Ducks dropped in Seattle

The Oregon Ducks (10-9, 4-3 Pac-10) had no answers for the University of Washington's front line. The Huskies (16-2, 5-2) were able to control the backboards and enjoy second and third opportunities in a 78-59 blow out at Bank of America Arena on the campus of the University of Washington. Washington was led in scoring by Jamaal Williams' 20 points, but Washington out rebounded Oregon 35-22. Malik Hairston who had 17 points paced Oregon.

Oregon's Malik Hairston shoots between Washington's Jamaal Williams, left, and Justin Dentmon, right, during the first half of a PAC-10 basketball game in Seattle, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

For most of the first half the game was competitive, in fact the Ducks led 20-16 after a Brandon Lincoln 3-point basket just over 10 minutes into the half. The Huskies using a tough frontline combination of Bobby Jones, Jamaal Williams, John Brockman and Mike Jensen kept the Ducks off the backboards and only allowed Oregon one shot chances. Meanwhile the Husky big men were able to keep the ball alive for their teammates and when the half ended Washington was up 39-27.

Halftime did not afford any solutions for Oregon as the rebounding trend from the firt half continued in the second half and Washington went on to build a comfortable lead coasting to the victory. Brandon Roy chipped in 19 to aid in the winning cause while Jones added 15. Brockman was the game's leading rebounder with 8. The Huskies shot 53.2 percent for the game in field goals on 33-of-62, including 6-of-16 in 3-point shooting. They were also perfect from free throw line making all six attempts.

Oregon was able to come back to within 11 in the second half at 66-55 with about six and half minutes to go in the game but could come no closer.

Oregon continued to struggle from the field as it has all year long shooting 40 percent in field goals on 22-of-55 including 5-of-20 on 3-point tries. The Ducks also struggled with free throws shooting 62.5 percent on 10-of-16. Brandon Lincoln (12) and Bryce Taylor (11) were the only other Oregon players to end up with double figures in scoring besides Malik Hairston.

Hairston and Maarty Leunen both had five rebounds to lead the way in that category for Oregon.

Oregon returns home next week with a Thursday night game against UCLA and a Saturday game with USC. Both games will be played at McArthur Court.

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