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Wrapping up the Huskies' 75-72 win over Oregon State

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From my game story from today's paper ...

“Big picture, we are tied for first place and going back home for two games,” said coach Lorenzo Romar. “Big picture, I would prefer that to the alternative. Although some of the wins may not have looked pretty, somehow we were able to get them done.”

And that’s all that matters for the Huskies (17-8 overall) – win and keep pace with Cal.

Right now, Washington knows winning the Pac-12 regular season title is a must to get invited to the NCAA tournament. And even that won’t guarantee a bid.

“We know if we don’t win it outright, we’d (likely) have to win the Pac-12 tournament (to get in) and that’s really hard to do,” said guard C.J. Wilcox.

It was that scenario that made Thursday’s blowout loss at Oregon so disappointing for the Huskies. It was that scenario that made Washington play with a significantly higher energy level on Sunday.

“We had to bounce back from (the loss to Oregon), and I think we did,” said guard Terrence Ross, who scored 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds against the Beavers. “It was a big loss. We had to get that out of our mind.”

While the effort and energy were better to start the game, Washington was far from perfect in the first half. The Huskies managed to forge a halftime tie at 31, despite 34.3 percent shooting from the field, six turnovers, committing 11 fouls and giving up some open looks.Howie Stalwick filed this notebook on the game for us, leading with a beat up Terrence Ross.

From the OSU perspective ...

  • Here's John Hunt's story in the Oregonian
  • Here's Kevin Frampton story in Gazette Times
  • Here's Curtis Anderson's story in the Register Guard.

Not sure what to say about this chart. It's relatively self explanatory. I will say that Washington might have some of the best offensive rebounding guards in the conference. Wroten and Ross each had five offensive boards apiece. The free throw shooting looks really good, because OSU was awful in the first half.