IT’S OVER — OSU 74-66.
HEADED FOR THE EXITS — Looks like the Beavers are going to win this one. OSU 72, 61, 1:07.
RUNNING OUT OF TIME — OSU 66-61, 2:27.
TIRED LEGS? — Washington not executing offensively as well as it did earlier in the half. OSU 64-57, 5:27.
RUN UNDONE — The Huskies had two chances to take the lead and once chance to tie, but the shots didn’t go down. Meanwhile, Nelson buried a three-pointer. OSU 61-55, 7:54.
TRAVELING DAWG PACK — Thanks for the serenade guys. I’m humbled.
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES — Wilcox missed a three-pointer that would have given UW it’s first lead. The long rebound led to a Moreland dunk in transition. OSU 57-54, 10:02.
AND NOW IT’S ONE — Wilcox didn’t hesitate on a three-pointer. Robinson finally calls timeout. Might be too late. Momentum wearing purple. OSU 53-52, 12:05.
DOWN 4 — Andrews sank a layup. OSU 53-49, 12:35.
MOMENTUM TURNING — The Huskies have cut their deficit to five. OSU 45-40, 16:00.
UNDER 10 — Gaddy sank a layup to cut OSU’s lead to 41-33, 18:00.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams. OSU 41-29, 19:07.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Things could be considerably worse for Washington. Truth is, the Huskies might have found something they can build on and feel good about. After falling behind by 20 points, UW scored on five of its final six possessions to end the first half.
Gaddy drained a long three-pointer as time expired, which cut UW’s deficit to 39-29.
It’s still one heckuva hole the Huskies have dug, but obviously a 10-point deficit is much more manageable than the alternative.
Washington can’t be too focused on getting shots for Wilcox. It has to work the offense. Make OSU move defensively. Pass the ball and the open guy has got to take the shot. I’m thinking Gaddy will be that open guy. Maybe Suggs. Both have eight points to tie Wilcox. Gaddy and Suggs are each shooting 3 of 6 from the field.
The Huskies would help their cause if they were able to take care of the ball. OSU has forced 10 turnovers for 12 points. Gaddy, Suggs and N’Diaye each have three TOs.
Washington has used a zone to slow down the Beavers. It’s important to keep an eye on Nelson, Starks and Schaftenaar, all three-point threats. It’s also vital to box out to prevent offensive rebounds and second-chance points.
This is still anyone’s game, which might have been the last thing anyone was thinking when OSU led 34-14 with 4:33 left.
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HALFTIME — OSU 39-29.
DOUBLED UP — UW shooting 27.8 percent (5 of 18). OSU shooting 53.8 percent (14 of 26). OSU 34-14, 3:09.
GETTING UGLY — Olaf Schaftenaar drained his second long three-pointer to give OSU a 32-13 lead with 5:35 left.
THIS COULD GET UGLY — The Beavers have all the momentum. Starks ripped Gaddy in the backcourt for a transition layup. OSU’s defense is harassing the Huskies and the Beavers are getting open looks on the offensive end. OSU 27-12, 7:20.
FINAL — No. 16 Oregon beat Washington State 68-61.
NICE BLOCK — Looked like Starks had a layup, but Gaddy got the block. Nice play.
INBOUND TROUBLES — Andrews called timeout after failing to get the ball in. Then he threw a questionable pass to Suggs that was reminiscent of their misconnection during the Utah game. OSU 15-6, 13:24.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — Wilcox gives the Huskies their first basket on a dribble drive layup with 15:36 left. OSU 11-3, 15:16.
HORRIBLE START — For the second straight game, the Huskies have started slowly. Andrew Andrews is in for Gaddy. OSU 11-1, 16:04.
EARLY TIMEOUT — Romar calls timeout after Starks buries a three-pointer over Gaddy. OSU 7-1, 17:45.
JUMP BALL — For some reason, Simmons jumped ball rather than N’Diaye. Simmons got the tip, but Wilcox couldn’t corral the loose ball.
SCHOOL SPIRIT — OSU has 19 female cheerleaders and nine male cheerleaders. That’s a lot. Almost enough for a football team.
STARTING LINEUPS — No changes for UW: Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox, Desmond Simmons and Aziz N’Diaye.
Oregon State: Ahmad Starks, Roberto Nelson, Jarmal Reid, Devon Colllier and Joe Burton.
LIVE FROM WILLAMETTE VALLEY — Sitting here in Gill Coliseum. Not expecting a big crowd tonight. Only a few folks in the building with about 50 minutes remaining before tip off.