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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

November 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Washington falls to Ohio State

Washington fell behind midway in the first half, trailed by 10 at halftime and never mounted much of a threat in the second half before losing 77-66 to No. 4 Ohio State at the Mohegan Sun arena.
The Huskies had no answer for junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who scored a career-high tying 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Aaron Craft added 18 points and Evan Ravenel had 12 for Ohio State (3-0), which captured the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament title.
C.J. Wilcox led Washington (2-2) with 18 points, Abdul Gaddy had 15 and Scott Suggs 11.
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:
— Coach Lorenzo Romar gambled at the start and put Suggs, 6-6 and 195 pounds, on Thomas, who is 6-7 and 225 pounds. The gamble didn’t work. Thomas got into a rhythm early and had 21 points at halftime. He shot over Suggs on the perimeter and used his length to score inside. Suggs didn’t have the height to alter Thomas’ shot and he didn’t have the weight to push Thomas off of his spot.
In all fairness, UW had few good options to defend Thomas. Redshirt freshman Jernard Jarreau, who started his fourth game, doesn’t have the experience to stop someone as versatile as the OSU preseason All-American. Perhaps the best option was Desmond Simmons, who drew the defensive assignment late in the game.
— Washington’s biggest problem offensively was the inability of its big men to finish at the rim against OSU’s shot blockers. Aziz N’Diaye did a nice job in the opening minutes catching a pass in transition and converting a difficult layup. But in the second half, he had an easier shot blocked on the baseline. Jarreau also had a layup stuffed and Simmons missed an open layup on a fast break.
TV replays showed Gaddy chewing out Jarreau after the blown layup. Without a consistent inside game, the Huskies relied heavily on their shooters who made 9 of 18 three-pointers.
— Ohio State converted 20 of 26 (76.9 percent) at the line while Washington was 11 of 17 (64.7).
— The Huskies forced just one turnover in the second half and only seven in the game. They never made the Buckeyes uncomfortable offensively. Washington didn’t press, which may have been the result of tired legs. The Huskies are using a seven-man rotation and they played an overtime game late Saturday night.
— While Washington gets adjusted to the new high-post offense, the big men can be expected to make at least four turnovers on bad passes and misreads. N’Diaye, Simmons and Jarreau combined for four TOs.
— Statistically it appears as if Abdul Gaddy (15 points, three rebounds and three assists) held his own against Craft. However, Gaddy did most of his damage in the second half. He was assertive offensively late in the game when UW trailed by double digits and got several baskets on dribble drives. He also sank 3 of 4 three-pointers.
— Suggs was the star Saturday, but he was quiet today. He had more field goal attempts (12) than points (11), which is never a good statistic. In all fairness, Suggs had his hands full defensively with Thomas and it may have sapped his energy on the offensive end.
Andrew Andrews is starting to look like a freshman. He’s relentless attacking the basket, but he’s struggling to find his shot. Andrews was 0-2 today. He’s made 4 of 18 shots this season.
All for now.

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