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Tale of the tape: Washington 87, Oregon State 81

Here's our recap box that will publish alongside our story in tomorrow's newspaper ...

PLAYER OF THE GAME — Nigel Williams-Goss has put together a fairly impressive freshman season, but what he did Saturday was above and beyond. He scored 32 points, the most by a UW freshman since at least 1972, and played 32 minutes of point guard without committing a turnover. Williams-Goss was also aggressive defensively and generally a major problem for Oregon State.

IT WAS OVER WHEN — After OSU cut its deficit to three points, Williams-Goss scored and was fouled with 44.8 seconds left to put UW back ahead by two possessions. OSU didn’t come closer.

STAT OF THE GAME — For 11-plus minutes in the second half, the Huskies used the same five players: Williams-Goss, C.J. Wilcox, Mike Anderson, Perris Blackwell and Shawn Kemp Jr.

QUOTABLE — “I know it’s high school and it’s not college, but when he was in high school, that’s what he would do. The bigger the game, the bigger potential for him to do something like that.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar on Williams-Goss’ knack for big moments

WHAT IT MEANS — It felt like UW more or less had to sweep this home weekend after losing two games in the Bay Area, and the Huskies pulled it off. Williams-Goss’ emergence as a go-to scorer is encouraging, but the bigger picture is that the Huskies have a chance to be 6-3 at the halfway point of Pac-12 play. Not sure anyone would have predicted that.

NEXT UP — Washington at WashingtonState, 3 p.m. Saturday, Pac-12 Networks

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple