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Romar: UW came back from huge shot by OSU

Oregon State led by as many as nine in the first half -- 37-28. But the Huskies came charging back for a 103-72 win.

It was Washington’s 10th straight Pac-10 win, dating to last season.

For this season, the Huskies move to 12-3 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-10. The Beavers fall to 7-8 and 2-2.

Here's the overview from UW coach Lorenzo Romar:

We took a huge shot from Oregon State in the first half. They came out very aggressive. I thought they were very physical, they were scrappy, they came out ready to play. When you play htat hard, other things start to happen in your favor – they hit two 3’s that banked off the backboard. They earned that. You get after it like that, you’re focused like that, good things usually happen.

Our guys didn’t play bad, but we were 4-of-16 from the 3-point line in the first half. We had two second-chance points in the first half – and ended up with 25. So we really pounded the board. They boards were really close at the half and we ended up plus-13. We settled down on our defense. Our guys really got up and started playing in the lanes and were able to get their hands on so many passes. We blocked 10 shots. We protected the rim really well. That second half was close – except for maybe Virginia in one of those halves – that was close to the best half we’ve played this year.

Fifteen assists, three turnovers between Venoy Overton and Isaiah Thomas. In that zone they penetrated time after time looking for guys out on the flanks to pass them the basketball. Venoy did a really good job that way. And Matthew Bryan-Amaning was a man today. He really played good basketball.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning dominated with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Thomas had 19. Ross came on for 14, all in the second half. UW won on the boards, 45-32 and had 10 blocks.

Cunningham led OSU with 21 points.

From here, the Huskies go on to the Bay Area, where they will meet Stanford on Thursday and Cal a week from tomorrow.

Their next home game will be Jan. 20 against Arizona.

2nd/4:50 Back-to-back highlight reel blocks by MBA. UW up, 82-62.

2nd/6:28 Huskies up, 73-60. 2nd/11:30: Welcome to the Huskies blog, Seahawks fans. Dawgs up, 64-50.

2nd/51-41: The Huskies have opened the second half with an 11-2 run and are up 51-41. Dating back to the first half, the run is 23-4.

Second half: ... has begun. Original starters in for both teams.

Halftime: Venoy Overton hit a running floater at the buzzer to put UW ahead, 40-39. That preserves a streak where the Huskies haven't trailed at halftime in any game this season.

Huskies shooting 45.2, OSU 41.2. But UW 4-16 on 3-pointers, OSY six of 9. UW seven assists, five turnovers against various OSU zones. Beavers 20 rebounds, Huskies 18.

Individually, 14 points for Thomas, 10 for MBA (still none for Ross). Cunningham had 14 for the Beavers.

1st/3:45 Oregon State, 34-28. Thomas has 12 points, but on other Husky has more than four. Cunningham leads all scorers with 14, including a 3-pointer he just hit before having something to yell at the UW bench.

UW shooting 40 percent, OSU 42.9. Beavers 17 rebounds, Huskies 14.

Ross scoreless, including a missed trey and a missed dunk.

1st/7:46 OSU, 21-16. Huskies getting looks -- outside at least -- but missing.

1st/12:30 Oregon State got off to a fast 11-3 start. However, the Huskies have chipped away since then, finally catching up, 12-12, on an MBA dunk assisted by Thomas.

Tipoff: We're under way. And the crowd has filled in pretty well, btw.

Pregame: Not too surprisingly, there are plenty of empty seats so far... likely some fans choosing to watch Seahawks, or maybe others trying to watch at least the first half before heading out. (And as things look so far, anyone who watched the first half is going to be tempted to stick around for the second.)

Lineups: The Huskies are going with the same lineup they used Thursday against Oregon: Overton, Thomas, N'Diaye, MBA and Holiday. Beavers going with Cunningham. Haynes, Johnson, Collier and Brandt.

Huskies in gold, Beavers in black.Here's a quick look at today's game:

OREGON STATE (7-7 OVERALL, 2-1 PAC-10) AT NO. 23 WASHINGTON (11-3, 3-0)3:35 p.m., Hec Edmundson Pavilion.TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AMSeries: UW leads, 151-135, including seven straight wins. The Huskies swept three meetings last season: home, road and Pac-10 tournament. Under coach Craig Robinson, OSU is 0-5 against UW. The Beavers last win in the series came in 2007; their last win at Hec Ed came in 2003. Statistical leaders: For OSU – Jared Cunningham, 14.1 ppg; Omari Johnson, 6.7 rpg; Joe Burton, 2.7 apg. For UW – Isaiah Thomas, 15.8 ppg and 4.6 apg; Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 7 rpg. Scouting report: After sweeping the Arizona schools at home, the Beavers suffered their first Pac-10 loss Thursday at Washington State, 84-70. That, combined with UW’s 87-69 win over Oregon, moved the Huskies into sole possession of first place in the conference. … UW has won 10 straight Pac-10 games, dating back to last season. … Washington leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense (87.9), while Oregon State is last in scoring defense (71.4). The Beavers also are last in field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage defense, rebounding margin and blocked shots. However, OSU’s zone defenses force a Pac-10 high 11.21 steals per game. UW is third in steals (8.36). ... Individually, Thomas has moved to the top of the Pac-10 in assists. He also is sixth in scoring. Cunningham leads in steals (3.29). … A win today would give UW its first 4-0 league start since 1984.Next: 7 p.m. Thursday, at Stanford; Maples Pavilion, Stanford, Calif.; no TV.