March 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Washington State live game thread
IT’S OVER — UW 72-68.
WHAT WAS THAT? — Not sure what Gaddy or Wilcox was thinking on the last play. Clearly it was some miscommunication. Gaddy’s pass sailed long and out of bounds. No time went off the clock. If Huskies can avoid any more miscues, they might win this game. UW 68-63, 42.5 seconds.
SUGGS TIME — Suggs is taking over much like he did the first time UW played WSU. He’s calling for the ball and knocking down big shots, including a three-pointer at the top of the key that put the Huskies ahead 60-57. He also barreled into the lane and drew a foul. He made both free throws. UW 62-57, 3:18.
UW LEADS — Gaddy sank a floater over Lacy to give UW a 55-54 lead with 6:32 left.
ALL SQUARE — Simmons hit a desperation jumper as the shot clock expired. UW-53-53, 6:45.
STILL ANYONE’S GAME — The Cougars took the lead early in the second half, but the Huskies have stayed within striking distance. WSU 53-50, 7:45.
GREAT SCOTT — Thanks to a nice pass from Jarreau, Suggs got a clean look at a three-pointer and drained the shot to bring the fans to their feet. He’s got 16 points, which ties the most he’s had this season since scoring a career best 24 on Dec. 13 against Seattle University. WSU 47-46, 13:26.
MORE FACES IN THE CROWD — Former Huskies Ryan Appleby, Tyreese Breshers and Donald Watts Jr. are sitting in the stands.
BEAUTIFUL MOVE — Suggs got Lacy in the air with a pump fake then drew a foul after making a short jumper on the baseline. He missed the ensuing free throw. WSU 43-39, 16:57.
TURNING POINT? — N’Diaye picked up a flagrant I foul for elbowing Motum in the neck. Motum hit both free throws. Kernich-Drew drained a three-pointer. WSU 43-35, 18:10.
SECOND HALF — UW keeps Simmons in the lineup in place of Kemp. Same starters for WSU. WSU 38-35, 18:56.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Impressive start for both teams.
Wilcox and Suggs are off to a good start and both have nine points. The Huskies are shooting 56 percent from the field.
Washington did a nice job shutting down Motum after he scored five quick points. However, the Cougars find alternative scorers in Lacy and WooWooldridge.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Gaddy eluded Shelton and converted an acrobatic layup at the buzzer to give UW a 34-32 lead at intermission.
RUN STOPPER — Suggs drained a step-back three-pointer to snap an 11-0 WSU run. WSU 30-26, 3:02.
BIG DUNK — After Shelton’s big dunk over Suggs, FSN analyst Marques Johnson said: “That’s a Lonnie Shelton flashback. Uncle Lonnie played here for the Sonics.” Shelton sank a three on the next possession. WSU 27-23, 4:38.
FACES IN THE CROWD — UW recruit Nigel Williams-Goss is sitting in the first row behind the Husky bench. UW 20-17, 7:19.
EARLY FOUL TROUBLE? — Andrews collected his second foul on Wooldridge. He’s staying in the game, but will switch to Lacy. UW 18-14, 8:32.
HOT START — Wilcox has six points on 3-for-4 shooting. Far cry from his 1-for-10 performance in his last outing. UW 13-12, 11:11.
MORE SUBS — Andrew Andrews and Jernard Jarreau are in for Gaddy and N’Diaye. WSU 7-6, 15:11.
MUCH BETTER — The Huskies are on a 6-0 run since Simmons has come in the game. Gaddy scored on a fast break layup, Wilcox hit a long jumper and a driving floater on the baseline. Motum took another shot, but it was blocked by N’Diaye. UW 6-5, 15:49.
NOT GOOD — Two possessions, two baskets for Motum. Romar wasting no time and will put in Desmond Simmons at the next break. WSU 5-0.
STARTING LINEUP — No change for UW: C.J. Wilcox, Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Aziz N’Diaye.
WSU: DaVonte Lacy, Brock Motum, Royce Woolridge, D.J. Shelton and Dexter Kernich-Drew.
LOUD AND RED — There’s about two dozen WSU fans sitting in the top rows at Hec Ed. They’re partially naked, painted in red and very loud.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT — UW recruit Darin Johnson scored 21 points last night to help Sheldon High to Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title.
FRONT AND CENTER — Aziz N’Diaye’s mom Amy, who is attending her first UW game, is sitting in the first row in front of the Dawg Pack at half court.