IT’S OVER — WSU 80-69.
COUGARS CHANTING — The few Cougars in the building are chanting while the refs are discussing the last play.
RUNNING OUT OF STEAM — Looks the Huskies are done. They made a valiant comeback, but they’ve run out of energy. WSU 74-59, 1:50.
HUSKIES RUNNING — Thomas drained a three-pointer to cut the lead to 65-58 with 4:08 left. You can barely hear yourself think. The crowd is into it now.
AWFUL CALL — Pac-10 refs strike again. Thomas was given a phantom call. Just awful.
COMEBACK? — Looks like the Huskies have another run in them. They’ve cut the lead to 61-47 with5:46 left.
BEAT THE TRAFFIC — Some fans are heading for the exits. WSU 59-43.
PRESS — UW is pressing full court. WSU 50-34, 11:25.
WHO SAW THIS SCORE? — WSU 50-32, 11:49. It’s the Cougars biggest lead.
THOMAS TRYING TO TAKE OVER — It’s Thomas Time. He’s trying to take over, which is good and bad. He’s being aggressive, but he didn’t pass to an open Gant and was forced into a turnover. Still, UW needs Thomas to lead the way. WSU 46-32, 13:02.
NERVOUS TIME — Thompson drained a three-pointer and Holiday answered with a trey. The Huskies are in desperation mode. Every possession is battle. The fans are all over the refs. The next seven minutes are critical. UW needs to get the game back into single digits and try to steal a win at the end. Never thought I’d write that sentence. WSU 41-27, 15:41.
ROMAR TEED UP — Romar was given a technical foul for protesting a call. The fans are going nuts. WSU 38-23, 16:47.
STRANGE CROWD — A fan screamed: “Wake up,” which seems to be the overriding sentiment from the crowd. WSU 26-19, 19:21.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.
DID YOU KNOW? — Washington’s 17 first-half points are the fewest points in the Lorenzo Romar era.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS: It’s been a putrid first half for both teams. Washington State was just slightly better. Just slightly. Both teams combined to shoot 16 of 61 from the field and committed 19 turnovers. Not sure if they’re nervous or whether it’s good defense.
Washington is 1 for 13 on three-pointers. Bryan-Amaning is scoreless on five attempts. Holiday is UW’s leading scorer with five while Thomas and Overton have combined for four points.
Thomas will have to be more aggressive in the second half. He’s going to have to attack at every opportunity like he did in the previous meeting. The Huskies better hope Thompson doesn’t get hot because if he does, he could put this game away for the Cougars. Thompson is 2 for 6, but he’s capable of stringing together several three-pointers.
The 17 points is a season low at the half for Washington. The previous low was 28 at Stanford.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — WSU 24-17.
MOMENTUM IS WEARING CRIMSON — The Cougars have taken control of the game. Their zone is making life miserable for the Huskies who can’t get an easy shot. They’re also getting decent looks on the offensive end. WSU 24-17, 1:01.
HEATING UP — Overton made a great play when he tracked a long rebound off of a Bryan-Amaning miss. The offensive rebound resulted in a Thomas layup. On the other end, Lodwick drained a contested three-pointer. WSU 18-15, 4:31.
ALL TIED UP — Overton tied the game with a dribble drive and short jumper. UW 13-13, 5:40.
SARK ON THE BIG SCREEN — Now UW football coach Steve Sarkisian is on the big screen. He got a bigger applause.
HAWES HONORED — Washington is honoring Steve Hawes who walked on the court and was greeted with a warm ovation.
CHASED DOWN — Bryan-Amaning chased down Motum and blocked his shot from behind. Gant did the same thing early in the game. Great plays. WSU 11-8, 8:31.
DROUGHT SNAPPED — The Huskies went 7:17 without a basket. N’Diaye scored on a putback. UW is 3 of 19 from the field. Ouch. WSU 11-6, 10:03.
BAD START — The Huskies are out of sync. Nothing is working. They’re missing layups, throwing the ball away and taking bad outside shots. Plus Holiday looks like he rolled his ankle. Washington is fortunate the Cougars are also playing poorly. WSU 11-4, 11:11.
ANOTHER SUB — Terrence Ross checked in for Thomas. On the previous possession, Thompson drained a beautiful three-pointer over Gant. WSU 7-4, 13:00.
SUBS — Darnell Gant is in for N’Diaye. He picked up a quick foul on Thompson. Venoy Overton also checked in for Wilcox. UW 4-4, 15:02.
SLOPPY START — Both teams have combined for six turnovers and seven points. WSU has four turnovers, UW two. UW 4-3, 15:29.
WSU ZONE — On UW’s third possession, WSU went with a zone. It didn’t work. Holiday drove baseline for a midrange jumper. UW 4-3, 17:24.
SLOPPY START — WSU has two turnovers and UW one. Thompson committed both turnovers for the Cougars on a bad pass and a travel. WSU 3-0, 18:27.
MATCHUPS — Thomas on Moore, Holiday on Thompson, N’Diaye on Casto, Bryan-Amaning on Lodwick and Suggs on Capers. When UW has the ball, Capers has Thomas and Casto has MBA.
FIRST TIME FOR WILCOX — Wilcox got to hear his name being called with the starters for the first time at home. The crowd gave him a nice ovation.
NEW DO ON CASTO — Casto cut his braids and he’s going with a close-cropped look.
PURPLE JACKET — Lorenzo Romar broke out the traditional purple sports coat. Casto just looked over at him and gave him a heads up. WSU coach Ken Bone came over, looked at the jacket and just started laughing. Now the refs are ribbing Romar. I swear, I think he gets a kick out of the attention he receives when he wears the purple jacket.
GETTING CROWDED — In the span of 30 minutes, the place has really filled up. We’re almost at capacity. The electricity is building. It’s starting to get that big-game feel.
STARTERS — No change for UW: Isaiah Thomas, C.J. Wilcox, Justin Holiday, Matthew Bryan Amaning and Aziz N’Diaye.
WSU: G Marcus Capers, G Reggie Moore, G Klay Thompson, F DeAngelo Casto and F Abe Lodwick.
SUGGS SITS — Scott Suggs will miss his third straight game since straining his left ACL last week at Arizona State. Washington hopes he’ll return this week, but he’s wearing street clothes and still walks with a slight limp.
CREATIVE SIGNAGE — The UW student section has some creative signs directed toward WSU sophomore Reggie Moore, who was suspended for a game this season after marijuana-paraphernalia was found in his room.
ACCIDENT ON MONTLAKE — There’s a two-car pileup at the Montlake Bridge, which makes getting to Hec Ed somewhat troublesome. Traffic was backed up to 520. We’re about 40 minutes away from the start and there’s hardly anyone here other than the Dawg Pack.