Eugene, OR – The Oregon Ducks (16-8, 4-8 Pac-12) face the Washington schools at home this week needing two wins to get back on the NCAA tournament bubble. First up tonight are the Washington Huskies (14-12, 6-7 Pac-12). Washington comes off a home split last weekend with a win over Stanford followed by a 13-point loss to Cal.
The first half was evenly played with Washington going into the break with a 39-36 lead on a Nigel Williams-Goss three-pointer on their last possession of the half. Washington did most of their scoring inside with 6’9″ Perris Blackwell and 6’7″ Desmond Simmons both with ten points. Mike Moser led Oregon with ten points. The Huskies held a +6 rebounding edge including +4 on the offensive boards. C.J. Wilcox, Washington’s leading scorer and second in the Pac-12 at 18.8 per game made his only two points of the half on a lay-up with slightly over a minute left.
Oregon came out strong at the start of the second half, scoring ten straight points capped by a three-pointer by Joseph Young (18 points) to take a 46-39 lead. The Ducks could have taken an eight-point lead but Richard Amardi missed an uncontested dunk in transition. Washington came back to tie it at 60 with 9:11 left with Wilcox hitting his first three-pointer of the night in an 8-2 Husky run. Oregon came right back with Damyean Dotson playing his best game of the season (7-of-8 FG, 17 points) and were leading 73-68 at the under four minute time out. Moser (20 points) made a key three-point play on a baseline drive to put the Ducks up 76-70 at the 1:30 mark. Oregon closed the contest with the 78-71 victory.
Oregon’s perimeter defense has improved significantly over the past few weeks. In their last seven games they have held their opponents to less than 25 percent on three-pointers five times. In this contest the Huskies shot 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from long-range and Wilcox was held to nine points. Oregon won the game despite being out-rebounded 33-21 including 14-5 on the offensive boards.
This was Coach Dana Altman’s 500th career victory and was an important win to give Oregon some momentum heading into the last part of the Pac-12 schedule.