Road hits Huskies hard

CORVALLIS - The Washington Huskies, 1-8 on the road this season, found the environs at Gill Coliseum just as cold as the rest of their travels, as the Oregon State Beavers used a 14-4 second-half run to all but put the Huskies' NCAA tournament hopes to rest with a 73-65 win Thursday night.

The Beavers (11-18, 3-13) used a balanced scoring attack, led by the 16 points of Josh Tarver, 15 from Marcel Jones, 14 from Wesley Washington and 11 from Jack McGillis. Washington (16-11, 6-9) tried their hardest to push the ball inside, and Spencer Hawes delivered with 22 points, while Jon Brockman added 14 points and 14 rebounds – tying a career-high.

"We executed the game plan we had from wire to wire," said OSU Head Coach Jay John. "We got physically manhandled in Seattle, and that was something we were not going to allow to happen again. I told them over my dead body would we let that happen again."

John wouldn't have to go nearly that far, as the dreaded turnover bug hit the Huskies hard, as it has all year long. They finished with 21 miscues for the night, which the Beavers cashed in for 21 points. Add to that 14 steals by Oregon State – a season-high for a Washington opponent – and OSU built up a 14-point lead with 7:16 left in the second half and salted it away with 27 free-throws (out of 42 total attempts) when the Huskies decided that to go ‘Hack-A-Shaq'.

"We knew that Oregon State had been playing with renewed life," Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game. "They played better than we did. I just don't know how we didn't come out and not be focused at a high level. And it's been talked about. It's a disappointing loss."

The first half was a very rough affair, with the Huskies missing all seven of their attempts from 3-point range, while Oregon State let UW hang around by shooting 4-12 from the free-throw line, despite being in the bonus with 8:38 left in the half. Washington took their first lead of the game at the 3:14 mark, courtesy of a Hawes putback.

But as it was the case for the first 20 minutes, the Huskies lost their lead when Artem Wallace - who could have just held the ball after Oregon State's last apparent shot, inexplicably threw the ball out to the 3-point circle, where OSU's Josh Tarver promptly picked it up and buried a long-range jumper, giving the Beavers a 24-22 lead at intermission. It was the lowest point total for Washington at the half, just beating out the 23 they scored on the road at Washington State.
Points: Hawes 22, Brockman 14, Pondexter 13, Appleby 8, Dentmon 5, Nelson 3
Rebounds: Brockman 14, Pondexter 5, Dentmon 5, Hawes 4, Oliver 4, TEAM 3, Appleby 2, Wallace 2, Gasser 2, Nelson 1
Assists: Appleby 4, Dentmon 2, Pondexter 1, Brockman 1, Hawes 1, Oliver 1
Steals: Pondexter 1, Brockman 1, Hawes 1, Dentmon 1
Blocks: Hawes 3, Gasser 1 Top Stories