OSU v. UW
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The Beavers held on with all their might to beat Washington State on Wednesday night, and it's that kind of resolve that will lift them over a frenetic yet aggressive Huskies squad today.
UW looked disheveled at times, desperate at others against the Ducks on Wednesday, but their toughness, not to mention hostile student fan base, will make it a challenging day for the Beavers.
Falling in the past seven of eight conference games, this Huskies team is tired of losing.
"Right now, this is a mental situation for us," Coach Lorenzo Romar said after the Oregon loss. "Somehow, without experiencing a lot of success, we've got to find some confidence. We've got to regain our swagger as a team."
As for the Beavers? They're slowing getting their own swagger back.
Sophomore Challe Barton in the starting lineup.
In the past four games, he's taken some off the pressure off Ahmad Starks and Roberto Nelson, setting up shooting opportunities for the junior guards. And this past week, he's actually started to make shots himself. He had a careeer high eleven points against the Cougars and has helped the Beavers average 72.5 points in the past two weeks.
What are the Beavers doing right?
Here are some encouraging stats (OSUBeavers.com):
First in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage (.373)
Second in assists (15.3)
Third in scoring (73.7) and field goal percentage (.457) .
The Beavers are 8-1 this season when Eric Moreland has a double-double. Ahmad Starks needs two three-pointers to become the career leader at Oregon State. Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 in scoring in conference games at 18.5 points per game; he averaged 8.9 in conference games last season.
Huskies to Watch
(gohuskies.com) Aziz N'Diaye currently leads the Pac-12 shooting .616 from the field. He has grabbed 10+ rebounds in five-straight games, averaging 12.4 rebounds during that stretch. He had a streak of four-consecutive double-doubles snapped on Wednesday but still leads the Pac-12 with 11.
Abdul Gaddy is averaging 13.9 ppg, 5.0 apg in the last 7 games after 6.8 ppg, 3.3 apg in the previous 6. He is is 4th all-time in UW history for career assists (412) and is the fifth Husky with 400. He is nearing Isaiah Thomas (415) for third all-time.
C.J. Wilcox ranks 28th all-time in UW history with 1,156 points.
But Wilcox has been held under double-figure scoring in back-to-back games for the first time this season at USC followed by vs. Oregon. In the last 6 games he is averaging 11.2 ppg (19.2 ppg in the previous 19 games.)
The Last Game Vs. UW
(AP) - Devon Collier led Oregon St. (11-8, 1-5 Pac-12), which started the season 9-2, with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Eric Moreland added 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Beavers, who had their highest-scoring game in conference play to earn their first Pac-12 victory. C.J. Wilcox had 23 points and seven rebounds and Aziz N'Diaye added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Washington (12-7, 4-2), which lost its second straight game. Washington chipped away at a 10-point halftime deficit early in the second half. The Huskies closed within 41-35 as Wilcox closed out a 6-0 run with a shot from outside. A Wilcox 3-pointer later made it 49-45 Oregon State. Wilcox hit another from 3-point range with 12:16 left that got Washington within 53-52. Oregon State later scored five straight points, with Ahmad Starks' 3-pointer and Collier's two free throws making it 66-57 with 5:11 remaining. Washington got no closer than six from there, and the Beavers led by as many as 10 in the closing minutes.