Washington (14-13, 6-8) at Oregon St. (14-11, 6-7) / Gill Coliseum / 1 PM PST / PAC-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM
Oregon St. concludes Washington week today, with an afternoon visit from the Huskies.
The Beavers snapped a 3 game losing streak with Thursday night's 68-57 win over Washington St., and are looking for a win that would get them to .500 in conference play for the first time after 14 games since 1993.
Angus Brandt led the way with 16 points, a dozen of them in the first half that saw Oregon St. take a lead they would never relinquish. Devon Collier contributes 14 more, important given that Roberto Nelson, the Pac-12's leading scorer, jammed his hand in a first half loose ball scrum, and made only 1 of 9 shots from the field.
Nelson still managed to put up 12 points by making 10 of 11 from the free throw line, which made him only the 5th Beaver ever to surpass 1,600 career points. Nelson's hand injury isn't expected to be a significant problem today.
Slow starts by the Beaver backcourt have become a reoccurring problem of late though, and its something head coach Craig Robinson, whose' 92nd win at Oregon St. made him the 4th winningest coach in Beaver men's basketball history.
The Huskies dropped a hotly contested 78-71 contest at Oregon Wednesday night. C.J. Wilcox, Washington's leading scorer, was held to just 9 points, this by a Duck squad not noted for defense. But Perris Blackwell picked up the slack, coming off the bench for a team high 17 points.
Andrew Anderws added 15, despite missing all 4 of his 3 pointers, on a day the Huskies overall were only 4 of 17 from behind the arc.
Desond Simmons and Nigel Williams-Goss were both in double digits for Washington as well, with both posting 12 point nights.
Washington won the first meeting this season 87-81 back on Jan. 25 in Seattle, when Husky coach Lorenzo Romar went with a 4 guard lineup and still beat the bigger Beavers inside. Washington out-rebounded Oregon St. 32-27 despite the presence of Eric Moreland, including importantly, a dozen on the offensive glass.
It also helped that Williams-Goss had his career best game, going for a game high 32 points on 10 of 15 shooting.
It eclipsed a 31 point afternoon by Nelson, and 23 points by Collier off the Beaver's bench.
The patient Huskies made 21 of their 31 baskets from a range of 5 feet or less, most of them considerably less. It's a problem the Beavers can not allow to repeat itself if they are to gain a split in the season series today.