No. 10 Washington Edges Oregon State at Home, 69-65
Jan. 19, 2006
SEATTLE (AP) - Bobby Jones made two key baskets down the stretch and sank two free throws with 16.5 seconds to go, finishing with 16 points to lead No. 10 Washington to a 69-65 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.
The Huskies (15-2, 4-2 Pac-10) ended a two-game conference losing streak at home after they had a 32-game home winning streak broken. They won their third straight league game.
But it wasn't easy on a night when they didn't shoot well and preseason All-America Brandon Roy struggled with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting.
With the score 62-60 in favor of the Huskies following a layup by Nick DeWitz with 2:44 remaining, Jones put back an offensive rebound 27 seconds later for a four-point lead. Then, with 2 minutes to go, Jones scored on a fastbreak layup to put the Huskies in front 66-60.
But the Beavers (9-8, 2-4) weren't done. Chris Stephens got a layup before Wesley Washington stole the ball from Justin Dentmon at midcourt and drove in for a layup with 1:15 left. He was fouled by Dentmon on the play and made his free throw to cut Washington's lead to 66-65.
After Stephens missed a 17-footer, Washington rebounded and Jones was fouled with 16.5 seconds left. Jones' two free throws gave Washington a 68-65 lead.
Stephens missed another 3-point try and Roy was fouled and sank a free throw with 1.8 seconds left.
Freshman Jon Brockman added 11 points for Washington, while Marcel Jones led the Beavers with 14 points.
Washington shot only 26 percent in the first half, but made 41 percent (14-for-34) after the break. The Beavers committed 28 turnovers.
The Huskies led 28-27 at halftime despite shooting miserably from the field (10-for-38), especially at the start of the game when they missed their first 11 shots from the field and went 3-for-20 in the first 9:58.
But the Beavers, struggling against Washington's pressing man-to-man defense, couldn't capitalize on the Huskies' woeful shooting because they committed 16 turnovers in the first half.
Washington trailed 7-1 and 11-6, but finally caught Oregon State at 17-all on Bobby Jones' fastbreak dunk with 7:54 to go following a steal by Dentmon.
A 3-pointer by Ryan Appleby with 1:39 left and a layup by Brockman after a pass from Roy with 43.8 seconds on the clock gave Washington its one-point halftime advantage.
Jamaal Williams, Washington's No. 2 scorer with an average of 14.9 points coming into the game, was scoreless in the first half on 0-for-8 shooting. He was blocked three times by center Kyle Jeffers. Williams wound up with four points on 2-for-12 shooting.
The Huskies and the Beavers split their two games last season, with Washington winning 108-68 in Seattle in January and Oregon State posting a 90-73 win in Corvallis in February.