2016 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament: No. 8 Oregon holds off Washington 83-77
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Boucher had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 8 Oregon withstood a late flurry to hold off Washington 83-77 in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals Thursday.
Top-seeded Oregon (26-6) built an 11-point lead midway through the second half, but Andrew Andrews brought the Huskies back with a quick scoring flurry. The senior guard scored 10 of his 19 points during the run, helping eighth-seeded Washington (18-14) pull within two late.
The Ducks held, though, hitting four free throws in the final 33 seconds to earn a spot in Friday night's semifinals against No. 15 Arizona or Colorado.
Elgin Cook scored 19 points, Tyler Dorsey 17 and Dillon Brooks added 15 for the Ducks.
Marques Chriss scored 19 points for the Huskies.
The Ducks closed the regular season strong, winning their final five games for their first conference title since 2002. One of those finishing wins was against Washington on Feb. 28, when Cook scored 26 points in the 86-73 victory.
The Huskies put a dent in their NCAA Tournament hopes by limping to the finish, but kept a glimmer of hope alive with a rout over Stanford in the tournament's opening round.
Washington got off to fast start against the Cardinal and kept rolling against Oregon, hitting 10 of its first 13 shots — four of those 3s — to go up 26-14.
Oregon was ragged early, forcing shots and passes in traffic, riling coach Dana Altman with numerous defensive breakdowns.
The Ducks settled down and started flying, harassing the Huskies into difficult shots, scoring in transition after turnovers and misses during an 11-0 run that helped them take a 39-38 halftime lead.
But after all the 3-pointers and soaring dunks, the second half turned into a defensive wrestling match, with bodies hitting the floor nearly every trip.
The Ducks gained a little separation midway through, when Dorsey hit a 3 and Dwayne Benjamin scored on a three-point play to put Oregon up 64-54.
Andrews brought the Huskies back. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and turned a steal into a pair of free throws that cut Oregon's lead to 71-69 with 5 minutes left.
Washington kept the Ducks within reach from there, but never could catch them.
Oregon's Boucher became the first player in Pac-12 history with 100 blocked shots and 30 3-pointers in a season. Oregon will face No. 15 Arizona or Colorado in the semifinals Friday night.
Washington will have to sweat out Selection Sunday to find out if it will get an NCAA Tournament invite.
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