February 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM
Arizona State live game thread
ANYONE’S GAME — UW 94-92, 13.9.
MOMENTUM TURNING — The Sun Devils are on a 9-0. UW 82-81, 2:49.
HANGING ON — UW 82-74, 4:36.
INSIDE JOB — The Huskies are hammering ASU with 40 points in the paint. Kemp with 14, N’Diaye 11. UW 67-54, 13:36.
JUST LIKE HIS DAD — Kemp is taking over down low. He’s not hesitating and going up strong when he gets it. UW 63-50, 16:17.
SECOND HALF — ASU coach Herb Sendek picked up a technical foul. Not sure why he would do that. UW 56-48, 18:02.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Clearly the best offensive first half for Washington this season. The Huskies’ 52 points is a season-high. What’s amazing is they’re doing it with Wilcox being a distributor and not scoring. He has five assists, which ties his career high, and is scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting.
Andrews is leading the way in the points department. He has 15 points. Kemp has been a monster with three offensive rebounds and 10 points. Gaddy (eight points, six assists and five rebounds) has been excellent and Suggs (eight points and two three-pointers) has been really good.
Washington is shooting 58.8 percent, ASU is at 64.3. The Huskies are also 9 of 10 on free throws.
Not sure if the red-hot shooting will continue in the second half.
The way Washington has played, you’d think it would be ahead by 10-15. Instead it’s up eight points.
Felix has three fouls and the Huskies should attack him every chance they get.
Washington found a weakness and is putting the ASU guards in pick-n-roll situations. Look for them to continue that because it’s led to easy scoring opportunities. It also partially explains why UW is 18-8 in the rebounding battle.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — UW 52-44.
HIGH SCORING — The Huskies are on pace to score 90 points, which is amazing considering they had 53 on Thursday. UW 43-37, 3:45.
FOUL TROUBLE — Felix has three fouls and he’s out of the game. Silly foul. He knocked over Simmons. Felix will probably have to sit out the rest of the first half. Chance for the Huskies to make a run. UW 34-24, 7:58.
RESPONSE — After ASU’s mini-run and UW timeout, Huskies are on a 13-4 run. UW 34-22, 8:30.
NICE PLAN — The Huskies are attacking ASU’s small backcourt and putting them in pick-n-roll situations at the top of the key. Gaddy and Andrews are curling off the screens and getting into the lane for layups and short floaters. UW 23-17, 11:34.
UW TIMEOUT — The Huskies led 21-10, but ASU scored seven straight points. Coach Lorenzo Romar called timeout to stop the run and get N’Diaye back in the game. N’Diaye received a few stitches above his left eye. UW 21-17, 12:44.
SECOND SUB — Andrew Andrews is in for Gaddy. UW 14-8, 15:07.
ASU TIMEOUT — The Sun Devils look discombobulated. They missed a three-pointer and no one went for the rebound, which allowed Gaddy to get the loose ball and race ahead for a layup. The Huskies are playing with more energy. And Simmons hit a three-pointer. UW 14-7, 15:30.
EARLY SUB — N’Diaye got whacked in the head by Felix and had to leave. Looks like he’s going to the locker room to get stitches. Desmond Simmons is in. UW 2-2, 18:19.
NEW MAN IN THE MIDDLE — Martin Breunig who used to be a human pinball during a pre-game ritual has been replaced by Perris Blackwell who did a more traditional let’s-get-fired-up yell and scream.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox, Aziz N’Diaye and Shawn Kemp Jr.
ASU: G Jahii Carson, G Evan Gordon, G Carrick Felix, F Jonathan Gilling and C Jordan Bachynski.
DIFFERENT FEEL — We’re about 20 minutes away from tip off and there’s just not the same energy as their was Thursday. Not as many fans either. Maybe it will change.