Lacking a marquee victory this season and desperate for late-season momentum, the Huskies had nothing going Wednesday night, whiffing against the 23rd-ranked Oregon Ducks at home in a 65-52 loss. It is the first time first time since the 1995 the Ducks swept the regular season series with Washington.
“We can’t fall on our face any more,” Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said Tuesday. But fall on their faces they did.
Washington (13-12, 5-7) has dropped seven of its last eight contests. The poor home effort came after a players-only meeting spearheaded by senior guard Abdul Gaddy. Whatever Gaddy said, it didn’t work.
The Huskies shot miserably including missing 11 of 13 three-point attempts and 39 of 60 overall.
In Gaddy’s defense, the senior led all scorers (17 points)m hitting eight of 15 shots along with five assists and two turnovers. He was the only Husky in double figures.
C.J. Wilcox (nine points) was a non-factor, missing 12 of 15 shot attempts. Wilcox was well below his home scoring average of 19.5.
The Ducks (20-5, 9-3) have won two consecutive after dropping three straight to Stanford, California and Colorado. The win gave Oregon a half-game lead for first place in the Pac-12 over Arizona and UCLA – both of whom play Thursday.
More than six minutes into the game, Washington had six points but trailed by a manageable eight. The Huskies temporarily found some rhythm on offense, Gaddy hitting a layup at the 8:52 mark for a 15-14 advantage, the lone lead of the game.
Oregon responded with a 14-5 run to take the lead back for good. The Ducks lead grew to 12 in the middle of the second half before Washington closed the gap to six with less than nine minutes remaining.
The ensuing 10-4 Oregon run sent Washington, any NCAA tourney at-large aspirations, and their fans, home.
Aziz N’Diaye (7 points, 11 rebounds) finished just shy of his fifth straight double-double.