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This was one the Huskies believed they needed, and they got it.
How did it look?
And meanwhile, some stats notes and thoughts:
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Star of the game: UW guard Justin Dentmon returned to the starting lineup after a five-game absence. He responded with a game- and career-high 24 points and hustled his way to six rebounds. He was inconsistent with the ball – seven assists and six turnovers – but coach Lorenzo Romar seemed pleased, and Dentmon vowed to remain a starter for the rest of his career.
Key stats: Washington it 54.7 percent from the field, and Oregon shot 52.5 percent. … Washington dominated the boards, 33-22. The Ducks' rebound total was their lowest of the season. … Oregon had 18 turnovers, UW 11. … The five Oregon starters all scored in double figures.
Key run: The game was tied at 63 when UW coach Lorenzo Romar picked up his first technical foul of the season. From there, UW outscored the Ducks, 26-14. Romar said he didn't get the technical intentionally, but didn't seem displeased with the result.
Observations: This was UW's first win over a Top 10 opponent since beating No. 6 Gonzaga last season. … The 89 points were the most the Huskies have scored in Pac-10 play. … It was UW's sixth straight win over Oregon in Seattle. … This was Oregon's first conference game decided by more than eight points. …. After the disastrous loss at Washington State last weekend, UW captain Jon Brockman had challenged the fans not to desert the team while it seemed down. The crowd responded to that challenge. The game was sold out. The Dawg Pack student section was in rivalry game form, especially with nemesis coach Ernie Kent on the Oregon bench. And they loudly greeted every good UW play – sometimes twice, thanks to the new replay board in use for the first time at a UW men's game.
Quotable: "Well, you do miss him, and he is our leader, and we know that. But at the same time, he has nothing to do with not blocking out Brockman and not blocking out Spencer on the boards." ¬– Oregon coach Ernie Kent on the absence of Brooks.
Next: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oregon State, Edmundson Pavilion.