IT’S OVER — Gant missed a three-pointer in the final seconds. The Bruins hit four free throws down the stretch. UCLA 75-69.
SCRAMBLE — Ross took a quick shot. On the scramble, the Huskies keep possession. Just 35.3 seconds left.
NAIL-BITER — D.Wear tipped in a Lamb miss. UCLA 71-69, 44.4 seconds.
DOWN TWO — Jones put UCLA up 69-67 on a mid-range jumper with 2:10 left.
BACK ON TOP — UW 67-65 with 4:39 left after Gaddy’s three.
NBA MOVE — Beautiful move by Ross who put Lamb in the spin cycle, elevated, released on his way down and still got a high-arcing mid-range jumper over Smith. UCLA 65-64, 5:38.
FOUL TROUBLE — N’Diaye picked up his fourth foul trying to swipe a rebound away from Smith. He’s leaving the game. Momentum is turning to the Bruins. UW’s last field goal was at 11:09. It’s been a three-minute scoring drought. The Huskies are taking a lot of three-pointers and not getting inside. UCLA 63-62. 7:54.
UCLA TAKES THE LEAD — After a N’Diaye turnover, Jones dropped a three-pointer giving the Bruins a 63-62 lead with 838 left. The crowd is in the game now.
BIG THREE UPDATE — Wilcox (22), Wroten (14) and Ross (15) accounting for 52 of UW’s 62 points.
GETTING GOOD — Each possession feels like it matters. It’s getting tense. Interesting the Huskies haven’t surrendered the lead. Whenever UCLA makes a charge, they counter with a run. UW 62-58, 10:24.
WILCOX HITS 20-PLUS — Wilcox has 22 points. It’s the first time he’s topped the 20-point mark since suffering a hip injury in January. It’s the fifth time he’s done it this season.
AND JUST LIKE THAT … — The Huskies run off five quick points thanks to N’Diaye. He scored on a basket and whipped a great pass to Wilcox in the corner for a three. UW 60-55, 12:45.
ALL SQUARE — UW 55-55, 14:08.
SHARING THE BALL. — The Huskies have 16 assists. The season high is 20.
ATTACK — Wroten is being particularly aggressive attacking whichever Wear twin is on him. He knows he’s quicker than they are and it’s just a matter of being able to finish at thee rim over their length. He’s also making good decision and has five assists to go along with his 12 points. UW 55-51, 15:15.
RECORD WATCH — Gaddy has 11 assists. The UW record is 16 by Raphael Stone in 70.
CHESS MOVES — Howland put Smith in the game to combat UW’s four-guard lineup. So far it’s not working for the Bruins. UW 52-47, 16:44.
SECOND HALF — Wilcox starts second half for N’Diaye.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Where’s the defenses? Both teams have struggled in that department. Maybe the offenses are just that good.
The Huskies’ Big Three are certainly in sync. Wilcox has 15 points, Ross 13 and Wroten 11. They’ve combined for 39 of UW’s 47 points. The Huskies are shooting 54.5 percent (18 of 33) from the field.
As good as the Wilcox, Ross and Wroten have been, Gaddy has quietly put his imprint on the game. He has a career-high 10 assists in 16 minutes. If he could knock down a shot (he’s 0 for 3) he’d really put the Bruins in a bind.
UCLA has a pretty nice trio as well. Lamb has 12 points and T.Wear and Jones each have 11. The Bruins are shooting 55.2 percent (16 of 29) from the field.
It’s been a fairly decent half for the Huskies. Yes they’ve struggled at times defensively, but they’ve controlled the game and forced nine turnovers. UW has seven turnovers.
Romar took Smith out of the game with the zone and with a strategy to use a smaller defender on the UCLA big man. Still N’Diaye has three fouls and you got to wonder if he’ll be effective in the second half.
The Huskies need to continue to squeeze defensively Smith inside and force UCLA to hit jumpers from the perimeter. Washington has also got to continue to get good looks for its top scorers.
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HALFTIME — UW 47-44.
CAREER HIGH — Gaddy has eight assists, which equals his career high. UW 44-39, 1:53.
BIG THREE UPDATE — Ross 13 has Wilcox has 12, Wroten eight. UW 40-36, 2:49.
DECENT CROWD — It turned out to be a good showing today. There’s easily 7,000 in the house. Maybe 8,000. Just a late-arriving crowd I guess.
FOUL TROUBLE — Three fouls on N’Diaye. He’s out. Kemp is in. The Bruins have a little life. The fans are getting into the game. UW 33-29, 5:07.
OFFENSIVELY EFFICIENT — UCLA coach Ben Howland doesn’t know what to do to slow down the Huskies. He’s tried a man-to-man defense and zone. He’s trapped Ross in the corner and put pressure on Wroten. Nothing is working. Haven’t seen the Huskies this efficient offensively in awhile. UW 30-22, 7:17.
GADDY ON BOARD — Gaddy hit two free throws and someone other than Ross, Wilcox and Wroten scored for the Huskies. UW 25-18, 8:17.
FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS — Ross, Wilcox and Wroten have scored all 19 points. UW 19-16, 11:25.
HOT SHOOTING — Wilcox connected on a two long jumper. One came on screen from Kemp and Wilcox pulled up immediately for the shot. He looked like Ray Allen. If he continues to do that, it bodes well for the Huskies. UW 19-16, 11:25.
TOO QUICK — Smart move by Romar. He put Kemp in to defend Smith and is using a zone. The Huskies speed is giving the Bruins fits. UW 15-11, 13:24.
SECOND SUB — Shawn Kemp Jr. is in for N’Diaye. UCLA 12-10, 14:18.
FIRST SUB — C.J. Wilcox is in for Gaddy. UCLA 10-8, 14:39.
FOUR-POINT PLAY — Gaddy fouled Jones on a three-pointer. Not smart. Jones hit the free throw. On the previous possession, Gaddy got caught in the air on a drive and threw the ball away. Jones scooped up the loose ball and scored on a layup. UCLA 10-8, 15:48.
MATCHUPS — Ross has Lamb, N’Diaye has T.Wear and Gant is on D.Wear. Wroten and Gaddy are switching on Anderson and Jones. UW 6-4, 17:04.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for Washington: Abdul Gaddy, Wroten, Ross, Darnell Gant and Aziz N’Diaye.
UCLA: G Lazeric Jones, G Jerime Anderson, G Tyler Lamb, F David Wear and F Travis Wear.
BACK IN BLACK — The Huskies are wearing their black jerseys. Seems like they wear the black in uniforms for their big games.
AT STAKE FOR UW — We know what’s on the line for the Huskies. They can win the Pa-12 championship outright and the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament. They also have a chance to impress the NCAA tournament Selection Committee and the college basketball world that’s skeptical of the Pac-12 on national TV. Aziz N’Diaye put it best when he said: “It isn’t about UCLA. It’s about us and how much better we want to be. We want to win the championship, so that’s a big key. We need that game. We are just going to come out and bring it as a team, and whatever happens, happens.”
AT STAKE FOR UCLA — The Bruins are playing for pride and Pac-12 seeding. They could clinch the fifth spot in the standings. They’re also hoping to improve their image following an unflattering portrayal in a Sports Illustrated story. Darnell Gant put it best Thursday when he said: “They’ve gotten a lot of negative light in the media nationally. This game is nationally-televised, so they want to come out and show that they are good guys and they are not what the media has been portraying them to be over the years. They want to show that they are different. They are not only playing for pride, they are playing for that.”
SENIOR DAY CELEBRATIONS — The Bruins are saying goodbye to seniors Jerime Anderson, Lazeric Jones, Larry Drew II, Matt DeMarcus and Tyler Trapani.
SPARSE CROWD — Not many folks in the building. They should have curtained the third-tier upper deck ahd had everyone sit in the first and second decks.
NO DUNK THIS TIME — The Huskies walked off after concluding their first warm-up session. Tony Wroten Jr. and Terrence Ross didn’t do their customary walk-off. Usually Wroten throws the ball off the glass and Ross retrieves it before flushing a dunk. In fairness to the guys, it would have been more orchestrated than previous games.
NO WEGNER — Freshman walk-on Alex Wegner didn’t make the Los Angeles trip. He’s missed a few road trips this season.
JONES UPDATE — Lazeric Jones tweaked his left ankle on Thursday. Haven’t seen him yet, but coach Ben Howland said
SMITH HURTING — UCLA big man Joshua Smith has a heat wrap around his right calf during warm-ups. He seems to be laboring just a bit, but looks as if he’ll play.
UCLA FANS — Got to wonder how many fans will show up today. This place seats 16,000. Considering the early start, the beautiful day and UCLA’s disappointing season I’m guessing 5,000 at best. The Bruins are averaging 7,897 at home games.
FIRST ON THE FLOOR — Martin Breunig and Terrence Ross are on the court. No one else is out of the locker room just yet. Seems like those two are always the first to get shots up.
RISE AND SHINE — Yeah baby. Early start today. Feels like a NFL game in many ways. Just got to the Sports Arena and arrived minutes before Washington’s bus rolled up. It’s a beautiful day in Los Angeles. The sun is shining and temperatures are expected to hit 80s degrees.