With the season on the edge of falling apart as a result of a four-game skid and 0-3 start in conference play, the Huskies outlasted the Beavers in an ugly clash of undermanned teams.
Less than an hour before tip it was announced that Jernard Jarreau will have arthroscopic knee surgery tomorrow and will miss 4-6 weeks. Darin Johnson was also scratched with a quad strain. Around the same time it became clear that OSU's Victor Robbins would be out as a result of a 10 game suspension.
The losses left two relatively thin squads even thinner, so it was no shock to see an ugly first half of basketball.
Washington fell behind 10-4 early but seized a 19-15 lead at half. The anemic offensive production picked up in the second half, but the Huskies consistently led as a result of easy looks under the basket and open zone-busting threes from Andrews and Anderson down the stretch.
Only a week removed from out-muscling Arizona's impressive front court in an upset victory, Oregon State struggled to handle Upshaw's presence in the paint. The sophomore center scored 12 points, snagged 15 rebounds, and blocked 6 shots.
With his father in attendance, Kemp Jr. chipped in 8. With Jarreau out, both big men played heavy minutes and only seven players checked in all night.
Nigel Williams-Goss scored 8 on 3-8 shooting and dished 7 assists to 3 turnovers. He basically played Gary Payton II to a draw, as the versatile guard scored 4 points, grabbed 8 boards, and blocked 4 shots.
Andrews came in off the bench for the first time all year. Along with Anderson, he hit key shots late in the second half with Oregon State sagging way off and daring the Husky guards to shoot.
After four straight games of questionable defense, Washington held the Beavers to 31% shooting from the field and 25% from three-point range. Despite turning the ball over a characteristic 13 times, UW won the turnover battle by forcing 15.
It was an ugly win that will hardly put to rest the question marks surrounding Washington's offense, but it will certainly do. At 1-3 in conference play, the season still hangs in the balance, but at the very least the streak is broken and Coach Romar's squad has shown a little life.
To check out a more detailed look into tonight's game, look at our more in-depth recap, Digging Deeper.