Welcome to Hec Ed. In a stunner, it’s raining outside. Game thread starts on the jump with a bit of news:
> Washington wins 65-57. Is up to 17-13 and 9-8 in conference with one game to go.
> Andrews has hit an elbow jumper and a 3 and I don’t think Romar liked either of those shots on the release. Washington leads 61-51 with 1:17 to go.
> USC hanging around. Washington leads 54-58 with 3:13 to play and has the ball. Fontan hit a big 3-pointer and Dedmon hit a long two.
> Suggs WIDE open for a 3. Squish. SC timeout with Washington leading 48-41 with 6:00 to go.
> Washington announces alumni game in Hec Ed on June 23.
> Timeout SC. Suggs hits a hook in the lane and Washington leads 43-41.
> SC center Dwayne Dedmon just picked up his fourth foul, but the Trojans still leads 41-39 with 11:51 to go. Suggs still hot, he’s 5 for 8 for 11 points. Wilcox is still cold. He’s 2 for 9.
> Washington runs the elbow dive for Jarreau, the same way it used to for for Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
> At the under-15 timeout, USC leads 37-33. Been a sloppy start to the second half.
> Fontan has his wrist taped even more now. Walks out slow from the back and is not warming up with his jersey untucked. Sitting on bench.
> Washington and USC are tied 28-28 at the half. Suggs has seven, but Wilcox is 2 for 7 and Gaddy is 1 for 6 from the field.
> Washington has opened up a 26-21 lead with 3:19 to go thanks to back-to-back jumpers from Wilcox and Suggs. Wilcox’s left-wing 3-pointer was the 200th 3-pointer he’s hit for Washington.
> Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is enjoying some popcorn behind the USC bench.
> Andrews scores on the break (that’s allowed?) and SC calls timeout. Washington leads 21-19. USC point guard Jio Fontan is struggling with his injured right wrist.
> Interesting to see N’Diaye and Jarreau on the floor together here. Jarreau on the beefy Eric Wise. N’Diaye on Dedmon.
> Jernard Jarreau gives Washington a nice jolt and SC leads 13-12 with 11:12 to go. Jarreau has a jumper, block and follow dunk since he came into the game. Washington has a 13-3 rebounding advantage.
> Under-16 timeout and Washington is off to a bad start. Down 8-4. Offense is poor.
> Same starters for Washington: Gaddy, Wilcox, Suggs, Kemp, N’Diaye. USC goes with Fonton, Terrell, Wesley, Wise and Dedmon.
> Washington State has stunned UCLA in Pullman, winning 73-61.
> Washington’s season-low in home attendance is 6,928 from the Saint Louis game. It is yet to crack 9,000 this year at home. That season-low attendance will be challenged tonight.
> In Pullman, UCLA forward Travis Wear re-injured his right ankle. He’s come out of the game there. The Cougs had a huge lead that is down to 45-36 with 11:44 to go.
> Fontan warmed up with his right wrist wrapped and took just one jump shot during drills. He bricked it, then grabbed his wrist with his left hand and flexed his hand. He drove in almost every drill and often shot with his left (off) hand.
> USC point guard Jio Fontan, who face-guarded C.J. Wilcox in LA and helped hold him to a season-low seven shot attempts, will dress and try to play tonight. Fontan has sprained right (shooting) wrist. He’s been practicing, but with his hand wrapped. The Trojans will monitor him and see if he can tolerate the pain. It’s almost impossible to play a basketball game without getting smacked on the hand. So, we’ll see how Fontan does.
Everybody appears ready to go for Washington. Andrew Andrews, who left Hec Ed Sunday with a walking boot on his left foot for precautionary reasons, looks fine.