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March 11, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Oregon game thread

IT’S OVER — UW 69-51.
RECORD SETTER — Thomas has 12 assists, which ties the tournament record. UW 63-49, 1:45.
NAIL IN COFFIN? — Thomas found Wilcox in the corner for a three-pointer. He was also fouled on the shot and will go to the line. UW 60-47, 3:58.
IN THE BONUS — The Huskies will take a free throw on every foul. UW 55-44, 5:05.
FOUR ON CATRON — Catron picked up his fourth foul. He’s out. UW 47-42, 8:03.
BIG BASKET — Thomas drained a three-pointer. The Huskies needed that. It seems as if things are falling apart. They’re bickering with each other on the court. They’re still committing turnovers. Thomas’ basket came at the end of a frantic offensive possession. UW 47-40, 9:12.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — Feels like Washington is barely hanging on. The Huskies are gassed. They’re dragging defensively. They’re settling for outside shots that are hitting the front of the rim. And they’re making mental mistakes and turnovers. Romar is telling them: “Don’t be nervous on offense.” UW 44-36, 11:15.
ROMAR TIMEOUT — Romar is heated. He’s mad the Huskies haven’t gotten to loose balls. He yelled: “We’re playing soft.” He’s demanding more energy. UW 44-34, 13:21.
IN CONTROL — The Huskies are in command of the game. Oregon scored back-to-back baskets when Thomas threw his second alley-oop pass and connected with Holiday for a dunk. UW 41-30, 15:25.
OREGON TIMEOUT — After Gant sank a layup, coach Dana Altman called a timeout. The Huskies are on a 9-4 run. UW 39-25, 17:35.
THREE ON ROSS — Ross is out with three fouls. Gant is in. He sank a layup.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams. Wilcox drained a three-pointer. UW 33-21, 19:28.
TAKE A LOAD OFF — While the other Huskies put shots up when the came on the court, Romar pulled Thomas to the side and directed him to sit on the bench. Smart move. Thomas needs all the rest he can get.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Washington has held Oregon to 9 for 36 (34.6 percent) shooting from the field. The Huskies are winning with their 2-3 zone defense. The Ducks can’t get anything easy. Singler who was averaging 22.5 points in the tournament has 5 on 2-for-5 shooting. The Huskies forced a 24-second clock violation and they’re making Oregon shoot 2 for 10 on three-pointers.
Offensively, Washington is doing just enough to control the game. Nobody has been outstanding just yet. Thomas is playing a measured game. He’s poking at Oregon’s zone with dribble drives and dishes. He has five assists.
Suggs has been very efficient and knocked down every shot he’s taken. He has a game-high 8 points on 3-for-3 shooting. Suggs made a fantastic dribble drive before converting a short leaning jumper.
Gant as also been opportunistic. He’s been in the right place on both ends. He has six points and six rebounds.
The Huskies look as if they put last night’s emotional win behind them. They’re playing the kind of game they need to survive and advance. This is what tournament basketball is all about.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 30-21.

ZONE IS WORKING — Not only are the Huskies able to rest just a bit in the zone, they’re keeping Oregon out of the lane and on the perimeter. The Ducks are 8 for 23 from the floor. UW 25-18, 2:57.
UW TIMEOUT — Teondre Williams flew to the rack from the left wing and flushed a one-hand dunk. Romar called timeout. UW 23-18, 3:46.
THOMAS IN — The Huskies ran two possessions with Thomas on the bench. He’s back in. If he’s going to rest, it has to be defensively in the zone. UW 23-16, 4:28.
THOMAS OUT — Thomas takes a breather. Suggs is the point guard. UW 18-14, 6:27.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — This is not the same Ducks team that played last night. They look tired. But then Washington’s defense has something to do with that. UW 16-9, 7:56.
HIGHLIGHT — Against Oregon’s 2-3 zone, Ross ran along the right baseline and Thomas connected with him a pass for an alley-oop dunk. Ross flushed it with two hands. Hasn’t seen that play in awhile. On the other end, the Huskies are playing zone at times. Not sure why. UW had a 12-4 lead and the zone left Jay-R Stowbridge open for a three-pointer. UW 12-7, 11:12.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — Ragged start for both teams. The Huskies have six possessions without a basket, Oregon five. Washington is having a difficult time getting inside. Wilcox drained a three-pointer and Gant hit a long jumper. Defensively, UW is playing well. There’s nothing inside for Oregon. UW 5-4, 14:41.
FIRST SUBS— Darnell Gant and Scott Suggs are in for Holiday and Ross. UW 3-2, 15:52.
NO ZONE — Unlike the previous game against Oregon, UW is playing man-to-man defense. Ore 2-0, 17:41.
MATCHUPS — MBA on Catron, Holiday has Singler, Thomas is on Sim, Ross has Nared and Wilcox is on Armstead.
STARTING LINEUPS — Same starters for UW: Isaiah Thomas, Justin Holiday, Terrence Ross, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and C.J. Wilcox.
Oregon: G Malcolm Armstead, G Garrett Sim, F E.J. Singler, F Tyrone Nared and F Joevan Catron
PAYTON IN THE HOUSE — Just spent 10 minutes being chewed out by Gary Payton. I took the position that WSU’s Klay Thompson should come back to college. Payton took the opposing view. He thinks Thompson will be taken in the top 10 of the draft.
FRONT ROW FAN — Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was sitting in the front row for the Arizona-USC game.
MOVING ON — Arizona punched a ticket to Saturday’s finals with a 67-62 victory over USC.

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