Huskies show some heart but still lose

For the third straight game, the Washington Huskies' sloppy play saw no end, as the Dawgs fell 81-76 to the Oregon Ducks (12-11, 5-6) Saturday in Eugene. The loss drops the Huskies to 15-7, 7-4 and will also knock Washington out of both top-25 polls. This is the second time in as many years that Washington has lost three Pac-10 games in a row.

Even though the Huskies filled up the stat sheet in many ways, some of the same problems that have plagued them in their last two losses reared their ugly head once again; turnovers, Isaiah Thomas' disappearance, and the lack of free-throw shooting.

Turnovers were a huge problem right away, as halfway through the first half, the Huskies already had 10 turnovers. To make matters worse, Washington was shooting the ball well at the time. The Huskies totaled 15 turnovers for the game, while the Ducks only had eight.

Although Thomas' final line doesn't look awful - 13 points, five rebounds and six assists - it is rather deceiving because most of his production came in the final five minutes of the contest. Up until that point, he looked rather lethargic in all facets of the game.

Free-throwing has long been an achilles heel for Washington, and tonight was no exception to that trend. After starting just 2-8 from the line, the Huskies finished the night at 5-11.

Even with all the negatives, the game was never out of reach, as with just 30 seconds left the Huskies were down two, 76-74. But Oregon's E.J. Singler calmly sank two free throw attempts to make it a two-possession game.

Venoy Overton came right back down and scored with a layup, but the Huskies, yet again, sent Singler to the line, where he promptly hit both shots, all but ending UW's hopes for a steal on the road.

Leading the way for the Huskies in the game was Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who despite having a rough stretch in the second half, finished with 21 points on 10-16 shooting from the field. He also had five rebounds, and one steal and block.

Also playing solid for Washington was Justin Holiday. He finished the afternoon with 16 points on 6-8 shooting from the field and 4-6 shooting from three. To go with that, he had five rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

As a team, the Dawgs shot 51 percent from the field, 41 percent from three and 46 percent from the line. Washington also had 35 rebounds, 19 assists, two steals and five blocks.

The Ducks were led by Joevan Catron, who finished the game with 20 points on 8-14 shooting, nine rebounds and three steals.

Next up for the Huskies will be at home against the California Golden Bears on Thursday. Tip time is set for 6 p.m. PST at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.
Points: Bryan-Amaning 21, Holiday 16, Thomas 13, Ross 12, N'Diaye 5, Suggs 3, Overton 3, Wilcox 3
Rebounds: N'Diaye 9, Bryan-Amaning 5, Holiday 5, Thomas 5, Suggs 4, Overton 2, Ross 2, Gant 2
Assists: Thomas 6, Holiday 5, Suggs 4, Overton 2, Wilcox 1, Gant 1
Steals: Bryan-Amaning 1, Ross 1
Blocks: Holiday 3, Bryan-Amaning 1, Ross 1 Top Stories