IT’S OVER — Arizona 70-52.
RESERVES — Hikeem Stewart and Martin Breunig are in the game. UA 68-48.
HEADING FOR THE EXITS — If you’re still with us, this one is just about over. A few fans are walking out trying to beat the traffic. It’s an understatement, but nothing has gone right for Washington in the second half. UA 65-46, 2:37.
DOWN 20 — UA 52-32, 11:21.
GET BACK — The Wildcats are running every chance they get. On the last possession, Wilcox missed a three-pointer which sparked a fast break that ended with Johnson flying in for a layup. UA 44-29, 15:51.
SLIPPING AWAY — Johnson flushed a dunk off of a feed from Lyons. UA 42-29, 16:24.
FOUL TROUBLE — N’Diaye picked up his fourth foul. He’s out. Jarreau is in. UA 40-27, 17:39.
COMMISH — Talked to Pac-12 Commish Larry Scott at halftime. He said sales for Pac-12 Tournament are going well. Arizona has sold out its allotment of 1,200 tickets. Scott moved to smaller MGM Grand Arena in hopes of creating a better atmosphere than Staples Center. Also touched on Cal coach Mike Montgomery’s reprimand from the conference. Scott took into account Montgomery’s history and how Allen Crabbe handled the situation. Said he didn’t want to make a bad situation worse with a suspension.
SECOND HALF — Slow start for Huskies who trail 39-27 with 18:14 left.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Washington led 14-10 before Lyons took over, scored eight points and gave Arizona an 18-16 lead. The Huskies did well to hang around, but things turned late in the half. Arizona got the benefit of close calls. The N’Diaye-Parrom play sapped some energy from UW.
Wilcox has seven points and two fouls. Kemp has five points and three rebounds. And N’Diaye has three fouls.
Hill has 14 points and Lyons 12.
Both teams are shooting 35 percent.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Arizona 33-25.
WHAT WAS THAT? — N’Diaye and Parrom got tangled. N’Diaye looked like he shoved Parrom, who also did a little acting to sell the play. That’s three fouls on N’Diaye.
ZONA ZOO — McKale Center feels like it’s ready to explode. N’Diaye had two layups blocked by Angelo Chol and Hill, which got the Arizona student section into the game. Wilcox went to the bench and Romar will likely keep him there for another minute. The Huskies will need to hold on without their leading scorer. UA 22-20, 3:53.
ON FIRE — Lyons scored the last eight points for Arizona. He’s hit two three-pointers, drew a foul and made both foul shots. UA 18-16, 6;19.
DANGER TIME — Wilcox picked up his second foul. He’s staying in the game. UW 13-10, 7:56.
NICE PLAY — Gaddy connected with Kemp for an alley-oop flush. UW 13-8, 10:35.
REBOUND — Washington leads 11-8 with 11:56 left, but noticing a potential problem for the Huskies with the rebounding. The Wildcats have been able to get three offensive rebounds and they scored off of a putback on the last possession. Arizona can go small and big. It’s big lineup is very big with two 6-10 forwards and 6-7 Hill.
SCOREBOARD — Arizona State leads Washington State 43-24 early in the second half.
GOOD START — The Huskies are shooting 42.9 percent (3 of 7) and they’re holding Arizona to 28.6 percent (2 of 7). Washington is clogging off driving lanes and forcing the Wildcats into perimeter shots. Wilcox made his first shot, a three-pointer despite Johnson flying at him late. UW 7-5, 14:59.
FIRST SUBS — Desmond Simmons is in for Kemp and Andrews relieved Gaddy.. UA 5-4, 16:02.
MATCHUPS — Nothing unusual. Gaddy and Lyons, Wilcox and Johnson, Suggs and Parrom, Kemp and Hill and N’Diaye and Tarc.
NICE CROWD — The game is officially sold out, but I was told there would likely be some empty seats. Two minutes before tip off and this place looks packed to me. Coach Lorenzo Romar said this week McKale Center was the best environment in the Pac-12 this season.
STARTING LINEUP — No change for UW: Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs, C.J. Wilcox, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Aziz N’Diaye.
Arizona: G Mark Lyons, G Nick Johnson, F Kevin Parrom, F Solomon Hill and C Kaleb Tarczewski.
THE COMMISH — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is in the building. Reminder, he’s hosting a live chat on the blog noon tomorrow. Tune in for that one.
WHAT NO WHITE OUT — The past two years Arizona held a White-Out for the Huskies. This year’s game doesn’t have the hype of the past two. Fans are rather casual and late arriving. Blame it on the snow storm and 9 p.m. start.