In their only regular season matchup of the year, it was the Ducks who came away with the blowout win over the Huskies. Washington didn’t have an answer for Tyler Dorsey’s career high 8 3-pointers, as the Ducks overtook them in the second half to deal the Dawgs another home loss, 83-61.
Dorsey finished the game with 28 points, one shy of his career high, while going 9-15 from the floor, including 8-12 from deep, with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Oregon showed their depth by putting up 81 points despite not having big games from either of their senior tandem, Chris Boucher and Dillon Brooks. Fellow senior Jordan Bell finished with a double-double on the night with 10 points and 10 boards, even after he left the game in the first half with an apparent knee injury. Bell would return at the end of the first half apparently good to go.
The Dawgs kept it close initially, at one point holding a 24-21 lead with 6:15 to go, before Oregon fired back with a 21 to 9 point run to end the half with a 42-33 lead. The Huskies made a push to get back into the game at the start of the second half, closing to within 3-points with this dunk by Noah Dickerson, however it was met by a 7-point run by the Ducks who began to pull away. From that point on, the hot shooting of Oregon took over, with the Dawgs never coming closer than within 8 points for the rest of the game.
Per usual, Markelle Fultz led the Dawgs with 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting while going 1-5 from beyond the arc. He finished with a stat line including 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, one block and 4 turnovers on the night. I would show you a couple of pretty sweet Fultz highlights from this evening to take the edge off of the loss to Oregon, but ESPN didn’t deem more than a couple of Husky highlights to be worthy of their limited highlight videos. To make up for it, check out the Pac-12 network highlight reel below, including some Fultz highlights at the 18 second mark and the 1 minute mark, as well as a pretty amazing tip-in by Matisse Thybulle at 1:20 seconds in... you know, incase you don’t want to watch a bunch of Oregon highlights.
Overall, this was another pretty abysmal defensive performance by the Huskies. Noah Dickerson seemed to have an especially poor game defensively, at one point getting benched for an apparent lack of hustle on D. Dickerson finished the game with 8 points, 4 rebounds and an assist in 21 minutes. Aside from Fultz, David Crisp was the only other Husky to finish with double digit points, scoring 14 along with 2 rebounds and 3 assists. As a team, the Huskies shot 41.4% from the field tonight, including hitting on only 4 of their 16 3-pointers.
Here are the promised highlights:
Watch: Highlights from Washington's 83-61 loss to Oregon at Alaska Airlines Arena. pic.twitter.com/4XIzuupuCr— UW Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) January 5, 2017
Next up, the Huskies host Oregon State (4-11) on Saturday at noon.