UW-WSU hoops: bad, bad, bad ball; but a good finish

And on Oscar Night, the award for the worst half of basketball between Pac-10 rivals goes to (long pause) …. Washington and Washington State.

My, my, that was some bad hoops played in the Dawg House.

WSU shot 32 percent (8 for 25) from the field and turned it over 10 times, but still led Washington 24-17. The Huskies missed 16 of their first 18 shots and wound up shooting 22.2% (8 for 36) in the opening 20 minutes. The Huskies were 1-for-13 on 3-pointers, had nine turnovers and missed the only two free throws the attempted.

Bad, bad, bad basketball for a team that’s still not a lock for an NCAA Tournament bid.

The second half has to be better ….

Or maybe it doesn’t.

Lorenzo Romar just drew a technical after stomping his feet and protesting a call. Aziz N’Diaye picked up his third foul and the refs decided to put DeAngelo Casto at the line, even thougt it looked like the foul was well before he knocked down a shot in the lane. Casto completed the 3-point play and Thompson made both freebies on the technical and the scoreboard reads: Cougars 38, Huskies 23 with 16:54 to play.

Timeout at the 15: 41 mark: WSU 41, UW 28.

Guess what? Washington’s back in it. The Huskies are with 65-59 with 3:48 left. Cougs are starting to unravel and Washington’s starting to hit some shots. Big key down the stretch for WSU is keeping Klay Thompson in the game. The WSU star has four fouls.

DeAngelo Casto putback with 3:00 left pushes WSU up 69-59 and Abe Ludwick takes a charge at the other end. Momentum turns back to WSU. Thompson hits two free throws and WSU leads 71-59 with 2:48 left.

2:33: Casto two more free throws. WSU 73, UW 59. I think WSU has weathered the storm. Husky fans are leaving and the only chants in the building are: “Let’s go Cougars!”

Not a great finish, but the Huskies made it interesting for a couple minutes.

Best Oscar for a late-game scrap goes to (who else?) Venoy Overton of the Huskies. Overton and WSU’s Marcus Capers got into a little scrap with 1:50 left. Nothing serious, but both picked up technicals.

Best Oscar for player in a leading role: WSU’s Casto (23 points, 12 rebounds and he was 8 for 8 from the lie).

Best Oscar for player in a supporting role: WSU’s Reggie Moore. Not great numbers (10 points, 5 rebs, 4 assists) but he got the Cougs settled down on offense and just made some smart plays.

Best Oscar for a coach: Former Husky assitant and WSU head coach Ken Bone gets the call. Afterall, he’s the only coach to come into Hec Ed this year and win a game. Nobody else had come within 10 points of Washington at home.

Final score: WSU 80, UW 69.

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