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Recap: Washington 97, Oregon State 59

Rather than try to write a recap about Oregon State's 38 point loss to the Huskies, here's what some others are saying:

Bob Condetta
The Seattle Times

Washington guard Ryan Appleby missed a free throw before UW's game at Oregon State had even started Saturday, a rarity for the sharpshooter.

He was at the line after the Beavers were assessed a technical for getting their lineup in too late, making one of two.

But he hardly missed again, sinking a school-record nine three-pointers in 15 attempts in leading Washington to a 97-59 win over Oregon State here Saturday.

Unlike most UW opponents of late, Oregon State played Appleby pretty much straight-up, allowing him to get more open than usual.

"The shots were there and I got some good looks," he said. "It's been tough this year to get some good looks. A lot of teams have face-guarded me and doubled me on screens and made it tough for me to get looks."

But OSU almost never did; Appleby hit 5 of 8 threes in the first half and four more in the second to break a record he had tied earlier in the year.

Paul Buker
The Oregonian

After stirring up the struggling Washington Huskies by disrupting their Friday afternoon shootaround -- then reportedly trying to taunt them at their team hotel -- Oregon State paid the price Saturday afternoon.

The Beavers couldn't back up their strong words from the day before, and they were buried.

"When someone comes into your practice and tells you what they're going to do to you, you better be ready to play," said Washington coach Lorenzo Romar after the fired-up Huskies rolled to a stunningly lopsided 97-59 victory in front of 5,539 at Gill Coliseum.

It wasn't at all shocking that OSU (6-19, 0-13 Pacific-10 Conference) lost.

The Beavers have dropped a school-record 15 consecutive games. They have also lost 15 in a row in the conference, going back to last season. But this was a game -- believe it or not -- that OSU thought it could win.

In fact, the OSU players involved in a trash-talking exchange with the Huskies on Friday -- notably senior forward Marcel Jones and freshman center Sean Carter -- all but guaranteed it.

Interim coach Kevin Mouton said the Beavers "fell completely apart." Then Mouton said the confrontation at Gill on Friday was "overblown." But clearly, Mouton was not happy that several of his players had created a distraction.

Adam Jude: "Beavers play like garbage after talking trash"
The Register Guard

The "jibber-jabber," as Oregon State interim coach Kevin Mouton called it, that prompted a bizarre series of events a day earlier didn't have a chance to boil into something more Saturday afternoon.

Washington made sure of that early.

After so much talk Friday, the Beavers were silent Saturday, and so was their play.

"Embarrassing, man," one OSU player mumbled as he walked through the Gill Coliseum basement following a 97-59 loss to the Huskies, the 15th consecutive defeat for the Beavers.

In a game that many figured would be their best chance at a Pac-10 Conference win, the Beavers (6-19 overall, 0-13 Pac-10) instead suffered their worst loss of the season during the worst stretch in school history.

"It was very shocking," Mouton said. "It was very shocking ... to fall apart like we did."

If OSU's action on the court didn't, at least their verbal antics provided compelling drama. Hey, it's one way for Oregon State basketball to get back on the map.

If you were there or watched it on TV, your comments are welcome in the thread below.

Next up: at UCLA, Thursday