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Huskies comeback against Oregon falls just short in 83-77 loss

The Huskies nearly pulled off the upset, but it was not enough as they fell to the Ducks 83-77 in the final minute.

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With 40 seconds left, the Huskies had clawed  their way back from a ten point deficit and found themselves down just two-points. They needed a stop, and looked like they had gotten one after Dillon Brooks a tough step back three and missed it off the back of the rim.

And then  a scenario played out that Huskies fans have seen all season. The Dawgs gave up an offensive rebound and the Huskies came up just short. The Huskies were forced to foul  Tyler Dorsey, who grabbed the rebound,  knocked down both of the free-throws, as did his teammate Elgin Cook shortly thereafter, and the Huskies fell 83-77.

The Huskies simply couldn't keep the Ducks off the offensive glass, as they pulled down 17 offensive rebounds for the game. It wouldn't be much of an overstatement to say that the Ducks grabbed at least one offensive rebound on every offensive possession for the first six minutes of the second half. The Huskies were out-rebounded 46-33 for the game.

THe Huskies do deserve some credit. They got off to a hot start, jumping out to an early 12 point lead. However, the Ducks responded by tearing off a 20-7 run, taking a 39-38 lead into halftime. Coming out of the half, the Ducks were the team playing with more energy, as the Huskies looked a step slow and simply unable to keep the Ducks off the glass.  With a little less than seven minutes remain, the Huskies found themselves down by nine and on the verge of being blown out.

Then Andrew Andrews came alive, scoring 12 straight points, and 15 of the Huskies final 18 points. He did it through an array of three-point jumpers and free-throws. After a Malik Dime layup, the Huskies found themselves down just two points with 1:30 left. That's where the comeback would end however, as Marquese Chriss-€”who finished with 19 points-” missed a thunderous game-tying dunk attempt. They would not score again.

Dejounte Murray finished with 13 point and nine rebounds. For the Ducks, Chris Boucher and Elgin Cook scored 19, while Tyler Dorsey added 17 and Dillon Brooks pitched in 15. Boucher also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Huskies have likely seen their bubble popped with the loss, and will wait to hear where they will play in the NIT on Sunday, after the NCAA tournament at-large bids have been announced. According to Bracket Matrix, the Huskies are currently a three seed.