IT’S OVER — UW 75-72.
STILL NOT OVER — Starks drained a big three-pointer, his second of the game. UW 70-68, 21.5.
WINDING DOWN — Ross made one of two free throws. UW 68-63, 36.8.
ROSS HURTING — Ross is being helped ot the side. Looks like he’s favoring the lower part of his body. Not sure. He looks woozy. UW 63-60, 2:45.
GETTING GOOD — How much have the Huskies grown up? We’ll find out in a few minutes. Gaddy unlocked a tie with a three-pointer. UW 61-58, 4:06.
GANT IS GONE — Gant picked up his fifth foul going for an offensive rebound. Seemed a little ticky tack. Ross checks in. UW 56-56, 5:53.
LARGEST CROWD — OSU drew 8,047 today. It’s the largest crowd of the season.
GADDY TAKING OVER — Gaddy scooped a beautiful pass to Kemp, who drew a foul. Gaddy is doing a magnificent job running the team. Wroten has been on the bench lately, but he’s checking in. So is Gant. UW 51-48, 8:02
MINI-SURGE — The Huskies are on a 5-0 run. UW 51-46, 8:25.
J.C. TIME? — Cunningham broke free from Gaddy and drained a three-pointer on the side. The stars may take over down the stretch. Before Cunningham’s jumper, Ross missed an open three-pointer. UW 44-44, 10:15.
TERRENCE TIME? — Feels like this will be decided in the final minutes. The crowd is antsy. Each possession counts. Neither team has been able to pull away. Washington needs a closer. It could be Ross. He’s done it before. UW 44-41, 11:52.
PURE ENTERTAINMENT — The game is OK, but watching Romar is better. He’s all over the place. Kneeling. Pleading. Clapping. The Huskies don’t have a leader on the court and it looks as if he’s taking that role. He practically has a foot on the court at all times. UW 42-41, 12:42.
FOUR ON GANT — Gant has four fouls. He’s out. Simmons is in. UW 40-40, 14:41.
GAME ON — After about 10 minutes play resumed. Gaddy connected with Wroten for a alley-oop layup. UW 39-38, 15:31.
STILL WORKING — Now the game operations crew has brought out more mops and a bucket. There’s about five people working to clean up the spill. Wow. Never seen anything like this.
REFS WORKING OVERTIME — The officials are mopping up the floor. Seriously. A drink spilled on the side and they took the mops from the ball boys and took over. Overheard on press row: “I think the refs may have found their new calling.” OSU 38-37, 16:33.
TOO CASUAL — Not sure either team understands what’s at stake. Too many lazy turnovers for a mid-February game. N’Diaye has three fouls and he’s hesitant to pick up his fourth. He gave up an dunk to Brandt. OSU 38-37, 16:33.
GET BACK — N’Diaye caught napping on a basket and didn’t get back on defense. He had to foul Collier. UW 36-34, 18:28.
SECOND HALF — Same starters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS: The first half ended on two semi-controversial plays. Wroten looked as if he was fouled when he drove for a fast break layup, but the refs called a foul on Wroten. With 3.5 seconds left, Wilcox allowed Starks to catch a long pass and it looked as if the OSU guard was fouled on a layup attempt. However, the refs didn’t make a call. Not a good half for the officials.
It was an uneven performance for the Huskies. But considering the score, not bad.
After an 0-for-4 start on shots, Ross has heated up and he has a game-high tying nine points.
Wilcox has been fantastic with two dribble drives for layups. The Beavers are overplaying his jump shot and he’s taking advantage and getting inside. That’s good to see. Wroten is also being aggressive. He’s basically playing volleyball, throwing the ball at the rim and collecting four offensive rebounds and scoring putbacks. Wilcox and Wroten lead UW with seven points.
Washington has forced just three turnovers and the Huskies are helped by OSU’s inability to make free throws. The Beavers are 4 for 12 at the line. UW is 4 for 7.
Washington has done a decent job on Cunningham who has nine points on 4-for-10 shooting. Starks has given the Huskies some problems with dribble drives and they’re leaving Collier open for mid-range jumpers. He has nine points on 4-for-4 shooting.
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HALFTIME — UW 31-31.
CUNNINGHAM OUT — Looks like Cunningham will spend the rest of the first half on the bench. OSU 31-28, 1:19.
CUNNINGHAM DOWN AGAIN — Cunningham his on the court holding his face. Looks like he took an elbow from N’Diaye. Some fans are booing. Cunningham is being looked at by OSU trainers. OSU 30-27, 1:43.
THREE ON GANT — Gant has three fouls. OSU 28-25, 2:55.
TIRELESS WORKER — Romar is coaching every possession. Hadn’t seen him this animated in awhile. He’s helping everyone in every phase of the game. It’s a stark contrast to Robinson who is spending a lot of time sitting and watching. OSU 27-23, 3:52.
NO GADDY, BIG PROBLEMS — With Gaddy on the bench, OSU has taken control of the game and UW’s offense has grind to a halt. The Huskies have missed four straight shots and the Beavers have taken control of the game. Gaddy is back in. OSU 24-19, 6:04.
CUNNINGHAM DOWN — Cunningham landed hard after a little contact. No foul. OSU 18-17, 8:57.
ASJ — Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in. Ross was 0 for 4 before tipping in a putback. OSU 18-17, 9:34.
MINI-SPURT — The Beavers have got their crowd into it thanks to some nice plays from Starks, who sank a long jumper, made a driving short jumper and stole a pass. Cunningham capped a 6-0 run with a layup. It’s a media timeout. Good break for the Huskies. OSU 16-13, 11:44.
GANT EARLY FOUL TROUBLE — Gant picked up his second foul. UW 10-10, 13:05.
MORE SUBS — C.J. Wilcox and Shawn Kemp Jr. are in for Ross and N’Diaye. UW 10-10, 13:40.
SLOW START — Ross is 0 for 3. He’s missed two three-pointers and a mid-range jumpers. Nothing going to the basket just yet. Cunningham drained a beautiful three-pointer over N’Diaye. OSU 10-7, 14:14.
BAD PASS — Gant got double teamed in the corner and panicked. He threw a pass out of bounds when he had so many other options including bouncing the ball off one of the defenders or calling a timeout. Bad play for a senior. He should know better. UW 7-7, 15:56.
FIRST SUB — Darnell Gant is in for Simmons. UW 7-6, 16:30.
GOING ZONE — The Beavers are giving a little phantom pressure in the back court before falling back into a 2-3 zone. The Huskies haven’t had any problems bringing the ball up, but they haven’t gotten a good look on the first possession. OSU 2-1, 18:26.
GOOD CROWD — We’re a few minutes away from the start and this place is nearly filled. Don’t expect a sellout, but it’s a good crowd. The arena holds 10,400. We should get over 7,000 easy. OSU averages 5,200.
BACK IN BLACK — The Huskies are wearing their alternate black uniforms. Coach Lorenzo Romar is also in a black turtleneck and blazer.
STARTING LINEUPS: No change for UW. Aziz N’Diaye, Desmond Simmons, Terrence Ross, Abdul Gaddy and Tony Wroten Jr. The Huskies are 7-2 with that lineup.
Slight change for OSU. G Challe Burton replaces F Joe Burton. The rest of the lineup includes: G Jared Cunningham, G Ahmad Starks, F Devon Collier and C Angus Brandt.
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GILL NO THRILL — Gill Coliseum ranks among the worst in the Pac-12. It it’s not last, it’s close to it. Utah’s Huntsman Center, ASU’s Wells Fargo Arena and WSU’s Beasley Coliseum are among the bottom for. The best in the league are Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena, USC’s Galen Center, Arizona’s McKale Center and UW’s Hec Ed. When UCLA renovates Pauley Pavilion, it will likely move past Hec Ed.
This place is historic and that’s wonderful, but it needs a $50 million makeover. Until then, OSU isn’t really serious about attracting top-notch recruits and becoming a major player in hoops. That being said, the school is breaking ground in the fall on a basketball training facility.
NO TRAFFIC TROUBLES — The Huskies made it to Gill Coliseum today without any types of troubles. Thursday, they were 45 minutes late to the arena due to a traffic accident. It would have been virtually impossible for that to happen today because the team hotel is across the street from the arena.