FROM CORVALLIS — As always, our postgame tale of the tape, this time after Washington’s first road victory since Jan. 2.
PLAYER OF THE GAME — Hard to choose between C.J. Wilcox (23 points on 10-for-16 shooting) and Nigel Williams-Goss (14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 10 assists), but the slight nod goes to the freshman. Without Williams-Goss in the first 10 or so minutes, the Huskies might have trailed by more than six points, and this might have been a different game. But Williams-Goss was steady throughout, and proved (again) that he should be seriously considered as a Pac-12 Freshman of the Year candidate.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — Washington led by 11 points at halftime, and when the Huskies immediately extended their lead to 16 in the opening minutes of the second half, it didn’t feel like the Beavers had enough in them to make a real run at a comeback.
STAT OF THE GAME — Washington outrebounded OSU by 20 (43-23), and UW’s starting lineup was ultra-efficient offensively, combining to shoot 32-for-53 (60.3 percent) from the field.
QUOTABLE — “I love Aaron Gordon and I know his team (Arizona) is right there near the top, but I don’t think there’s any freshman in our league that’s as valuable to (his) team as Nigel is.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar
WHAT IT MEANS — The Huskies can, in fact, win on the road. Or at least they could Saturday. Romar has said he believed UW’s inability to play well away from home was, primarily, a mental issue. It’s too late now to make up for the seven consecutive road games they lost, but maybe this will serve as a harbinger of a strong finish to the season.
NEXT UP — Washington State at Washington, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Pac-12 Networks
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