Brockman, Huskies rally past Beavers
SEATTLE — Jon Brockman's 12th double-double of the season was in the books shortly after halftime. But it was what Brockman did during crunch time that really mattered for Washington on Saturday.
Brockman factored into every point of a 9-2 run that took Washington from 65-64 down with 3:11 left to 73-67 up with 1:16 to play as the Huskies went on to beat Oregon State, 83-74.
"Throughout the first half, I missed some wide-open shots. Sometimes, it feels like there's a lid on the rim," said Brockman, who finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds for Washington (11-7, 2-3 Pacific-10), and hit 11 of 19 from the field. "I knew if I kept going at them, I would get fouled or get some lay-ins. The whole team did a good job of getting me the ball down low."
Brockman's double-double total leads the Pac-10.
"Down the stretch when we needed a bucket, our guys looked for Jon Brockman and they found him," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "Oregon State is one of those teams where we've had our struggles. And tonight was no different."
Matt Bryan-Amaning and Quincy Pondexter added 12 points apiece for the Huskies, who won their second straight after an 0-3 start in conference play.
Calvin Hampton, who came in averaging just two points per game, led Oregon State (6-12, 0-6) with 16. Marcel Jones and Omari Johnson added 12 points apiece.
With the Beavers up 65-64, Brockman hit Pondexter for a lay-in and a 66-65 Washington lead at the 2:55 mark. Brockman laid one in with 2:12 left for a 68-65 edge.
After Oregon State's Rickey Claitt banked a shot in to make it 68-67, Brockman converted a three-point play at the 1:47 mark for a 71-67 Washington lead. Brockman then stole the ball in backcourt and fed freshman Venoy Overton for a driving lay-in, pushing the Huskies' lead to 73-67 with 1:16 to go.
Oregon State never got closer than four the rest of the way.
The Beavers have lost eight in a row, their last win coming Dec. 19 in a non-conference game against Northern Colorado. But they nearly pulled off the upset on Saturday, building a 63-58 lead with 4:59 left before Washington pulled even, then pulled away.
"We had some turnovers that turned into lay-ups for Washington. With the turnovers, we put ourselves in a tough position, and Brockman made some great plays to get UW some easy stuff," Oregon State coach Jay John said. "Our guys made some plays and keep getting better. It's frustrating for the guys to not get a reward for their efforts. But life's not always fair, either."
Despite some cold shooting to start each half, Washington wound up hitting 48 percent from the field (31 of 64), including 56 percent for the second half (18 of 32). Oregon State shot just 41 percent (27 of 65).