The Huskies simply never found a way to cool the hot-shooting Ducks, who ended up hitting .530 for the game. They connected from the outside, were able to break UW down to get inside, and sometimes did both: working inside and then passing outside for the open shot. Washington shot .448.
After the game, Quincy Pondexter said the Huskies were flat, and Lorenzo Romar said they didn't show their usual "grit." But to me, it just looked like Oregon has become a scary-good team. Granted, they don't usually shoot anywhere near as well as they did today -- and nothing makes a team look better than the ball going in that much -- but they looked like a Pac-10 contender to me.
For starters, Oregon stands 2-0 in Pac-10 play, with both wins on the road. Meanwhile, UW falls to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in the league with a two-game trip to Arizona State and Arizona coming up.
A quick review:
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Star of the game: Oregon point guard Malcolm Armstead led the Ducks with 21 points and also made life far easier on teammates big -- center Michael Dunigan with 20 points -- and small -- guard Tajuan Porter with 16.
Key stats: Oregon hit 35 of 66 shots: 53 percent from the field. UW missed 13 free throws. The Ducks outrebounded the Huskies, 35-31.
Key run: Oregon took its first lead on a 9-0 run in the middle of the first half, fueled by UW turnovers.
UW quotable: "I didn’t think that we had the Husky grit that we needed to have to get this done tonight. I thought maybe that was missing tonight. Their team wasn’t beating us, those two guards were really good tonight. When we get a chance to play them again – which we will – we definitely need to do a better job with those guards." -- Lorenzo Romar
UO quotable: "We have not won up here in a long time. This environment makes it so tough to win games. The student section is so loud and so into the game from the beginning to the end. They have got the best home-court advantage right now in the conference because of their students."
Next: The Huskies get their first Pac-10 road test of the season, visiting the Arizona schools and starting with the Sun Devils at 7:30 p.m. Friday -- yes Friday -- in Tempe.
11:30/2nd Oregon has opened its largest lead of the game, 60-50. The Ducks are hot: .540 shooting. And while they're playing very fast, they've committed only five turnovers.
Halftime: Ducks up, 42-41. Porter and Armstead have 11 each, and UW is having real trouble with Oregon's quickness.
Isaiah Thomas has 13 for UW, including 8-of-8 from the foul line. Pondexter has seven.
Both teams shooting exactly .500 from the field. UW leads on boards, 17-15. Huskies have committed seven turnovers, Ducks five.
3:23/1st: UW controlled most of the first half, but Oregon has put on a recent turnover-fueled run to get ahead, 38-33. Ducks' guards Tajuan Porter and Malcolm Armstead are doing the damage with 11 points each.
Shaw out: Assistant coach Jim Shaw isn't hear today. He is reported suffering with the same kind of stomach illness the kept Scott Suggs home on Thursday.
Suggs is here today, btw, and feeling it from 3-point range.
Lineup: The usual for the Huskies: Thomas, Gaddy, MBA, Pondexter and Gant. Oregon going with Armstead, Porter, Wilson, Singler and Dunigan.
Elsewhere: It looks like it's going to be a really interesting Pac-10 season, as Arizona went into Pauley Pavilion today and beat UCLA. Here are the details from our Pac-10 scoreboard.
ESPN in the house: Well, ESPN the Magazine, at least. They're here taking pictures for a spread on the Dawg Pack, which I'm told will show up in some near-future issue.
90 minutes to tip: Several Ducks out warming up, and two Huskies: Clarence Trent and Darnell Gant.
Trent seems not to be in UW's rotation right now. But that's not to say he won't be. Every time we ask Lorenzo Romar about Trent, we hear very good things about his ability. Romar always implies a real role awaits Trent as soon as the system clicks in for him.
Ducks wearing green today, Huskies gold.
Preview: Here's our preview story from this morning's paper, which deals mostly with styles of play. And the style for today should be uptempo. And that seems to please the Huskies, after seeting enough of Oregon State's 1-3-1 zone on Thursday. That's Washington State's problem today, in Pullman.
Here we have a 2 p.m. tip. The game will be shown on FSN. We'll keep this blog open the whole way, popping in with pregame news, lineups, in-game updates, and postgame notes and quotes.