CORVALLIS, ORE. - Washington completed a two-game regular-season sweep of Oregon State on Saturday with an 82-70 win at Gill Coliseum.
The Huskies will try to make it three-for-three at 6 p.m. Thursday when they face the Beavers again in the Pacific-10 Conference tournament at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“We’ve played them twice now: once early, once late,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “They do what they do; we do what we do. I don’t see there being any radical changes on either side.”
Maybe nothing radical. But even as the clock ticked down on Washington’s latest win, Oregon State coach Craig Robinson already was plotting what his team might do differently to avoid a third loss to UW.
“There are adjustments that can be made,” he said. “We hadn’t seen each other in two months. There are some things that I could see just as the game was going on that we can do differently that might help us. I’m sure (Romar) saw the same thing. That’s why playing somebody a third time is always hard.”
The Huskies opened this Pac-10 season Dec. 31 with a 76-70 win over the Beavers. They concluded it Saturday by doubling that margin. Washington’s point total in the first game was the most OSU had given up in league play until the Huskies added a half-dozen points to it Saturday.
“I thought we gelled on both ends as a team,” Romar said. “It was good to see that. Thirty field goals with 18 assists and seven turnovers – it makes us feel pretty good about our effort on the offensive end because we were so concerned with their 1-3-1 trap.”
Four Huskies scored in double figures, led by Matthew Bryan-Amaning who continued his late-season charge with 20 points and 11 rebounds – both game highs.
Isaiah Thomas added 19, including nine in a row in a four-minute burst late in the first half when UW starting building a lead it would never surrender.
Thomas’ barrage had begun after one of his shots was blocked, and the Oregon State student section began a “You got swatted” chant.
Thomas took note, started attacking the basket, and smiled and gestured to the crowd as his point total piled up.
“He’s a gamer,” Romar said.
Quincy Pondexter scored 18 points in his final chance to impress the league’s coaches before the Pac-10 player of the year award is announced Monday.
“I did everything I could possibly do,” Pondexter said. “There were some games I didn’t play that well. That’s basketball. I don’t care if I scored zero points or scored 20, it’s just a matter of if I played basketball the right way. … At the end of the day I don’t care if I’m the Pac-10 player of the year or anything like that. I just want my team to be as successful as possible.”
Oregon State was led by 6-foot-11 Roeland Schaftenaar, who scored 15 points – 13 in the second half.
“We’ll try to make some adjustments and be a little better next time,” he said.
The Beavers finished their regular season 14-16 and 8-10 in the Pac-10, good for the No. 6 seed in the tournament.
The Huskies concluded the regular season at 21-9 overall and 11-7, good for the third seed behind league-champion California and runner-up Arizona State.
Washington also ended its regular season by winning nine of its last 11 games, including its final four road games.
“When you look at our non-conference, you’re literally a free throw (against Texas Tech) away from being 11-1 in non-conference,” Romar said. “We got off to a slow start in conference. Once we got it going – nine of 11 now we’ve won – I think our team’s done a good job of coming back and playing good basketball for an extended period of time. ... I like the direction we’re headed.”
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