Date: January 6, 2011
Venue: Hec Edmundson Pavilion
After early trouble handling Oregon’s varied defenses, No. 23-ranked Washington pulled away in the final 12 minutes to score an 87-69 victory over the Oregon Ducks at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Terrence Ross came off the bench to score 25 points and Isaiah Thomas had a strong all-around game with 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds. The win, Washington’s fifth in a row, kept the Huskies undefeated at home and in the Pac-10 (3-0) this season.
Star Of The Game
- Terrence Ross: The true freshman from Portland made 11 of 18 field goals, added four steals, four rebounds and two blocked shots. His 25 points topped his previous high of 18 points, set against USC on Dec. 29, 2010. When Ross hit a 3-pointer with 6:48 left, it finally broke the spirit of the Ducks (7-8, 0-3). That gave the Huskies a 67-59 lead, and began a 20-4 run.
Play of the game
- Late in the second half, UW guard Isaiah Thomas spotted Terrence Ross moving along the baseline and fed him a perfect alley-oop pass that resulted in a dunk.
- Terrence Ross Had a career-high 25 points on 11-for-18 shotmaking and added four rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 27 minutes off the bench.
- Isaiah Thomas Scored 20 points, added 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals; his dunk with 1:38 left to play was the first of his UW career.
- Scott Suggs In 28 minutes off the bench, tallied 13 points while hitting 3 of 5 3-point shots.
- Matthew Bryan-Amaning Hit 6 of 12 shots and scored 13 points while adding eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
- Washington improved to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in Pac-10 Conference play.
- Washington opened Pac-10 play with a 3-0 record for the first time since the 2005 season.
- From the 12:28 mark of the second half until 3:34 remained, Washington held Oregon to just 6 points.
- The Huskies attempted only 10 foul shots, making 5 (.500).
- The Huskies made 5 of their first 6 shots, then connected on only 12 of their final 32 before halftime, allowing Oregon back in the game.
- With starting point guard Abdul Gaddy out for the year with a torn ACL, senior Venoy Overton started in his spot. Overton played 20 minutes and scored 3 points.
- Justin Holiday Played 26 minutes and scored seven points with three rebounds and two assists.
- Aziz NDiaye Played 19 minutes with 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
- Darnell Gant Played 14 minutes off the bench and scored 4 points with 1 assist and 4 rebounds, 3 off the offensive glass.
- C.J. Wilcox Saw only 4 minutes of action (suffering from a staph infection in his hip), missed the two shots he took and grabbed on rebound.
- “I’m just settling down and getting used to it, and not thinking so much.” Terrence Ross, Washington guard
- “I’ve been so scared to miss.” — Isaiah Thomas, Washington guard, on why it took until midway through his junior year for him to get an in-game dunk. Thomas knows a miss would instantly land even him on the bench.
- “Terrence looked at me and said, ‘Throw it up.’ So, I threw it up. I thought I threw it too high at first, but he went and got it.” — Isaiah Thomas, Washington guard, on his alley-oop to teammate Terrence Ross
- “Early, we just settled too much for the 3 and sometimes we shot so quick, we couldn’t rebound the basketball.” — Lorenzo Romar, Huskies head coach
- Oregon’s Joevan Catron, who finished with 20 points, made things interesting by starting the second half with 11 straight points and helping Oregon take its first lead at 42-41. But after Johnathan Loyd’s 3-pointer gave Oregon a 47-46 lead with 16:40 left, the Ducks never led again. Oregon went nearly 9 minutes of the second half with just one field goal.
- Washington’s largest lead was 21 points, Oregon’s four points.
Love it. Nice reporting.
Kieth Price and the Huskies will fare only as well as our offensive and defensive lines play. Our only hope for victory outside of a bunch of favorable turnovers is to dominate time of possession and score! Price needs time against a stout Stanford D-line, but yes he could conceivably slice and dice. Ta’amu and company must excel beyond merely competing with what’s a virtual NFL O-line, they must approach dominance. This is a test for the Husky interior lines, not the skill players. We’ll see just how far we’ve come.
This one and all our games are about the defense- we know what the offense can do.
Raise your hand if you think the Heisman is the most biased, overrated and inconsequential trophy awarded in college football. The whole process reminds me of the academy awards where the studios actively campaign behind the scenes and in the press for their own movies and artists to win Oscars. With the Heisman, it’s the universities that get down and dirty, campaigning for their star athletes. Remember how silly the UW looked last year, promoting a not ready for prime time Jake Locker?
Do we really want the Husky Athletic Department getting involved in that tacky mess again? Please, just ignore the ‘hype man trophy’ and let Price do his thing unfettered.