No. 14 Washington Dunks Oregon Ducks, 77-56
Jan. 14, 2005
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
Simmons added a career-high 12 rebounds, and Jones, usually Washington'sdefensive stopper, was 2-of-3 from 3-point range to help the Huskies (14-2, 4-1Pac-10) win their 16th straight at home.
Freshman Bryce Taylor scored 16 points, and another freshman, Maarty Leunen,had a career-high 10 rebounds for Oregon (10-3, 2-2), which sustained its worstloss of the season. The Ducks have lost two of their last three after afive-game winning streak.
The Ducks trailed 40-29 at halftime but quickly trimmed it to 40-36 on abasket by Malik Hairston, a 3-pointer by Aaron Brooks and a tip-in by Taylor.But Jones answered for Washington, banking in a 3-pointer to begin a 9-2 burst.
The Huskies kept rolling after a timeout, with Jones hitting another3-pointer before his play of the night. He made a steal in the backcourt, thenspun past Oregon's Maarty Leunen in the paint, drawing a foul.
Jones finished the three-point play, and Washington led 55-38 with 15:24 togo.
The advantage was comfortably in double figures the rest of the way. FormerDucks standout Luke Ridnour, now with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, watchedelbow-on-chin from behind the Oregon bench.
Oregon's Aaron Brooks, a standout at Franklin High School in Seattle, hadnine points and four assists in his first game against Washington. He missedboth games as a freshman last season because of a broken bone in his righthand.
Brooks fouled out after giving Jones a forearm to the face with 8:55remaining. Over his previous five games, he had averaged 24.8 points, with acareer-high 34 points in a Dec. 31 win over USC.
The Ducks came in leading the Pac-10 in shooting percentage at just over 50percent but shot a season-low 37 percent this time. Oregon also committed aseason-high 22 turnovers.
The Huskies were eager to make up for last weekend's loss at UCLA, wherethey blew a 21-point first-half lead and saw their nine-game winning streaksnapped.
The looked hungry Washington overwhelmed Oregon through the first eightminutes with punch after punch of points off turnovers. The Ducks had nine oftheir 13 first-half turnovers in the first 7 minutes.
Oregon trailed 25-5 midway through the first half when coach Ernie Kent wentinto a zone defense. It slowed Washington enough to help the Ducks cut it to32-24 after two long 3-pointers by Bryce Taylor during a 9-2 run.