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January 20, 2006
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SEATTLE - Washington missed its first 11 shots and finished a season-worst 33 percent from the field. And still they won.
"We don't mind scoring in the 60s as long as we win," Huskies preseason All-America Brandon Roy said. "Eventually, we'll start shooting better."
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 (24-for-72) and Roy struggled with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting.
Even when the Huskies were 0-for-11, though, Roy said the Huskies weren't worried.
"It was real scary because we were missing layups, too," he said. "But it was nothing we got nervous about."
Maybe the Huskies weren't nervous, but they weren't efficient offensively. And the Beavers were in the game until the finish.
Sophomore forward Marcel Jones, who led Oregon State (9-8, 2-4) with 14 points, said he didn't think the Huskies are the No. 10 team in the nation.
"They're good, they're really good," he said. "But I don't know if their ranking is what it's cracked up to be."
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 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.
Washington shot only 26 percent in the first half, but made 41 percent (14-for-34) after the break. The Beavers committed a season-high 28 turnovers.
"The turnovers were a combination of Washington's defense and us," Oregon State coach Jay John said. "You've got to know where the traps, the danger zones are, and we didn't stay out of the traps."
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.
"It was tough for Jamaal," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "Jeffers was in there. He's a 6-11 (Jeffers is listed at 6-9) with long arms."
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. The teams play again in Corvallis on Feb. 18.For more coverage of the Washington Huskies, check out HuskyDigest.com.