IT’S OVER — UW 92-80.
IN CONTROL — Barring something crazy, the Huskies will escape with a win. UW 91-80, 1:40.
BACK ON TOP — Seiferth fouls out with 7:39 left. UW leads 74-70 with Nigel Williams-Goss going to the line for a FT.
5G — The Huskies are using five guards (the starters plus Anderson and Johnson). The little guys are cutting into Eastern’s lead. EWU 67-63, 10:27.
MOMENTUM TURNING — The Huskies are making a run. They’re attacking the basket and it’s working. Eastern has three players with four fouls, including Seiferth. UW 64-57, 11:40.
STILL TIME — If the Huskies are going to make a run, it better happen fairly quick. EWU 64-55, 12:31.
WHERE’S WILCOX? — This is the type of game where the Huskies have to force feed their superstar. Especially when you’re trailing by 11in the second half. Wilcox (nine points) had six attempts. Harvey (20 points) has 15. EWU 59-48, 15:09.
ANOTHER QUICK HOOK — Kemp is out after Jois blew right by him. Andreson is in. EWU 55-43, 17:24.
QUICK HOOK — Coach Lorenzo Romar yanked Andrews for apparently giving up an offensive rebound. Johnson is in. EWU 52-41, 18:30
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Just a miserable half for Washington. The Huskies are being outplayed on both ends. They’re doing some good things when they attack the basket, but they’re awful in just about every other category. They’re 1 for 9 on three-pointers. The set offense just isn’t working. Wilcox is 2 for 5 and has six points. Blackwell (six points) is also ineffective.
But the biggest problem is Washington’s defense. For starters, they’re not getting back after missed shots. EWU has 10 fast-break points. The Eagles are running and beating the Huskies in transition. The Eagles are also getting good looks inside and outside. Harvey is putting on a show. He’s 7 for 13 from the floor, including 5 of 8 on three-pointers. He has 20 points, which is three shy of his personal best. Wouldn’t be surprised if he goes for 3o.
Eastern guards are also getting inside and creating havoc. Brandon has five assists, nine rebounds and eight points. The Eagles are attacking Blackwell and Kemp and getting around them with spin moves in the lane.
The lone bright spot for UW is Williams-Goss who has nine points. He’s torched EWU with strong drives and floaters over their bigs.
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HALFTIME — Huskies trail 48-39. Harvey has 20 points for EWU. Williams-Goss leads UW with nine.
SENSATIONAL — Harvey has 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting, including 5 for 8 on three-pointers. The Huskies better find someone to contain that guy. So far, nothing has worked. Harvey has torched Williams-Goss and Wilcox. Stewart is going to try and slow down the Eagles sophomore guard. EWU 43-35, 3:00.
BACK TO TEN — The Huskies cut their deficit to four. Then it ballooned to 10 again. Now it’s back to four thanks to Williams-Goss who has taken over the past few minutes. He’s scored on penetrating dribble drives and fancy floaters. EWU 36-32, 4:45.
SUB — Hikeem Stewart is in for Johnson. EWU 31-24, 7:01.
SUB — Gilles Dierickx is getting ready to check in. UW going back to three-guard lineup. He’s paired with Blackwell. EWU 26-22, 8:11.
AGGRESSIVE — The Huskies are attacking the basket at every opportunity. Good strategy considering Seiferth is out. The Huskies are also drawing fouls and doing a good job at the line where they’ve hit 6 of 7. EWU 26-22, 8:11.
FOUL TROUBLE — Seiferth has two fouls and he’s out of the game. EWU 26-17, 9:47
SLOPPY — The Huskies have committed four turnovers. Many of the miscues occurred while trying to get the ball inside to Blackwell. He’s 1 of 2. He had a shot blocked. He’s going to have a hard time against the Eagle’s big front line. EWU 19-11, 11:50.
SUBS — Mike Anderson and Darin Johnson replace Kemp and Williams-Goss.
EARLY WARNING SIGNS — The Eagles aren’t afraid of the Huskies. They’re running their offense with relative ease and getting good shots. They’re 6 of 9 from the floor. They’re also making things difficult for UW’s offense. EWU 15-8, 14:27.
LOW TURNOUT — Tonight just might be the lowest attendance this season due to the Seahawks game that began at 1 p.m. and the little buzz surrounding the EWU contest. The Huskies drew 5,875 last Thursday.
STARTERS — No change for UW: C.J. Wilcox, Andrew Andrews, Nigel Williams-Goss, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Perris Blackwell. The Huskies are wearing gold.
Eastern Washington: G Parker Kelly, G Tyler Harvey, G Drew Brandon F Martin Seiferth and F Venky Jois.
TV — Tonight’s game is on Pac-12 Networks. Rich Waltz and Ernie Kent are calling the action.
FEEDBACK — Please let me know which format – live chat or game thread – works best for Husky hoops. I know we do live chats for UW football and Seahawks, but we also have a history of live game threads in this space. It’s up to you.
CHANGE-UP — We’re here live at Alaska Airlines Arena. For those looking for the live chat, we’re going to suspend the chat for today. There’s a live Seahawks chat on the Times sports page and I’ve been told the web producers don’t like two chats running at the same time. So we’ll defer to the Hawks, who are crushing Minnesota 41-20 late in the fourth quarter.