Huskies Upset Ducks 89-77

The University of Washington Huskies (12-7, 2-6) defeated the 7th ranked Oregon Ducks in Seattle on Thursday night 89-77, giving the Huskies a much needed conference victory and handing Oregon only its second loss of the year. Washington was led by the stellar play floor play of sophomore point guard Justin Dentmon who scored a career high 24 points to go with seven assists and six rebounds.

Washington raced to an early ten point lead and led throughout the game. Oregon struggled with the Huskies superior size advantage inside and was dominated on the glass, grabbing only three offensive rebounds to the Huskies 13. Washington outrebounded Oregon 29 to 20 for the game.

The pace in the first half was frantic with Washington taking a 51-40 lead into the halftime break. Dentmon had 15 to lead all scorers at the intermission while freshmen forward Phil Nelson of Keizer, Oregon chipped in seven points.

Both teams sizzled from the field in the half with Oregon shooting 55 percent on 15-27 from the field and Huskies answering with 52 percent on 19 of 36 from the floor.

The Ducks answered quickly in the second half scoring the first seven points before Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was forced to call an early timeout.

The timeout didn't help as Oregon's sharp shooting continued. After a three by Chamberlin Oguchi and back-to-back treys by Malik Hairston, Oregon had its first lead of the game at 60-59. Another Oguchi three and two free-throws by Bryce Taylor gave Oregon its biggest and final lead of the night at 65-63.

Leading 70-69, the Huskies went on a 11-2 run to put the game away. Brockman hit six free throws during the stretch.

Oregon was in constant foul trouble throughout the game. Four Oregon starters had at least three fouls with over 11 minutes left in the game. Leunen picked up his fourth with just under ten minutes remaining and had to miss substantial time down the stretch. Oguchi eventually fouled out on a night when Oregon was whistled for 24 fouls compared to 16 for Washington.

Ryan Appleby was a sparkplug for Washington adding 16 points including several threes.

Washington freshmen center Spencer Hawes had 15 points on a bad ankle while forward Jon Brockman was a presence inside with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Oregon was led by Bryce Taylor who scored 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting while Oguchi added 15. Maarty Leunen had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Oregon badly missed its Pac-10 Player of the Year candidate, Aaron Brooks, who missed the game due to a suspension stemming from a flagrant foul that Brooks threw against Ryan Appleby of Washington in last seasons Pac-10 tournament.

Brooks, who leads the conference in scoring at 18.4 points per game will be in uniform on Saturday for a critical showdown in the Palouse with the Washington State Cougars.

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