January 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM
Washington State live game thread
IT’S OVER — UW 68-63.
ANYONE’S GAME — WSU 59-58, 2:58.
OUT OF GAS? —Wilcox failed to convert an alley-oop dunk and fell hard to floor. His miss sparked a Washington State fast break that finished with a Ladd layup, which cut the Huskies’ lead to 46-42 with 9:58 left.
AWFUL CALL — Gaddy picked up his third foul on what looked to be a blocking call on Motum. Just a horrible call.
BAD FOUL — Suggs drew an intentional foul trying to stop a fast-break layup. He grabbed Lacy from behind. Lacy hit both free throws. UW 41-36, 12:55.
STILL A SEVEN-POINT LEAD — UW 41-34, 13:34.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.
FIRST-HALF OBSERVATIONS — Nice start for the Huskies. They jumped out to a 21-4 lead and survived a few runs and lead 34-27 at the break. Wilcox has a game-high 13 points. N’Diaye has six and Suggs five. Gaddy has four assists.
The Huskies are very efficient offensively. They’re 12 of 23 from the field and 3 of 5 on three-pointers. They’ve been able to generate points with the high-post offense and in transition. Officially UW has zero fast break points, but I counted at least three baskets.
The story of the game so far is UW’s defense, which has held WSU to 27.6 percent (8 for 29) shooting from the floor. WSU is 2 for 10 on three-pointers. If that continues, then the Huskies will win this game.
Motum has been a non-factor. He’s is 2 for 6 and he has four points. If not for Ladd (10 points) who is 5 of 7 on free throws, this would be a blowout. The Cougars are 9 for 11 at the charity stripe.
Interesting to note, Romar has tightened the rotation. He’s using just seven players. Perhaps that’s why he switched to a zone at the end of the first half. Earlier this week, he talked about the Huskies getting tired and needing to find ways to conserve their energy.
STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 34-27.
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN — Kemp did well to catch a high pass on the baseline and maneuvered around two defenders, but he blew what should have been a highlight when he sailed a layup over the basket. UW 34-24, 34 seconds.
HUH — For some reason, the Huskies switched to a zone defense. Not sure why. No one is in serious foul trouble and the Cougars haven’t gotten into the paint with any consistency. On the first possession, Will DiIorio drained his first three-pointer this season. Again, strange move by Romar. UW 30-22, 2:14.
TECHNICAL — WSU coach Ken Bone picked up a technical foul protesting a call. The crowd goes nuts. UW 28-19, 3:03.
WE GOT A GAME — Momentum is wearing crimson. The crowd is in it now and the Cougars have recovered from the early flurry. The Huskies are still playing good defense, but they’ve gotten unlucky on some bounces. Offensively, UW has lost its touch. It has scored on two of the last eight possessions. UW 27-17, 3:52.
QUICK TIMEOUT — WSU is on a 6-2 spurt. After Gaddy dragged his foot for a travel, coach Lorenzo Romar called timeout. He doesn’t want the Cougars to get any momentum in this game. UW 23-10, 7:33.
WOW — Kemp flushed a pair of dunks the way his dad used to do it. The first came off of a feed from Wilcox and Andrews set him up for a high-flying one-hand jam. Bone calls timeout. UW 21-4, 9:26.
CHIPPY — Things are getting intense. Kemp shoved Motum to the floor on the offensive end. The refs didn’t call a foul. Simmons has done a nice job on Motum defensively who 1 for 2 and has two points. UW 17-4, 11:04.
SUBS — Andrew Andrews and Shawn Kemp Jr. are in for Gaddy and N’Diaye.
STIFF DEFENSE — WSU made its first basket at with 14:45 left. Wooldridge sank a difficult running short jumper over N’Diaye. WSU is 1 for 8 from the field and has two turnovers. UW leads 9-2.
GOOD START FOR GADDY — After committing a turnover on the first possession, Gaddy has four points on a dribble drive short jumper and two free throws. He also has two assists. One a nice dribble drive and dish to N’Diaye for a layup. The other assist helped Wilcox drain a three-pointer. Bone called timeout. UW 9-0, 16:21.
NICE INTRO — Wazzu added a drum line this season to the pre-game introductions. Nice touch. Very retro. It livens the place up.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: G C.J. Wilcox, G Scott Suggs, G Abdul Gaddy, F Desmond Simmons and C Aziz N’Diaye.
WSU: G Mike Ladd, G Royce Wooldridge, G DaVonte Lacy, F D.J. Shelton and F Brock Motum.
BAD OMEN — Butch the Cougar got things going with a behind-the-back, no-look half-court heave that hit nothing but the bottom of the net.
CAPTAIN’S MEETING — Huskies and Cougars are talking to officials at the center circle. Aziz N’Diaye joined Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs in the captain’s meeting.
GOOD RECRUITING NEWS? — ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep tweeted he’s heard highly touted center Dakari Johnson is going to Kentucky. If true that gives the Wildcats six incoming freshmen on a roster that loses two seniors. Obviously, UK coach John Calipari is assuming attrition will take a few kids to the NBA or they’ll simply transfer. Either way, not sure if Kentucky has room to add many more players, which bodes well for Washington in regards to Aaron Gordon. The Huskies are vying with Kentucky and Arizona for the talented forward.
LATE-ARRIVING CROWD — The schedule-makers may have done the Huskies a favor when they set this Apple Cup matchup at the start of the season. Classes at WSU resume Monday so students are still returning to campus. Folks here are expecting a smaller crowd than most UW-WSU games. In their last encounter, the Cougars drew 9,325.
PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED — Looks like everyone is on hand for Washington. No late subtractions from the lineup. Even freshman walk-on Quinn Sterling (foot sprain) is finally out the walking boot he’s been wearing for weeks. Not sure if he’s ready to play, however.
FORGOT MY BINOCULARS — We’re here at Beasley Coliseum or Friel Court. This has got to be the highest press box in the Pac-12 in terms of proximity to the arena. No matter. Good birds eye view of things.