Ducks Stopped By Huskies 90-86

At the end of regulation time, both the Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies held a 24-10 record for the 2011-12 season, however by defeating Oregon 90-86 in the third round of the NIT, the Huskies move on to the semi-finals in New York City, and the Ducks season ends.

The game was a tightly contested affair with Oregon holding a four point lead at halftime (46-42) but Washington came on the second half controlling the tempo and at one point held a 10 point lead.

"That was a killer for us," said Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman. "We just really gave into it there. No communication, read certain screens wrong, made too many mistakes."

The game saw 13 lead changes and was tied 10 times. Washington shot 45.2 percent in field goal shooting (28-for-62) including 36.8 percent behind the 3-point line (7-for-19). The Ducks hit 44.9 percent of their field goals on 31-of-69 shooting with 7-for-25 in 3-pointers. The difference maker though was the free throw line where the Huskies hit 27-of-35 free throws to Oregon's 17-of-22.

"They shot their free throws very well in the second half," Altman said of the Huskies effort. "Our guys played hard and battled pretty hard, we just came up a little short. We were pleased with the effort. Defensively, we didn't communicate on some plays and I knew if it got to 90 we were in trouble. We just gave up too many easy baskets."

Terrence Ross led all scoring with 24 points with Tony Wroten adding 22 and C.J. Wilcox chipping in 17.

"They're a talented group," Altman admitted of the Huskies. "(C.J.) Wilcox, (Terrence) Ross, (Tony) Wroten driving the ball to the basket—they're hard to guard."

Oregon was paced by Olu Ashaolu with 20 while E.J. Singler put in 19 points, with Tony Woods adding 15 and Devoe Joseph contributing 12.

Oregon's 24 wins in 2011-12 were the most since the 2006-07 season. The Ducks averaged 89.3 points per game over the last six games of the year and Oregon ended its season with a 14-5 record in games decided by fewer than 10 points and 6-4 in games decided by less than five points.

"I'm not disappointed in the guys," Altman said of his team. "They were easy to work with, they played for each other. They didn't have any problems off the floor. They were a great group of guys and I can't say more than anything about them. We came up close in a few situations, we just didn't have enough."


- It was just the second loss this season when recording fewer turnovers than the opponent (UO 7, UW 8). The Ducks were 14-2 when having fewer turnovers.

- It was just the fourth time this season that UO lost despite scoring 70+ points (17-4 when that occurred). It was just the second time all season the Ducks lost when scoring 80 or more points (3-2 when that occurred). In eight of UO's 10 losses in 2011-12, the opponent scored 70 or more points.

- Olu Ashaolu (20 points) led the team in scoring for just the third time this season. It was the 13th time he reached double-figures and the third time he tallied 20 or more points. Ashaolu scored in double-figures in six out of UO's last nine games.

- Tony Woods established a new career-high with 15 points. His seven made field goals were also a new career best. Woods scored 10+ points in three out of the last four games.

- E.J. Singler (19 points) reached double-figures in scoring for the 28th time (in 34 games). Singler (nine rebounds) also led the team in rebounding for the 12th time in 2011-12.

- Devoe Joseph (12 points) scored 10 or more points in all but one game this season (27 of 28 games in 2011-12).

- Garrett Sim and Devoe Joseph combined to record 11 assists and just two turnovers.

- Sim ended his career at UO having played in a school record 136 consecutive games.

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