Oregon 65, Washington 52By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Thu, Feb 14, 2013 1:30 AM EST
SEATTLE -- Just as quickly as the Oregon Ducks lost their mojo, they seem to have gotten it back. Four days after snapping an unforeseen three-game losing streak with a home win over struggling Utah, the 23rd-ranked Ducks started a different kind of streak with a rare victory at the University of Washington. Oregon had five players in double figures while knocking off the Huskies 65-52 on Wednesday to stay atop the Pac-12 standings and record the Ducks' first sweep of Washington since 1994-95. Oregon (20-5, 9-3) had won just once in their previous 11 trips to Hec Edmundson Pavilion, and Washington holds an all-time advantage of 112-34 in home games against the Ducks. Only five times in the 109-year history of the rivalry has Oregon swept the Huskies. Damyean Dotson had a team-high 13 points for a balanced Oregon team that earned its third consecutive 20-win season and the 14th in school history. The Ducks streaked into Pac-12 play, eventually going on a nine-game win streak before dropping three in a row heading into the Utah game. Oregon made those struggles look like a speed bump Wednesday night, when they led for all but 30 seconds of the win over Washington. The Ducks took a 33-27 halftime lead and never looked back, keeping the Huskies at arm's length for the entire second half. Washington (13-12, 5-7) made a brief run of six unanswered points to get back within striking distance, at 46-40, with 8:30 remaining. Oregon responded to the spurt with a dunk by Tony Woods and Johnathan Loyd's three-pointer off a feed from Woods to regain its double-digit lead, 51-40, with 6:50 remaining. The only moment of concern for the Ducks came with 1:36 remaining, when Loyd went down with an apparent leg injury and had to be helped off the court. Loyd had been logging almost all the minutes at point guard while Dominic Artis is sidelined by a foot injury he suffered on Jan. 23. Cold-shooting Washington wasted a solid offensive performance from point guard Abdul Gaddy (17 points) while losing for the seventh time in eight games. The Huskies already have suffered their highest loss total since 2007-08, when they went 16-17 and finished eighth in the Pac-10 standings. Washington found itself in a deep early hole for the second game in a row, falling behind 12-4 after six-plus minutes. Gaddy gave the Huskies a lift with back-to-back assists and a pull-up jumper during a 6-0 spurt that took just 56 seconds. After Desmond Simmons hit a three-pointer from the wing, Gaddy gave the Huskies their first lead on a breakaway layup, 15-14, with 8:50 remaining in the half. But that was the Huskies' only lead of the half, as Oregon limited Washington to 11-of-29 shooting from the field while getting nine points off the bench from senior Carlos Emery on the way to a 34-27 halftime lead. E.J. Singler scored nine of his 11 points in the first half, not including a three-pointer at the buzzer that was eventually waved off. NOTES: Oregon entered Wednesday's game having lost three of four, while Washington had lost six of seven. ... Huskies leading scorer C.J. Wilcox continues to struggle with his shot; he missed his first six attempts Wednesday and was 3 of 13 overall. He hit 1 of 6 from three-point range and has hit just 4 of 28 dating to the Jan. 31 loss to Arizona. ... Gaddy had just two turnovers to end a streak of five games with four or more. Only twice during the entire 2011-12 season did Gaddy have four or more turnovers in a game.
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