Badly needing a win, the Huskies got one, their first in Pac-10 play and with Oregon State coming up Saturday.
I thought the story of the game was the pace. It had been a while since the Huskies had an opponent who wanted to get it up and down the court, and they reacted well. It was a really fun game for the nice Hec Ed crowd.
The other story was Ryan Appleby coming out of his two-game slump. And then there was the continued development of freshmen Venoy Overton and Matthew Bryan-Amaning. If they grow up fast, this team may yet live up to Jon Brockman's belief that they can still make the postseason.
Star of the game: Brockman produced his Pac-10 leading 11th double-double of the season with a team-high 21 points and 16 rebounds.
Key stats: Washington held Oregon 12 points below their Pac-10-leading scoring average. … The Huskies had 17 assists and 11 turnovers in a fast-tempo game. … UW dominated the boards, 45-33. ... Free throws continue to be a problem for the Huskies who went 15-for-26 (57.7 percent).
Key run: Oregon clipped Washington's lead to three-points in the final two minutes. Then Venoy Overton found Ryan Appleby, who hit a 3-pointer that set up a strong stretch run by the Huskies.
Observations: Appleby had 19 points after being shutout over the previous two games. … This was Oregon's seventh straight loss in Hec Edmundson Pavilion. … Oregon's Maarty Leunen, who came into the game tied with Brockman for the Pac-10 lead with 10 double-doubles, had 22 points and but only six rebounds. … UW's first win in league play leaves Oregon State as the only Pac-10 team without a conference win.
Quotable: "It is Brockman, No. 1. He is just a relentless rebounder, and they are a relentless rebounding team, so you need to be a relentless block-out team." ¬– Oregon coach Ernie Kent on the rebounding disparity.
Next: 3 p.m. Saturday, vs. Oregon State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.