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Basketball: UW, UCLA prevail on opening night

Two good games to get things started . . .

– Washington 73, USC 67, OT: The Huskies (9-3, 1-0) won on the road to open the Pac-10 schedule, getting 18 points apiece from senior Matthew Bryan-Amaning and freshman Terrence Ross, whose total was a career high. Justin Holiday added 12 points for UW, which overcame 17 turnovers by outrebounding the Trojans 40-26. Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 14 points for the Trojans (8-6, 0-1), but his teammates combined to shoot 28 percent.

– UCLA 80, Washington State 71: Down eight points at home at halftime, the Bruins (9-4, 1-0) scored 51 second-half points to pull away from the Cougars (10-3, 0-1). Malcolm Lee and Reeves Nelson each had 21 points for UCLA and point guard Lazeric Jones dished 11 assists. Klay Thompson had 26 points, including 12 for 12 from the FT line, and Faisal Aden had 19 off the bench for WSU.

Thursday’s schedule

– Arizona (11-2) at Oregon (7-5), 7 p.m.: The Wildcats have won four straight in the series, all by double digits.

– Arizona State (7-4) at Oregon State (5-6), 7:30 p.m.: The Sun Devils own a six-game winning streak in the series.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Uh oh

    Wow. That WSU-UCLA game was really good! I was hoping WSU would win, but UCLA had a barrage of long range shots to start the 2nd half and WSU seemed to force some shots to get back into it. It was maybe similar to the Butler game where WSU needs to step up it’s resolve a bit to take charge of the game. Keep working to find good shot opportunities, and work hard to take away the other team’s “O”. Instead, that’s what UCLA did.

    I think it was interesting for me to observe myself being wow’ed by the quality of play by these two teams. After watching lots of “Cal level” play, both teams showed significantly superior shooting and offense. Perspective.

    Both teams are much better than Cal and should kill us in Pac10 play. But… they don’t play the games on paper.

    Impressed with the shooting of Thompson (quick release), Aden (started 7 for 7, “swish”), and the overall floor quickness of Moore. And their inside guys didn’t do a bad job either. At least they were active and making some plays!

    For UCLA, Honeycutt, Lee, and Jones hit some bombs in the 2nd, which was very impressive. Like, make it stop. Smith is huge. And Reeves is just a VERY tough physical force down low. And to think he has 2 more years after this season? Sheesh. It would have been fun to watch him and Leon Powe push on each other! Powe would have won, but still – a good battle.

    If USC pushed UW to OT, then, man USC appears to truly be another good teams. I fear it’s going to be a long season for our Bears. Maybe the Pac10 is split: 5 good teams on top, and 5 bad teams below. Monty will surely have to wait until next season to reach 610, let alone get into the teens. Maybe we can get some W’s in the CBI, which appears to accept sub .500 teams.

    If Monty can win 9 games in League play, I will give him tons of credit. Not to mention that would make us NIT eligible.