Ducks Drown By The Lake

Playing against a school that most experts picked to be a bottom feeder in the PAC-10, the #21 Oregon Ducks failed to live up to expectations by falling to the Washington Huskies 97-92 in front of 7,009 fans in Seattle.

The Huskies were led by sophomore forward Doug Wrenn who scored a career high 32 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Dawgs were Curtis Allen with 18, C.J. Massingale and Grant Leep both scored 11 on the night.

Freddie Jones led the Ducks with 27 points in 39 minutes. Returning back to his native state, guard Luke Ridnour scored 23 and dished seven assists. Forwards Luke Jackson and Brian Helquist added 18 and 10 respectively. Robert Johnson also grabbed 11 boards for the Ducks.

Washington started the first half out hot, while Oregon was cold. "We added fuel to the fire by missing shots early in the ballgame," Oregon head coach Ernie Kent told OSN after the game.

Oregon fought back in the second half, tying the game at 59 with 17:20 to go in the game, the first tie since the score was knotted at 11. The Ducks then took the lead on a Freddie Jones free throw, Oregon's first lead since 2-0.

Junior Husky guard Josh Bernard scored his two biggest points with 2:40 to go in the game on a runner to put Washington up 82-81, a lead they would not relinquish.

The game then turned to the free throw line where Curtis Allen was 12-12 on the night, making six huge free throws down the stretch. Oregon was never able to cut the Washington lead to less than three as Washington refused to miss free throws. "Washington did come through and they hit some clutch free throws. That came from them jumping on us early on and getting some confidence," said Kent.

Oregon will look to get another split on the road as they head to Pullman to face the Washington State Cougars. The Ducks are still tied for first place in the PAC-10 at 6-2, and 14-5 overall. Oregon will have to win Saturday to possibly take over first place in the PAC-10 or hold onto a tie. Tip-off will be at 6:30.

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