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No. 7 Oregon 84, No. 2 Washington 73

Chamberlain Oguchi erupted out of nowhere for 22 second-half points, lifting Oregon to a come-from-behind win over Washington.

The shocked Huskies are now finished playing until the NCAA tournament next week. This loss likely hurt them in terms of seeding and site location. They'll find out how much on Sunday.

Oregon, meanwhile, advances to play No. 3 seed California at 8:50 p.m. Friday.

It was the first time in seven tournaments that the No. 7 seed has beaten the No. 2.

The 13-point deficit was the largest Oregon has overcome this season.

Oguchi's 22 second-half points were two short of the tournament record for points in a half – Reggie Miller of UCLA had 24 in a 1987 game.

Oguchi's 14 3-point attempts was a tournament record.

Roy became the eighth player and the first Husky to score 30 points in the tournament. Nate Robinson had 29 last season.


UW COACH LORENZO ROMAR:They were physical. They really tried to pound us. Maybe they wore us down. When Oguchi got going in the second half we couldn't keep him in front of us. Something we talk about a lot is don't allow your offense to be the thing that gives you a mindset that creates intensity. Let your defense do that. I think tonight when we weren't as successful in the second half offensively, there was a letdown defensively. And while that was going on Oregon, was very very aggressive. Obviouly, Oguchi got them going. He got them inspired and we weren't able to turn it around.

Romar on the affect of Brooks-Appleby incident: I want to see the film. I want to see how we responded after that act.

BRANDON ROY: I think it was just bad leadership in the second half. The senior have to take this one because we're the only ones who can control it. We didn't have any fight. I don't remember anyone saying, "Let's go." They were the tougher team down the stretch. They played like that had more to play for. It showed because they won the game."

(Coach Ernie Kent) put Ivan Johnson in there and he dominated us in every way. They were just tougher than we were. We got all the scratches and the bumps and the bruises and they walked out of here clearn.

I'm shocked. But I've always said, this team is two teams. One team is really good and the other one is the last place team in the confernce. Tonight we were the good team in the first half and in the second half we were the bad one. The good thing about it is we won enough games to be sure we'll be in the NCAA tournament, and we have to go out there and redeem ourselves.

APPLEBY on his injury: (Brooks) set a screen and when I got to the screen he popped me in the face. ... He did it on purpose. I came right to the screen and right when he saw me he threw the elbow to my face. ... It was tough to get into the flow in the second half. That was the biggest thing.

KENT: Washington is a great team, and they have been a nemesis to us the last couple of years, especially at home. There have been some changes on this team that I know have taken place, and that made tonight's game a great game.

Kent on Brooks: I can't comment on the incident ... but both (Brooks and Appleby) are two really great kids.

Here's the running from earlier:

Just about to tip off ... about 10 minutes late. That gives me a brutal deadline tonight for the paper, but I'll try to click in here with a few score updates, and then add some notes and quotes after the game.

10:00, UW 20-12. Things heating up as Aaron Brooks has been kicked out of the game after throwing what was judged to be an intentional elbow that caught Ryan Appleby in the face. Appleby is in the locker room.

HALFTIME: UW, 41-30. Appleby back on the bench with an icepack -- and six stitches -- on his upper lip.

2ND HALF 15:30: UW, 51-38. Appleby back in. (Dentmon four fouls.)

And that's about where things changed.