No. 24 Husky Basketball Races Past Ducks

Feb. 14, 2009

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SEATTLE (AP) - Guards Justin Dentmon and Isaiah Thomas combined for 45 points, Jon Brockman added 21 points and 18 rebounds and Washington used a nearly flawless first half to stay on top of Pac-10 Conference standings with a 103-84 win over Oregon on Saturday.

Dentmon continued his stellar play during the conference slate with 14 of his 21 points in the first half, while Thomas scored 24 for Washington (19-6, 10-3 Pac-10), which will head to Los Angeles next week with a 1½-game lead in the conference race.

Meanwhile the listless first half played by the Ducks (6-19, 0-13) is likely to increase the heat on coach Ernie Kent. Two days after being routed by Washington State in a 29-point setback, the Ducks trailed by nearly that much at halftime on Saturday.

Tajuan Porter led Oregon with a season-high 33 points, 27 in the second half.

Quincy Pondexter added 20 points for Washington, which won its eighth straight over the Ducks in Seattle. The 103 points were a season-high for the Huskies.

Washington scored the first eight points of the game, then put together three more spurts of seven unanswered points to build a 24-point halftime lead. It was the Huskies' best offensive first half of the season, and the 49-25 advantage at the break was their biggest halftime lead.

Dentmon again was the catalyst for the Huskies, with 14 points in the first half. Already hitting 50 percent of his 3-point attempts in conference play, Dentmon followed up on his career-high-tying seven 3-pointers against Oregon State by knocking down another two in the first half against the Ducks. He also added a little flair to his game, throwing down a one-handed breakaway dunk late in the first half, then added a leaning runner in the closing seconds of the half.

Dentmon's backcourt mate, Thomas, did his usual damage with nifty drives through the Ducks' defense ,and his ability to hang in the air and finish in traffic around the basket. Thomas didn't attempt a 3-pointer, but continually drew chances for three-point plays on his drives to the rim.

But Washington coach Lorenzo Romar will have evidence to help keep his players focused heading into Thursday's showdown at UCLA. The Huskies were sloppy on offense and uninterested on defense in the second half as the Ducks trimmed their lead from 25 points to 14.

After making just 2 of 10 shots in the first half, Porter found his stroke, knocking down six 3-pointers in the second half as Oregon charged back to within 14 on Garrett Sim's 3 with 5:48 left.

The Huskies kept the Ducks at a distance thanks to the second-half performances of Brockman and Pondexter. Brockman had 16 points and 13 rebounds in the second half and Pondexter added 12 points. Brockman also hit 9 of 10 free-throw attemptsas Washington finished 36 of 46 at the line.

LeKendric Longmire added 16 points and Michael Dunigan scored 14 for the Ducks.

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