The Beavers never went away, but the Huskies hung on to take their Pac-10 opener, 76-70. Quincy Pondexter led all scorers with 20 points. Isaiah Thomas had 19.
But let’s just assume that you’ve got other plans in mind for your new years eve and cut straight to the skimming part:
Star of the game: Isaiah Thomas provided 19 points, including 13 — and a lot of energy — in the first half.
Key stats: Both teams had 17 turnovers. UW won the battle of the boards, 40-30.
Quotable: “Oregon State is tough to play against. They do a good job of not letting you get away from them. I told our guys it’s hard to make them go away, the way they play. But give our guys a lot of credit. We made probably too many mental mistakes tonight, but I thought in the first half once we got going our defensive pressure was very good. That allowed us to get out in front.” — Lorenzo Romar
Notes: UW played without sophomore Scott Suggs, who was out with a stomach illness. Romar said Suggs is expected back at practice Friday morning and should be ready for Oegon on Saturday. … UW announced that the Huskies will wear black uniforms in their Jan. 30 home game against Washington State. The school also is encouraging fans to wear black as part of a “blackout” promotion.
Finally, thanks for reading all year. See you in 2010. (By the way, is that going to be spoken as “Two thousand ten” or “Twenty ten”?)