IT’S OVER — Washington 75-67.
NEED A GOOD PLAY — The Huskies are ups 72-67 with 3:09. They have the ball after the media timeout and a basket here just might be enough to give them breathing room for a win.
CONFIDENCE RISING — Not sure if the Tigers ever truly thought they could win the game, but they look like it now. They’re spreading the floor offensively and attacking Gaddy. It’s working sort of. Sometimes Jeff Stubbs is able to get to the rim or launch an open shot. UW 67-64, 6:12.
STILL ANYONE’S GAME — UW 64-61, 6:52.
LOTS OF BODIES — Even without Andrews, the Huskies have a fairly deep bench tonight. Breunig has given them good minutes and now Jarreau has taken over offensively on consecutive possessions. Still, he’s inability to rebound is a problem. Gaddy got in his face and tried to pump him up after Jarreau missed an offensive rebound. UW 64-59, 7:54.
FOUR ON DEZ — Simmons is out with four fouls. Kemp is in with N’Diaye. UW 56-48, 13:16.
TECHNICAL — Suggs picked up a technical foul for looked to be trash talking to Howard. UW 54-45, 14:12.
SECOND HALF — Same starters. UW 51-37, 16:07.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The Huskies led by 16 points (29-13) and lost control of the game when JSU went on an 8-0 run. The Tigers cut their deficit to 33-31 and had several chances to take the lead. However, Washington closed the half with a 7-3 run.
The Huskies are making this harder than it needs to be. They can pound JSU inside and should continue feeding N’Diaye in the post to force double teams and open up perimeter shots. UW is 3 of 13 on three-pointers.
Wilcox has 10 points on 5 of 13 shooting. He’s 0 for 6 on treys. Suggs and Gaddy each have eight points. Gaddy has four assists and four turnovers. Didn’t think Simmons was so vital to the Huskies, but he hasn’t played well and it’s affected everything else. Mainly, it’s allowed JSU to get eight offensive rebounds and many of its eight second-chance points.
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HALFTIME — UW 40-34.
OFF NIGHT FOR SIMMONS — Not sure why, but Simmons looks a step slow and he’s just not playing well. Romar must agree because Martin Breunig is coming into the game and Simmons is going to the bench. Meanwhile, the Tigers have seized momentum. UW 33-31, 3:36.
TIGERS SPURT — The Huskies were up 27-13. After an 11-4 Tigers run it’s UW 31-24, 5:58.
GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE? — Kemp played forward with N’Diaye at center. The combination was on the court for maybe 10 seconds. Kemp failed to box out on a shot, the Tigers got the offensive rebound and Romar summoned him to the bench.
REALLY GOOD DEFENSE — The Tigers haven’t scored a field goal in nearly six minutes. Their last basket was at 15:48. JSU is 4 of 17 (23.5 percent) from the field. They haven’t scored in their last seven possessions. UW 25-11, 10:00.
TIGERS TIMEOUT — Jackson State switched to a zone minutes ago and it caused a few problems, including Stewart’s turnover. But the Huskies are working much better against it. They’re using their high-post offense. Suggs and Simmons hit three-pointers. UW 23-11, 10:43.
THIRD SUB — Shawn Kemp Jr. is in for N’Diaye. UW 16-11, 13:15.
QUICK HOOKS — After throwing a turnover, Stewart is out and Gaddy is in. Romar is not playing around tonight. UW 11-8, 14:36.
SECOND SUB — Stewart is in for Gaddy. UW 11-6, 15:09.
ESTABLISHING N’DIAYE — Got to like what the Huskies are doing. They’re going inside early and looking for N’Diaye on almost every possession. It’s a good idea to get the big fella going early. He can make the Tigers pick up some cheap fouls and then UW shooters can get into the groove later. UW 9-2, 16:22.
TEMPER, TEMPER — Gregory picked up a technical foul after slamming the ball. He was upset after fouling N’Diaye. Suggs hit both free throws for the T. N’Diaye missed both free throws. UW 6-2, 17:21.
BAD START — Simmons got the hook after UW allowed three offensive rebounds. Jernard Jarreau is in. JSU 2-0, 19:12.
HOLIDAY BREAK — Finals ended yesterday, which explains why the Dawg Pack is very thin. We’re seconds away from tip off and the place is a little more than half full.
STARTING LINEUPS — G Abdul Gaddy, G C.J. Wilcox, G Scott Suggs, F Desmond Simmons and C Aziz N’Diaye.
Jackson State: G Dundrecous Nelson, G Christian Williams, G Kelsey Howard, G Derrell Taylor and F Raymond Gregory
SOMBER MOMENT — The PA announcer asked for a moment of silence for the families of those who lost their lives in Newton, Conn. this week. The Laurelhurst elementary group of kids sang the national anthem.
AROUND THE PAC-12 — Arizona State secured a comfortable 61-42 win at home over Dartmouth. Oregon led Nebraska 27-18 at halftime and Stanford was up 40-29 over UC Santa Barbara at the break.
OUT — Freshman walkon Quinn Sterling is wearing a walking boot on his left foot. He’s been suffering from a season-long foot sprain. He will not play.
IN — Reserve guard Hikeem Stewart who hyperextended his knee is expected to play today.
OUT — Coach Lorenzo Romar said backup guard Andrew Andrews (ankle) is out and will miss his third straight game.