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Dawgs fall to Ducks in Eugene

A failure to execute on their last offensive play sends the Huskies to 3-7 in the Pac 12 and their 4th straight loss.

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The University of Washington Huskies fell to the Oregon Ducks 78-74 on Wednesday night in Eugene leaving the Dawgs at 3-7 in the Pac 12 Conference.  They have now lost 4 in a row and 8 out of its last 11 after going 11-0 to start the season.

With 16.9 seconds left in the game down 2, the Dawgs failed to convert on its last possession of the game when Nigel Williams-Goss failed to see Shawn Kemp as he cleared his defender on a pick and roll with Williams-Goss and stood alone near the basket.  Instead, Williams-Goss could not adapt to the broken play and passed the ball off to Mike Anderson who promptly turned the ball over in an attempt to give the ball back to Williams-Goss.

Still, the Huskies had a chance when, with 4.6 seconds left, it appeared that Donaven Dorsey had intercepted an Oregon pass.  But, the freshman failed to secure the ball as it went through his hands.  Down 2 with just 0.7 seconds left, the Huskies fouled.  But, instead of what typically happens in these situations for the Huskies, the Ducks hit two free throws to foreclose any chance of a last second miracle.

Joseph Young led the Ducks with a career high 32 points.  Elgin Cook added 16 and was the only other Duck to hit double figures in points.  The Ducks shot 53.4% from the field, made 6 threes and were perfect (10-10) from the line.

The Dawgs were led by the 19 points of Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews with 14.  Darin Johnson had a good night making 4 of 7 from the field and finishing with 11 points.  The Dawgs shot a better percentage from the field, 56.6% and controlled the paint where they made most of their shots.  There were flashes of the good Dawgs as they started the second half down 42-37 but proceeded to go on an 8-0 run.

A telling stat.  The Huskies had 0 blocks and were outrebounded by the Ducks reflecting the loss of Robert Upshaw.

The Dawgs now need salvage the road trip with a win Sunday afternoon game against OSU.