Washington Overtakes Oregon In OT, 95-88
Feb. 11, 2005
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Will Conroy scored 17 points, including a key 3-pointerthat sent the game into overtime, and No. 11 Washington rallied to beat Oregon95-88 on Thursday night.
Nate Robinson had 24 points for Washington, which has won four straightsince a loss at then-No. 11 Arizona. The Huskies (20-3, 10-2 Pacific-10) alsosnapped a three-game losing streak at historic McArthur Court.
Jordan Kent had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Ducks (11-9, 3-8), whohave lost six in a row and appear a long shot for the eight-team conferencetournament.
Washington's 9-0 run midway through the extra period was capped by BrandonRoy's jumper, giving the Huskies a 92-82 lead. Roy finished with 18 points and10 rebounds.
Conroy's 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds left in regulation pulled the Huskiesevent at 79.
His jumper closed the Huskies to 77-74, but Aaron Brooks hit a pair of freethrows with just under a minute left and it appeared the Ducks would pull offthe upset.
After Conroy hit a bank shot, Kent missed a pair of free throws for Oregonand Conroy added his game-tying 3-pointer.
Conroy, who scored 15 of his points in the second half, added seven assists.
The Huskies swept the season series for the first time since 1997-98.
Oregon jumped out to an early 8-0 lead capped by Maarty Leunen's jumper, butthe Huskies quickly made up the deficit and tied it at 16 on Joel Smith's3-pointer.
However, Washington was not able to take the lead and Oregon led 37-33 atthe half.
Brandon Roy, who has been playing off the bench as he continues to recoverfrom knee surgery earlier this season, started in place of Bobby Jones, who hada sore throat.
Roy was the team's second-leading scorer last season, but didn't playagainst the Ducks in the first meeting this seaspon - a 77-56 Huskies' victoryin Seattle.
The Ducks were without center Ian Crosswhite, who was suspended indefinitelyfrom the team on Wednesday for violation of team rules.
Neither coach Ernie Kent or the athletic department would elaborate aboutthe suspension.
Former Oregon star Luke Jackson, a first-round draft pick by the ClevelandCavaliers, was at the game. Jackson is currently recovering from back surgerythat cut short his rookie NBA season.
The game included a disturbing announcement midway through the second half,when officials warned Oregon that it could get a technical foul because a fanwas flashing a laser light at officials. The public address announcement saidthe fan with the laser would be ejected.