FINAL SCORE — Washington, 92, EWU 80. The Huskies outscored the Eagles 53-32 in the second half, and improve to 2-1. Back with more later.
1:40, second half — The Huskies are firmly in control now, leading 91-80 after layups by Andrews and Williams-Goss. Looks like they’re going to pull this one out, barring a late surge by the Eagles.
3:51, second half — UW’s lead is now 83-79 after Wilcox puts in a short jumper. He and Blackwell have 15 points each, but Williams-Goss leads the Huskies with 20. Harvey is up to 28 for EWU.
7:39, second half — Things have changed. Huskies lead, 74-70, with Williams-Goss heading to the line to try to complete an and-one. UW is 19-for-20 from the free-throw line in the second half, and they’ve attacked the rim with much more frequency, at times using a 5-guard lineup. They’re on an 11-0 run.
11:40, second half — C.J. Wilcox is heading to the line for two shots with UW trailing 64-57. For all the Huskies have done wrong tonight, they’re making their free throws, hitting 20 of their 22 attempts so far. And they’ll shoot two shots for every foul the rest of the way. Attacking the rim will be key down the stretch.
15:40, second half — It’s now 57-48 EWU, though the Huskies are at least trying to run their offense. They’ve aready shot six free throws in the first 4:20 of the half.
Halftime — EWU leads, 48-39, and looks very much like the better team. The Eagles are getting pretty much whatever shot they want — dribble drive, 3-pointers, you name it, and the Huskies are settling for quick, contested jumpers offensively. They’re 1-for-9 from 3-point range, and Wilcox and Blackwell have combined for just nine field-goal attempts. Williams-Goss leads UW with nine points. Harvey has 20 for the Eagles. More patient offense and disciplined defense will be required in the second half to avoid a second consecutive embarrassment at home.
4:46 first half — Huskies cut it to 36-32, thanks to a pair of floaters by Nigel Williams-Goss. He leads UW with nine points. Harvey has 16 for EWU, including four 3-pointers. Dude can shoot.
7:56, first half — The Huskies are within four points at 26-22, but reserve guard Mike Anderson just picked up his third foul on a charge. He’d just converted an and-1 after slicing to the rim past a couple of defenders. UW still allowing EWU to get easy looks off the dribble.
11:50, first half — EWU’s lead is now 19-11. Huskies having a hard time moving the ball and getting it inside to Blackwell. They’re 4-of-12 from the field with four turnovers.
14:27, first half — EWU is out to an early 15-8 lead, thanks in part to a pair of 3-pointers by Tyler Harvey. The Eagles have made six of their first nine shots, and the Huskies really haven’t gotten very many good looks offensively. Mike Anderson and Darin Johnson are checking in.
Greetings from Hec Edmundson Pavilion, where the Washington men’s basketball team will host Eastern Washington in a little less than an hour.
We’ll update this post throughout the game with pertinent information.
For now, here’s our pregame box that published in today’s newspaper:
Eastern Washington (1-0) at Washington (1-1)
5 p.m., Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle
TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 950-AM.
All-time series: Washington leads 11-1.
Statistics for 2013-14 unless otherwise noted
Player Pos Ht PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
Drew Brandon G 6-4 14.0 6.0 6.0 58.3 0.0
Tyler Harvey G 6-4 13.0 3.0 5.0 45.5 0.0
Parker Kelly G 6-4 15.0 2.0 3.0 83.3 1.000
Venky Jois F 6-7 22.0 11.0 5.0 76.9 1.000
Martin Seiferth C 6-10 10.0 3.0 1.0 75.0 66.7
Player Pos Ht PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
Nigel Williams-Goss G 6-3 9.5 3.5 5.5 36.4 50.0
Andrew Andrews G 6-2 15.0 5.0 0.0 37.5 75.0
C.J. Wilcox G 6-5 23.0 5.5 3.0 44.4 84.2
Shawn Kemp F 6-9 6.5 4.5 0.0 54.5 33.3
Perris Blackwell F 6-9 9.0 5.0 1.0 36.4 50.0
Scouting report: If Washington was looking for a break after getting torn apart by UC-Irvine’s big men, well, the Huskies are out of luck. EWU forward Venky Jois is one of the better players in his conference, and attacks the rim both offensively and as a rebounder. He teams with Martin Seiferth to form another sizeable front line. The Eagles got strong scoring performances from their starting guards, too, in their season-opening victory over Pacific of Oregon. The Huskies are a much more formidable opponent, but they’re reeling a bit after an embarrassing loss to UC-Irvine. This is not a team for UW to overlook.