Washington bruises up Beavers

Washington used balanced scoring from inside and out, as well as a 13-5 run to start the second half, to pull away from the Oregon State Beavers 91-74, in front of a packed Bank of America Arena Saturday. It was a rough affair, one in which Washington made their shots when they counted, while the Beavers wilted.

Like they did Thursday against Oregon, Justin Dentmon and Jon Brockman led the way for the Huskies (13-7, 3-6), while Josh Tarver had 22 points for Oregon State (9-13, 1-8). The win also gives the Huskies a two-game winning streak in the conference, the first time this year they have been able to put back-to-back victories on the board in league play.

Fouling was the name of the game, with both teams shooting 45 more free throws in the second half than in the first. The referees had warned Oregon State forward Sasa Cuic at least three times in the first half to clean up his play in the post, and they lived up to their warnings in the second stanza, nailing the junior from Croatia with two fouls right out of the gate. In general the refs, who only called fifteen first-half fouls, called over half that (eight) before the Beavers called timeout with 16:06 left in the game. By 13:12, the Huskies were in the bonus, and Oregon State was there 1:16 later.

By that time Washington up 19 and the damage had been done. The Beavers were flat-out brutal from the free-throw line, going 6-18 for the first 32 minutes of the game. They ended up being outscored at the line by ten points, despite shooting seven more times (32-25) than the Huskies. Overall, OSU went 12-32 from the line (.375).

The Huskies, while making 22-25 chances from the charity stripe, really made their living in the paint, out-rebounding OSU 41-23, while scoring 16 more 'second-chance' points than their opponent.

It all started with Brockman, who tied his career-high with 25 points. He added eight rebounds, while Dentmon chipped in with his 17 points, as well as seven rebounds. Spencer Hawes, coming off the bench for the second-straight game after missing the Washington State game with a sprained ankle, scored 13 points.

The Beavers started out red-hot, making threes and penetrating Washington's man attack for buckets down low. For the whole first half they cut the Dawgs up inside, led by Jeffers' 12 points, all from in deep. When OSU did go outside, they had success, shooting 4-7 from 3-point range.

The Huskies didn't initially respond, using their hustle for putbacks. They were trying to push it into the paint and then look for uncontested shot from deep, and they had moderate success starting out.

But after the first television timeout, they heated up, paced by an improvement in their defensive tempo, especially their on-ball pressure. Brockman and Dentmon led the way. With their hustle and relentless style, they forced Oregon State into turnovers and fouling, leading to a decided advantage at the free-throw line going into halftime and beyond. A Brockman offensive rebound and putback gave the Huskies a 41-38 halftime advantage, despite 10 turnovers.
Points: Brockman 25, Dentmon 17, Hawes 13, Nelson 12, Pondexter 8, Oliver 7, Appleby 5, Burmeister 3, Wallace 1
Rebounds: Brockman 8, Dentmon 7, Nelson 6, Wallace 4, Pondexter 4, Oliver 3, Hawes 3, Burmeister 3, TEAM 3,
Assists: Appleby 6, Dentmon 3, Pondexter 3, Wallace 2, Brockman 1, Nelson 1, Oliver 1, Hawes 1
Steals: Brockman 2, Dentmon 2, Pondexter 2, Appleby 1, Oliver 1, Burmeister 1
Blocks: Hawes 1

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