IT’S OVER — UW 75-65.
OH NO HE DIDN’T — Ross flushed an alley-oop dunk on Capers. The crowd goes wild. UW 68-58, 3:09.
GOT TO LOVE SPORTS — The Huskies were dead in the water to start the half. Now they’re surging. They’re thriving. They’re on fire. Gant has come to life. He’s dunking and making three-pointers. Wroten is being a play maker. The Cougars are helpless to stop it. Bone has just one more timeout. UW 60-51, 5:48.
ALL THE WAY BACK — Wroten dished to Gant for a dunk. UW 50-49, 8:33.
ROMAR GETS TECHNICAL — Romar was stomping mad after officials called Ross for an offensive foul on a dribble drive. Romar nearly came out of his nice suit jacket. The refs gave him a technical. Aden made both free throws. However, it has energized this crowd. It’s the loudest I’ve heard it this season. Bone called timeout to stem the tide, but it’s not working. WSU 49-42, 10:32.
ROSS WAKES UP — Ross made three-pointers on the last two trips. Bone sensed the tide was turning and called a timeout. The crowd is in it now. They’re yelling: ‘Go Huskies!’ Still not sure if the fans really believe the Huskies can finish off this comeback. Feels as if everyone is waiting to see a little more from the team. Ross has a good look right now. He’s shooting early in the shot clock and confident with his shot, despite shooting 4 of 14. As Wilcox would say, “Shooters got to shoot.” WSU 41-35, 13:24.
DEEP FREEZE — The Huskies are shooting 26,3 percent from the field. They are 1 for 7 in the second half. For the game, Ross is 2 of 12. Simmons is 1 for 6. Wroten is 2 for 8. Gaddy is 2 for 7. No one has made more than three baskets. wSU 37-29, 15:43.
FOUR-POINT PLAY — Lacy drained a three-pointer despite being fouled by Ross. He made the ensuing free throws. WSU 37-27, 18:08.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for UW. Abe Lodwick replaces Endquist for WSU.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The 25 points equals a season low at the halftime for the Huskies. They did it at Saint Louis. Needless to say, it’s the fewest points in a half for Washington.
The Huskies are really missing Wilcox. Everything is thrown out of kilter without their second-leading scorer. He balances the offense because defenses pay so much attention to him due to his three-point prowess. Without Wilcox, WSU is able to sit back in a zone and cut off the driving lanes to keep Wroten on the perimeter.
The Cougars are daring the Huskies to shoot. They’re giving up open perimeter shots to Wroten and Gaddy. Not sure if the Cougars want Ross to shoot, but why not? He’s 1 of 9 from the field. Wroten is 2 of 8 and Gaddy is 2 of 5.
If the Huskies were able to make a decent percent of their free throws, this would be a closer game. They’re 4 of 10 at the line.
The defense is keeping Washington in the game. The Huskies have forced eight turnovers. They’ve been able to contain everyone except Motum, who has a game-high 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting. Lacy got loose for back-to-back 3s, but he’s been most quiet.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — WSU 31-25.
MORE SUBS — Shawn Kemp Jr. is in. WSU 31-25, 1:03.
NEEDED THAT — Wroten scored on a dribble drive layup to snap seven straight scoreless possessions. WSU 31-22, 2:35.
CRIMSON MOMENTUM — Kent keeps saying: “The Cougars came to play.” And he’s right. WSU has won four of the last six games at Hec Ed. Wazzu is not intimidated. In fact, the Cougars seem to relish playing in Seattle. Moore is feeling it. So is Lacy. Both are local products. Motum is absolutely killing the Huskies. He’s 5 of 5 from the field for 13 points. WSU 31-20, 3:37.
LACY SHOWS UP — Lacy, the Curtis High product, drained two three-pointers. Between the baskets, Wroten threw up an airball on a three. Romar called a time out. WSU 28-20, 4:48.
NOT GOOD — On his first possession, Breunig failed to rotate and gave up a layup to Motum. Romar was irate. WSU 25-20, 5:27.
MORE SUBS — Martin Bruenig is in the game. Stewart is out. He gave the Huskies about 4-5 quality minutes. Didn’t take a shot, but had an assist. WSU 19-18, 6:18.
DEFENSIVE STRUGGLE — Both teams are playing a lot of zone. When was the last time that happened? The defenses are particularly stingy. UW is shooting 31.3 percent from the field, WSU has committed seven turnovers. WSU 17-15, 7:35.
HAARLOW IN THE HOUSE — Apparently Haarlow had car troubles. She’s here.
MORE SUBS — Hikeem Stewart is in. It’s an odd lineup: Gaddy, Stewart, Ross, N’Diaye and Gant. Not sure if I’ve ever seen that fivesome this season. Ross has to take more shots. He has one field goal attempt and missed a three-pointer. The Huskies have more turnovers (six) than baskets (two). WSU 11-6, 11:42.
GREAT DEFENSE — The Huskies have forced four straight turnovers. Gant and Gaddy have a steal and Simmons drew a charging call. WSU 11-6, 12:22.
BAD SHOOTING — The Huskies are 0 for 4 on three-pointers. WSU 11-4, 13:48.
MISSING WILCOX — Wilcox’s absence is having an early affect. The Cougars are in a zone and there’s really no one to make them pay for it. Ross has yet to take a shot and Gaddy threw up an airball.
MARV — Former UW head coach Marv Harshman is being honored. Nice standing ovation for the coach.
EARLY TROUBLES — The Huskies trail 8-3 with 15:44 left. Gaddy just shot an airball. On the previous possession, Simmons threw the ball out of bounds. He wanted to pass to Ross, but Ross thought he was shooting a three-pointer and raced to the rim.
FIRST SUB — Darnell Gant is in for N’Diaye. WSU 5-3, 16:35.
FIRST POINTS — Wroten made a nifty pass inside to N’Diaye who scored on a hook. Motum answered with a three-pointer. WSU 3-2, 18:25.
NO WILCOX — C.J. Wilcox is not going to play today due to a lingering hip injury. He’s wearing warmups and going through pre-game shooting drills. A UW spokesman said he’s probably not going to be available. Reportedly coach Lorenzo Romar told the Bob Rondeau on the pre-game radio show that Wilcox is out.
HOT DOG WINNER — Just met stockbooi, who stopped by to pick up his prize after winning the Guess the UW Score contest for the Duke game. Hate to call the guy out, but he’s watching the game with a WSU fan.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Wroten, Terrence Ross, Abdul Gaddy and Aziz N’Diaye.
WSU: G Marcus Capers, G Reggie Moore, G DaVonte Lacy, F Brock Motum and F Charlie Enquist.
DAWG PACK CHANTS — Whenever the Cougs come to town the atmosphere at Hec Ed heats up a bit. The Dawg Pack peppered WSU players with chants of “U-Dub reject.” Not sure who the jeers were aimed at. The students also yelled a half-hearted ‘Ole.’ My guess that was for Kent.
SELLOUT? — Today was supposed to be the first sellout this season, but wonder if the bad weather will keep fans away. I’ve gotten numerous tweets and emails asking if the game would be rescheduled.
EARLY ARRIVALS — The Dawg Pack section is full and we’re still about 47 minutes away from tip off. Nice showing.
WHERE’S HAARLOW? — Rebecca Haarlow is scheduled as the FSN sideline reporter, but word around the arena is she’s held up in traffic.
ON TV — FSN has the broadcast. Steve Physioc and Ernie Kent are the announcers.
WALKING WOUNDED — C.J. Wilcox, who is battling a hip injury, has been walking on and off the court. Perhaps he’s getting treatments when he leaves. It’s a departure from his normal routine. But he’s stretching with the guards and looks as if he’s going to play. The same goes for Tony Wroten Jr. He’s walking slow, but he always walks slow. He’s also dealing with pain in his tail bone, hip and elbows.
CAMPING WITH THE DAWG PACK — Stopped by Hec Ed this morning and talked to UW students who camped out all night outside the arena. It’s a bizarre – and yet pretty cool – tradition for WSU games. The cold weather kept the numbers lower than past years. I counted fewer than 10 folks. I remember there’s been rows of tents in previous years.
CLOSURES — As a reminder, the 520 bridge will be closed this weekend, which will affect UW fans commuting to the game. The 520 stretch between Interstate 5 and Montlake Boulevard will remain open, but the highway is closed between Montlake and Interstate 405.
SNOWMEGEDDON — Fairly easy commute to Edmundson Pavilion from south Seattle. Took Interstate 5 north to 520 and Montlake exit. No problems.