johnathan Loyd, F E.J. Singler, F Tyrone Nared and F Joevan Catron.
ONE MORE PET PEEVE — There’s AT&T signs all over the place, which suggest the phone carrier is a sponsor at Matt Arena. That’s a little strange because it’s impossible to get service with my iPhone. Okay, I’m done complaining.
STILL WORKING OUT THE KINKS — This is just the fourth men’s basketball game at Matt Arena and it’s obvious the folks are still experiencing technical difficulties. The sound system emits a high-pitch whistle every now and then. It’s a little annoying.
PIT CREW SCOUTING REPORT — Just received a copy of the Pit Crew Post, the pre-game scouting report on the Huskies. Pretty tame stuff. There’s a diss about Justin Holiday. They encourage folks to talk to Isaiah Thomas. There’s a rumor that a football recruit Jadeveon Clowney will attend the game.
WILCOX MOVING OK — Redshirt freshman C.J. Wilcox injured his ankle Thursday, but he’s also warming up and looks to be just fine.
GANT LOOKS FINE — Coach Lorenzo Romar was unsure if Darnell Gant would play because the junior forward had a quadriceps bruise. However, Gant is warming up and he looks fine.
PRE-GAME LINK — Not sure why, but I’m linking to a Jim Moore story about Washington.
FINAL IN LA — UCLA beat St. John’s 66-59.
DUCKS AILING — Pulled this from the Register-Guard: “The Ducks are likely to battle the Huskies without 6-8 Jeremy Jacob, who continues to have pain and swelling in his left knee, which underwent surgery before the season. He hasn’t played in two of the past four games, including Thursday’s win over WSU, and participated in Friday’s practice on a limited basis.”
FSN HAS THE CALL — It must be a big game because FSN assigned its No. 1 broadcasting crew to broadcast the game. Kevin Calabro will handle the play-by-play duties and Marques Johnson will provide commentary.
BIG, BEAUTIFUL BUILDING — Despite the enticing aroma of hot dogs and popcorn, Matt Arena still has that new-car smell. We’re about 40 minutes before tip off and the building is filling up. Not sure if it’s going to be a sellout. Oregon folks prematurely said it was a sellout Friday, but as of late last night there were some tickets still available.