(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks forward Elgin Cook (23) shoots the ball as Washington Huskies forward Noah Dickerson (15) defends at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Elgin Cook tied his career high on senior night, and left the court for the final time after scoring 26 points to lead all scorers. In all the Ducks had five players score in double-figures with Dillon Brooks adding 19, Jordan Bell and Casey Benson with 12 each and Chris Boucher finishing with 10 points.
“It’s amazing,” observed Cook.” We had a great run, and it wouldn’t be possible without my teammates and without the fans. We just wanted to finish off strong. We just want to take our home mentality and go on the road with it.”
Oregon led nearly the entire game but the feisty Huskies, led by Andrew Andrews’ 21 points, kept the game competitive even up until the last minute. Andrews was aided in the Washington cause by Dejounte Murray with 20 and Matisse Thybulle’s 13.
“Oregon is a very good basketball team,” Washington’s Lorenzo Romarr.” I thought our guys fought. I thought we went out and gave a great effort. We couldn’t get over the hump. They’re a good team. They’re long, and they pressure you the entire time. Although there were a couple of turnovers that cost us, we still only turned the ball over 11 times. We just weren’t able to get over the hump. Elgin Cook in his last game (at Matthew Knight Arena) was very good. Dillon Brooks did a phenomenal job. They got the win, so give them a lot of credit.”
Oregon 52 percent on 29-of-54 in shooting, including 2-of-10 in 3-point scoring and was 26-for-35 from the free throw line.
Washington shot 39 percent from the field (24-of-61) but hit nine 3-pointers to keep the game close. The Huskies were 16-of-20 in free throws.
Oregon out rebound Washington 40-26 and blocked four shots the Huskies sole block.
“Our rebounding, and them only shooting 39 percent were the two stats that were really important to us,” said Oregon’s Dana Altman of the game.
The Ducks increased their lead in the Pac-12 race by a full game over Utah and go on the road next week to Las Angeles to take on UCLA on Wednesday and then USC in the season finale on Saturday.