Ross provides answer as UW rolls

SEATTLE - A lot of questions were asked when Abdul Gaddy went down Wednesday with a season-ending knee injury. Who would start? Who would pick up the slack? Those questions were answered Thursday as Washington took care of Oregon 87-69 to remain undefeated in Pac-10 play.

It was senior guard Venoy Overton who started the game for Gaddy, but it was Terrence Ross who finished things off. The Huskies (11-3, 3-0) were paced by the career-high 25 of Ross, who came off the bench to provide UW a spark in the first half when they needed it most. His three-pointer with 7:05 remaining in the game pushed the Huskies to a 67-59 advantage, and it was there where junior co-captain Isaiah Thomas took over. The 5-foot-8 junior either assisted or scored on 16 of Washington's final 20 points to close out the Ducks (7-8, 0-3), who were only down five with 10 minutes to go. He finished the night with 20 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Scott Suggs finished with 13 each for UW.

Oregon was led by the 20 points of Joevan Catron, who scored 11-straight to start out the second half. Garrett Sim was the only other Oregon fan to score in double-figures with 13. The Ducks actually led 47-46 after a Johnathan Loyd three-pointer, but it would be their last lead of the game. Bryan-Amaning and Suggs would help give UW a 64-57 lead, and Ross and Thomas would take it home from there.

Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman threw the kitchen sink defensively at the Huskies, including traps, zones and man-to-man, but it didn't stop UW from scoring at their season average, as well as dishing out an impressive 19 assists while only turning the ball over 12 times. That's not to say they didn't have some periods of effectiveness.

Two free throws by Teondre Williams with 3:04 left in the first half tied the game up, but Ross and Suggs stepped up and gave UW an 8-2 edge to finish the half 39-33.

"We came out real slow," Ross said after the game. "We weren't as focused as we should have been. We had to make some adjustments."

The victory gives UW a current 10-game winning streak, the longest streak the Huskies have had in conference in five years. They also remain undefeated in games where they out-shoot and out-rebound their opponents. Thursday night they out-shot Oregon .514 to .393 and out-rebounded them 40-31 after only out-rebounding them by one at the half.
Points: Ross 25, Thomas 20, Bryan-Amaning 13, Suggs 13, Holiday 7, Gant 4, Overton 3, N'Diaye 2
Rebounds: Bryan-Amaning 8, Thomas 6, TEAM 6, Gant 4, Ross 4, Holiday 3, N'Diaye 3, Overton 3, Suggs 2, Wilcox 1
Assists: Thomas 9, Overton 5, Holiday 2, Gant 1, Suggs 1, Ross 1
Steals: Ross 4, Thomas 3, Overton 1, Suggs 1
Blocks: Bryan-Amaning 2, N'Diaye 2, Ross 2, Holiday 1 Top Stories