Oregon State has been a suffocating defense in Pac-12 play, and today Wayne Tinkel's Beavers repeated what they have done most of conference play, especially when at home. Washington fell to Gary Payton II and his crew 64-50.
Washington struggled offensively early on against Oregon State's mix of man and zone defenses. The first point for Washington came from Shawn Kemp Jr., who hit his second free throw following a questionable-at-best shooting foul. UW struggled to get the ball inside, and when the ball did get near the hoop, Nigel Williams-Goss couldn't hit his floater, and Kemp was repeatedly stripped when attempting to get the ball up on the rim. Williams-Goss did eventually end the Husky field-goal drought, with a three 12 minutes into the game
The rest of the first half went better for the Dawgs, who fought their way back to within three points at the eventual break. The second half didn't go well. Oregon State began the second period on an 18-6 run and Washington was never really able to claw back into the game. Williams-Goss found some scoring, but it came at the cost of six of the team's season-high 22 turnovers.
Andrew Andrews attempted to put the team on his back in the second half. He took the ball strong to the rim and got to the foul line. It was a sound strategy with the referees calling ticky-tack fouls on both teams for a majority of the game. It wasn't going to be enough, with the Huskies trailing by double-digits with only a few minutes remaining.
This game was ugly, really really ugly. Both teams turned the ball over with reckless abandon (not something you want to do with reckless abandon). As mentioned, Washington set a season-high, and Oregon State finished with 16 of its own. There were repeated stretches where the ball never made it close to the rim on either side. If you missed it, you missed cowering behind your couch for fear of scarring your eyes from the lack of attractive features in this game, especially for Husky fans.