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Updated: Sunday, January 16, 2005 2:00 AM EST
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(14) Washington 108, Oregon St 68

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Oregon State was embarrassed by Washington, but it may have much greater concerns.

Coach Jay John left the game at halftime due to chest pains and shortness of breath and was removed from the Bank of America Arena on a stretcher in Oregon State's 108-68 loss to No. 14 Washington, which moved into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 Conference.

John was examined by paramedics at the half and taken to the University of Washington Medical Center. He is in stable condition and will undergo further tests.

"Of course, coming out in the second half as we were trying to fight, you can't help think of our head coach Jay John and his health," said assistant coach Brian Loyd, who took over the coaching duties for the second half. "I know it was hard to focus in the second half."

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar did not tell his team about John's condition until after the game.

"They weren't aware until afterwards," Romar said. "It makes it a little difficult to coach after something like that. I understand that he is OK and that is great news."

As for the game, Jamaal Williams scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half, including six in a 24-0 run that gave the Huskies (15-2, 5-1 Pac-10) a 46-22 advantage with 1:38 left in the half.

"In terms of intensity, that has been his best effort this year," Romar said. "I think that is what we probably were most proud about Jamaal's performance tonight.

Tre Simmons hit one of his six 3-pointers at the buzzer to make it 51-26 after 20 minutes.

Simmons added 17 of his 26 in the second half as Washington - the conference's top scoring offense - reached triple digits for the fourth time this season.

"There wasn't a whole lot we can say other than to praise our guys," Romar said. "Once we got going we played with a lot of energy and intensity. I just thought that it was a very good performance overall by our team."

Nick DeWitz scored 17 points and J.S. Nash contributed 12 for Oregon State (10-6, 2-3), which has lost three straight after opening conference play with two wins.

"We've got to give a lot of credit to the Washington Huskies tonight," Loyd said. "We gave it our best shot."

For the Beavers, though, all their thoughts were on their coach.

"It sounds like he is stable, so it could have been some shortness of breath or some dizziness," Loyd said. "We just hope and pray that he is OK." Washington's win combined with UCLA's loss to Arizona earlier Saturday allowed the Huskies to move into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.


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