BY Todd Dybas 05:33PM 01/08/2011

Huskies blaze past Oregon State

Washington put five players in double figures in win over Beavers. Matthew Bryan-Amaning led all scorers with 24 points. Isaiah Thomas added 19 for Washington.

Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas finished with 19 points and eight assists against Oregon State. (Drew McKenzie/Sportspress Northwest)

Date: January 8, 2011

Venue: Hec Edmundson Pavilion

City: Seattle

Attendance: 9,671

While the Seahawks were stunning the NFL, Washington was off to a stunning start. Oregon State led by as many as nine points in the first half. A Calvin Haynes 3-pointer pushed Oregon State up 37-28. But 23rd-ranked Washington closed the first half on a 12-2 run to lead at the break. The lead was extended immediately to start the second half. Washington was finally able to run a bit, and grew the lead to 20 then 30 to lock up a 12-3, 4-0 record with an eventual 103-72 win.

Star Of The Game
Matthew Bryan-Amaning: Scored 24 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. Bryan-Amaning played so well Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said after the game he thinks Bryan-Amaning could be a pro.

Play of the game
Bryan-Amaning swatted a dunk attempt by Oregon State’s Joe Burton, revving up the crowd and leading to a layup.

Postgame chatter

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar: [audio:http://sportspressnw.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Romar18113.mp3|titles=Romar1811]

Washington’s Matthew Bryan-Amaning: [audio:http://sportspressnw.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/MBA1811.mp3|titles=MBA1811]

Oregon State coach Craig Robinson: [audio:http://sportspressnw.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Robinson1811.mp3|titles=Robinson1811]

Highlights

  • Darnell Gant Had a helpside block that came shortly after Bryan-Amaning’s block of Burton’s dunk attempt.
  • Justin Holiday Dunked an alley-oop pass from Venoy Overton.

Lowlights

  • Washington trailed 37-28 in the first half because it struggled to figure out Oregon State’s zone.

Notable

  • Aziz N’Diaye Finished with seven points and five rebounds.
  • Terrence Ross Was held scoreless in the first half, but scored 14 points in the second half.
  • Darnell Gant Had a solid game with 10 points and five rebounds.
  • C.J. Wilcox Scored just two points on 1-of-4 shooting.
  • Venoy Overton Made his second consecutive start in place of injured Abdul Gaddy. Finished with eight points and seven assists.
  • Scott Suggs Solid off the bench once again, Suggs scored 12 points thanks to four 3-point makes.
  • Isaiah Thomas Another stellar effort running the team. Thomas finished with 19 points and eight assists.
  • A huge roar went up in the Hec Ed lobby when hundreds of fans gathered around a single flat screen outside the golf center watched Marshawn Lynch rumble 67 yards for the sealing score against New Orleans.
  • Matthew Bryan-Amaning finished with his fifth double-double of the season, 24 points and 15 rebounds. It was his ninth career double-double.
  • Oregon State opened up by hitting its first three 3-pointers. The coup de grace? Beavers wing Jared Cunningham banked in a 3 for an 11-3 Oregon State lead. Cunningham’s visit to the bank came from the far right wing and an seemingly unfriendly angle. But that’s how things were going early for Oregon State. Point guard Ahmad Starks tried to match Cunningham, but Stark’s deep jumper that banked in was ruled a measly two-point basket.

Said

  • “We were running our offense, we weren’t making turnovers, and we were playing defense, the complete opposite of the second half.” — Craig Robinson, Oregon State head coach, on what went right in the first half versus the second
  • “We were down the whole first half and for him to go down, in the middle of about 10 dudes, and make that, it was a momentum changer.” — Isaiah Thomas, Washington guard, on Venoy Overton’s floater to close the first half
  • “Matthew Bryan-Amaning was the man today.” — Lorenzo Romar, Washington head coach
  • “We took a huge shot from Oregon State in the first half.” — Lorenzo Romar, Washington head coach

Numbers

  • 30. The amount of points Washington outscored Oregon State by in the second half.
  • 64.1 Shooting percentage for Washington in the second half.
  • 2. Fastbreak points for Washington in the first half.
  • 11. Fastbreak points for Washington in the second half.

YourThoughts

  • Peter Smith

    The beavers were up on the huskies throughout the first half, but you never got the feeling that it would last. The three-point and two-point beaver bank shots were ridiculous. And it always seemed like Orgeon-State was working so hard to score their buckets. On the other hand, I felt like Washington missed a few open threes and an open jumper or two in the first half. Also, Isaiah and Venoy combined for 15 assists and ony 3 turnovers! Tough to lose when your guards have a 5:1 assist to turnover ratio.

  • Shplunker

    Although it may be in the video… wouldn’t mentioning the final score SOMEWHERE in this article be one of key points of sports reporting?

  • Chuck

    The officiating was very Pac 10. Ticky tack fouls on both sides and ridiculous no-calls. On one play, the Oregon State player cleared out the defender with his left arm and took off on a drive. When the whistle blew about one in three people on the court and in the stands threw out their left arms, creating a spontaneous wave, but the call was unbelievably on the defender. Nevertheless, it was a great game. MBA’s blocked shot was incredibly thorough.