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March 7, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Washington State-Oregon State live game thread

POST-GAME COMMENTS — Here’s some quotes from coach Craig Robinson and OSU players.
(How do you think you match up with Washington tomorrow?)
ROBINSON: I’d like to think we match up well against them; but once again, that is a team that’s had our number twice this year, so I can’t say that fully. But I think this year our athleticism is much better. So I think we can give them a better run from an athleticism standpoint. We just have to be as good at staying with our game plan as we were today.
They’ve got a fantastic team. Arguably three pros, maybe even four pros on that team, so we’re going to have to really execute our defensive plan as much as our offensive plan.
(If the players could talk about the challenge of playing Washington, and what do you have to do different this time than the first two games?
DEVON COLLIER: We’ve just got to come out strong like we did for today’s game and just play together and keep playing on defense, and our offense will come. We had each teammate help on defense, either it was a block or a steal or a rebound, and we just executed. I feel for tomorrow’s game, if we come out strong like we did today, that will put us in a good situation.
(Coach, score is tied 60 60 with three minutes. Can you talk about your defense at that point until the end of the game?)
ROBINSON: Well, we started switching from zone to man, and then they brought in when Motum was out, we wanted to go zone. When Motum was in, we wanted to go man. So we wanted to hold Motum to under his average against us which seems like it’s 30 points, so it looks like we did that. But it was really just team defense. We were able to put some good pressure on the ball, have good weak side help, and limit them to one shot as opposed to making a miss and letting them get an offensive rebound.
IT’S OVER — OSU 69-64.
PULLING AWAY — OSU 68-61, 18.9 seconds.
FT CONTEST — The last few minutes both teams have taken a lot of free throws. OSU 62-61, 2:06.
NOT GOOD — Neither team is playing like they want win this game. Mike Ladd put the Cougars up with a layup. WSU 60-58, 3:38.
MORE FANS — Seeing some Oregon and and UCLA gear in the stands. I’d say attendance is bumped to about 3,000. Maybe 4,000.
STILL TIED — Moore has come up short on several dribble drives in the second half. The Cougars need his offense. Motum also needs to re-emerge. WSU 58-58, 6:00.
TIED AGAIN — WSU 56-56, 7:34.
GLASSWORK — The Cougars are getting pounded on the glass. Not sure what the numbers are, but on the last few possessions the Beavers are getting offensive rebounds for putbacks. WSU 54-54, 10:51.
ALL SQUARE — WSU 44-44, 16:20.
TO THE MONITORS — You knew this was coming. The refs can’t make a decision on a play so they go to the monitors. WSU 44-42.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Reggie Moore has eight assists, seven points and four turnovers. He’s really making a difference. You can overlook the TOs because he’s setting everyone up with easy scoring opportunities. Ahmad Starks is 4 of 8 on three-pointers. He has a game-high 12 points.
WSU has done a really nice job taking away Jared Cunningham. The Pac-12’s leading scorer is 1 for 4 for two points.
Brock Motum, who is second in the league in scoring, has five points on 2-for-5 shooting.
WSU is shooting 68 percent, OSU 51.7.
WHY GO ZONE? — The Beavers are so good with their man-to-man defense that it makes no sense why they play zone as much as they do.
PLENTY OF SEATS AVAILABLE — Let’s just say it’s a sparse crowd for the opening game of the tournament. I’m guessing 2,000 folks are here.
GP IN THE HOUSE — Former Sonics star Gary Payton, who starred at OSU, is sitting courtside next to A.C. Green. WSU 32-28, 3:59.
ALL THE WAY BACK — The Cougars are on a 22-4 run. They responded big time to Bone’s demands.
DOWN 12 — The Cougars trailed 24-8 early in the first half. A that point, WSU coach Ken Bone verbally challenged his team. He asked them if they wanted to play. He asked certain guys if they were hurt and told them they were playing like they wanted to go home.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES — Apologize for the late start to the game thread. Had some trouble getting connected to the internet at Staples Center. Hopefully we’re good now.

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