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Washington uses strong second half to propel past Oregon 85-77

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Washington used hot shooting in the second half to come away with an 85-77 victory.

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Basketball is a game of runs, and this game epitomized that. Washington began the game with a 14-6 lead sparked by defense and getting the ball inside. Oregon immediately responded with a 17-2 run fueled by shots from behind the arc, ultimately culminating in six consecutive made triples (6-12 for the first half).

The leading scorer in the Pac-12, Joseph Young, only scored five points for the Ducks in that first half, but it didn't matter. The Oregon offense wasn't going to be stopped. The made threes combined with poor transition defense from the Huskies to give the Ducks a 42-32 lead at the break, with 10 points coming from  dunks to go along with the six made triples.

The second half was a different story. Washington came out of the break on fire from deep (right after Lucas wrote about the lack of outside shooting, give him credit where credit is due). The Dawgs were 6-9 on three point attempts in after half with Donaven Dorsey, Andrew Andrews and Mike Anderson combining to go 4-4 (with Dorsey going 3-3 for the game).

Washington began the game on a tear, and repeated the feat with a 25-10 run to open the final period. Andrew Andrews was the key to the better play in the second half, and finished as Washington's leading scorer with 21 points. Williams-Goss was close behind with 20, and Dillon Brooks led the Ducks with 16. Young was held to three points in the second half.Washington used hot shooting in the second half to come away with an 85-77 victory.

Stay tuned for Digging Deeper from Lucas