The Huskies' 103-84 win gives then a games and a half lead in the Pac-10 race over UCLA, Arizona State and California.
Here's my game story.
Four Huskies scored over 20 points, led by Isaiah Thomas' 24. Tajuan Porter caught fire against indifferent defense in the second half and ended with a game-high 33.
Coach Lorenzo Romar wasn't happy that the Huskies gave up 59 points in a second half that played out with all the defensive intensity of an NBA All-Star game.
However, the team seemed relieved to get past this game without becoming the first Pac-10 team to lose to these dreadful Ducks.
And they seem excited about the Pac-10 title-run challenges dead ahead, starting with their visit to UCLA on Thursday.
Star of the game: Freshman Isaiah Thomas of Tacoma led the Huskies with 24 points, hitting seven of nine shots from the field. He also had a game-high four steals and matched Jon Brockman with a game-high four assists. He even recorded the second blocked shot of his college career.
Key stats: The Huskies had their highest scoring output of the season. They shot 52.5 percent from the field. UW outrebounded Oregon, 45-30.
Key run: Washington scored the first eight points of the game and played most of the first half with approximately twice as many points as the Ducks, culminating with a 49-25 halftime lead.
Observations: These were the most points scored by the Huskies since scoring 105 in December of 2006 against Portland State. … The Washington sports information office could locate a previous game when four Huskies had scored 20 points. However, three Huskies – Quincy Pondexter, Justin Dentmon and Matthew Bryan-Amaning did it last season against Portland State. … Tajuan Porter scored 33 points just two days after the entire Oregon team was held to 38 at Washington State. … Among those in the sellout crowd were former Husky Bobby Jones and former Sonics coach P.J. Carlisimo.
Quotable: "It feels good that we weren't the team that they beat. … I know they're just hungry for a win, and I'm thinking they're still going to get a win." – Dentmon, on Oregon's so-far winless Pac-10 season.
Next: No. 11 UCLA, 8 p.m. Thursday, Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles; FSN.
Final: UW, 103-84.
Halftime: UW, 49-25. The Huskies jumped to a quick 8-0 lead and have held control the whole way ... roughly outscoring the Ducks 2-1 most of the first half.
Justin Dentmon has 14 for the Huskies, and Isaiah Thomas 10. Michael Dunigam has 10 for Oregon.
UW hitting 55 percent from the field, Oregon 35 percent.
Final from Tucson: Arizona 84, UCLA 72.
Tipoff: Huskies going with the usual starters: Brockman, Dentmon, Pondexter, Gant and Thomas.
Out of town scoreboard: The Huskies appear likely to tip off today with a full game lead -- including one game in the loss column -- over UCLA, which is getting mauled at Arizona today. As I write this, the Wildcats are up 23 with 11 minutes left.
If you want to check in, that game is on CBS.
Pregame: Pulling into the Hec Ed parking lot, I drove past signs pointing out that this game already is sold out. Which might be an advantage for some of you, judging by the south-bound traffic congestion from the three lanes closed due to construction on I-5.
In any case, the game is on FSN (and available in HD -- the better to check out the Ducks black uniforms). Tipoff is noon.
Normal gameday blogging is planned: Pregame news as it develops, in-game updates, and postgame notes and quotes.