No. 10 Washington Tops Oregon, 78-59
Jan. 21, 2006
It was only the fifth time in 18 games the seniors were the top three scorers for Washington (16-2, 5-2 Pac-10), which also starts two freshmen.
The Huskies, who moved into a tie with UCLA for the top spot in the Pac-10, have won four straight conference games since stunning, consecutive losses at home to Arizona and Washington State. And the national scoring leaders, averaging 87.3 points per game coming in, finally cracked 70 for the first time in three games.
Malik Hairston scored 17 points and reserve Brandon Lincoln added 12 for Oregon, which lost for the 13th time in 14 games against ranked teams - one week after it upset then-No. 24 Arizona at home. The Ducks (10-9, 4-3) also saw their three-game winning streak end.
The Huskies, who missed their first 11 shots in a win over Oregon State on Thursday, made their first three attempts against the Ducks but fell behind 20-16 midway through the first half.
Williams then made three straight jump shots to spark a 21-4 run that lasted until the final seconds before halftime. When he left the game halfway through the run, coach Lorenzo Romar excitedly slapped him on the backside and patted his back and head for his effort.
Jones had two 3-pointers and Roy added one to finish the spurt and vault Washington into a 37-24 lead. The Huskies finished the first half 16-for-32 from the field.
Within the first 2 1/2 minutes after halftime, Jones followed a layup with a 3-pointer. That put the Ducks in a 48-31 hole. The lead then grew to 55-35 on a 3-point shot by reserve Brandon Burmeister. And when deep shooter Ryan Appleby made his first 3-pointer in five tries with 10:46 to go, Washington was cruising at 60-39.
Oregon did rally to within 66-55 with 6 1/2 minutes left after five straight points from Bryce Taylor. But the Ducks then missed a free throw and committed a shot-clock violation on successive possessions.
The Huskies scored the next eight points to seal their fourth straight win over Oregon.