IT’S OVER — UW 72-62.
GETTING IGHT — UW 63-57, 1:17.
BIGGEST LEAD — The Huskies are on an 8-2 run. They lead 63-54, 3:34.
FOUL TROUBLE — Jarreau has four fouls, Simmons and N’Diaye each have three. uW 59-54, 4:37.
GOOD OMEN — Wilcox has 18 points, which is a good sign for the Huskies. They’re 10-4 when he gets at least 18 points and 3-8 when he doesn’t. UW 53-52, 7:28.
BENCH CONTRIBUTIONS — This is Jernard’s best game in a long time. He has six points and on the last play, he intercepted a, OSU pass. Clearly he’s much better in fast-paced games where he can get out and run and use his length to disrupt offenses. He also has five rebounds. UW 53-49, 9:18.
OH MY — Gaddy nearly brought the house down with a putback dunk attempt that bounced out. Didn’t think he could soar that high anymore. Kemp and Collier also flushed jams. Things are heating up. UW 49-45, 12:52.
BETTER FLOW — The Huskies are executing offensively much better than any other time in the game. Kemp has a layup and a short jumper. Gaddy drove for a short jumper. Wilcox rattled in a three. And N’Diaye sank a hook. UW 43-39, 15:27.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Not a whole lot of energy on the floor or in the stands. There’s some good action out there, but the game doesn’t have much flow. The turnovers may have something to do with that. Washington has 13 and is on pace for 26. Wow. Oregon State has seven. The 20 TOs has overshadowed some really nice plays by Wilcox, Nelson and Starks who are bombing away from long range.
There’s been some fantastic dunks as well from Jernard, Collier and Moreland.
Otherwise, it feels as if both teams are trying to figure out how to deal with the other team’s changing defenses. OSU is playing zone and it’s kept UW out of the middle. The Huskies are trying to go inside, but N’Diaye has five turnovers while trying to catch passes and making dribbling mistakes. So he’s not a good option. Wonder if Romar will try Kemp inside.
Even still, the Huskies are shooting 48.1 percent from the floor.
If not for Wilcox, the Huskies wouldn’t stand a chance. He has 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting. He’s also 3 of 4 on free throws.
Washington is also doing and outstanding job rebounding and has a 21-10 advantage.
Burton did his damage early and has 10 points. Nelso has seven and three assists.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Oregon State 34-32.
TIT FOR TAT — Starks and Nelson drained deep threes. Wilcox answered with a long jumper and free throw. OSU 33-32, 1:50.
MUCH MORE EFFICIENT — Wilcox is off to a much better start tonight than any game the past few weeks. He’s not only getting good looks, he’s converting the shots. On the last possession, he drew a foul and knocked down 1 of 2 FTs. Good play. Wilcox has nine points. UW 29-27, 3:33.
JJ SIGHTING — Jernard Jarreau checked in and he’s making an immediate impact. He sank a mid-range jumper at the free throw line and flushed an alley-oop dunk. It’s the first points for the redshirt freshman forward since UW played at OSU nearly three weeks ago. UW 26-26, 6:18.
SLOPPY — The Huskies have committed nine turnovers, the Beavers six. UW 20-20, 8:49.
FLAGRANT — N’Diaye was given a flagrant I foul because his hand hit Burton in the face. UW 16-16, 10:55.
QUICK FEET — That’s two traveling calls on Wilcox. The Beavers have switched to a zone defense that’s confusing the Huskies and forcing turnovers. Collier also has a steal that led to a Moreland dunk. Lorenzo Romar called tiemout. UW 13-12, 13:30.
FIRST SUB — In a little twist, forward Desmond Simmons checks in to replace N’Diaye. Simmons pairs with Kemp. UW 8-4, 16:17.
WHAT SLUMP? — On the Huskies’ first possession, Wilcox takes Barton into the middle, turns and leans over the freshman for a short jumper. UW 2-2, 18:41.
ROSS FLIES HIGH — Former UW star won the NBA slam dunk contest. On his last attempt, the Toronto Raptors rookie jumped over a ball boy for a flush.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Gaddy, Suggs, N’Diaye, C.J. Wilcox and Scott Suggs.
Oregon State: Starks, Roberto Nelson and Challe Barton at guards, forward Eric Moreland and Burton at center.
CAPTAINS GATHERING — UW co-captains Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs meeting with OSU counterparts Ahmad Starks and Joe Burton. Aziz N’Diaye was also among the group, but officially he’s not a captain.
SMALL GATHERING — Not many folks here tonight. The lowest crowd this season is 6,928. Wonder if we’ll get that many tonight.