The Ducks responded to the critics with an 83-61 win over Washington in a building that coach Dana Altman admits his team has had “more than a little trouble” in.
“We just wanted to prove, people say we aren’t a road team and we just wanted to show that we can do it at home and when we’re away,” forward Jordan Bell said.
Much of the attention went to Markelle Fultz before the game and he delivered with 22 points to pace the Dawgs. While his ability to slash was on display, the Ducks were able to limit Fultz to 1-5 from behind the arc which set the tone for the ice cold Huskies.
“He was finishing with contact and all," Bell said of Fultz. "He wasn’t scared to come in there, he’s a really good player,”
Seeing a lot of Fultz defensively was Tyler Dorsey. While being tasked with defending a top-five pick in next year’s NBA draft, the Oregon guard went wild from behind the three-point line. Dorsey put down eight threes as part of his game high 28. Dorsey said it was the best night he had since last February when Dorsey scored 25 against the Beavers.
“It was one of those nights where the basket feels wide and everything felt like it was going to go in and it did tonight,” Dorsey said.
Bell joined Dorsey as the only Oregon players in double figures with 10 points.
The Ducks needed Dorsey to step up as foul trouble kept Dillon Brooks on the bench for long stretches of the game. Brooks finished with eight, attempting only two shots in the second half.
One such stretch came after Brooks left the floor after picking up his third foul with 4:53 remaining in the first half. The Huskies looked to take advantage but rather, Oregon extended its lead to as much as 11 in the final minute of the first half and went into the break with a nine-point lead.
Brooks stayed on the bench to start the second half and meanwhile, Washington scored six straight after the break to cut the lead to three forcing an Oregon timeout.
The Ducks responded immediately to Washington’s run with a 7-0 run of their own to silence a student section which had just gotten into the game for the first time. Following Oregon’s timeout early in the half, Oregon outscored Washington 41-22 over the last 18 minutes of the game.
Oregon limited the Huskies to 25 percent (4-for-16) from three and only 61 points after the Huskies came into the game as one of the best three-point shooting (42.4 percent) and scoring (85.4) teams in the country.
“We really didn’t want them to get going from three,” Altman said. “On any given night, they can beat you with just threes. We wanted to take those away first.”
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