Huskies take down Ducks

Seattle – Washington used two second half runs, fueled by 21 points from Andrew Andrews and 20 from Nigel Williams-Goss, to defeat the Oregon Ducks 85-77 this evening.

Donaven Dorsey played a huge role, chipping in 13 huge points and five rebounds off the bench in 17 minutes of action.

The Huskies also got 13 points, 12 boards, and 5 blocked shots from Robert Upshaw.

Oregon was led by the 16 points of Dillon Brooks, and got 15 more from Dwayne Benjamin.

The first five minutes went back and forth, and Washington edged out to a 10-6 lead after an Andrew Andrews three from the corner. Washington began to feed the big man, as Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews hit him on consecutive possessions for dunks. Dwayne Benjamin answered with back to back threes to keep the Ducks in the hunt. Casey Benjamin hit a three to give the Ducks their first lead at 15-14.

A turnover by Andrews and then an errant shot by Quevyn Winters led to two very quick transition dunks by the visitors and the Ducks went in front 21-16. A turnover by Washington led to another Benjamin three. Another Joseph Young three and the Ducks were up by 13.

Donovan Dorsey hit a three to finally end the Duck run, but the Ducks continued their three-point barrage and remained in front by double digits. Oregon led at the half 42-32 thanks in large part to the shooting of Dwayne Benjamin off of the bench. He finished the half with a monster dunk as well.

Washington made a nice run to begin the second half, drawing to within three at 44-41, but a goal tending call on Upshaw and then a Goss turnover was converted to a dunk and the Ducks put some distance between them and the Dawgs.

Then the Huskies went on another run. A Goss three, an Andrews three, and a Goss drive to the hoop brought the Huskies to within 1, and then a Mike Anderson three pushed the Huskies on top at 52-50 and the Dawgpack came alive. Duck Coach Dana Altman called time out with 13:05 remaining.

With the game tied at 59 all, Washington went on another run. A Dorsey three was followed by a Williams-Goss lob to Kemp for a dunk and one. Kemp made the free throw, and then Dorsey buried another trey. After Goss made a driving lay in, Washington held a 70-59 lead.

Oregon fought to stay close with three pointers from Abdul-Bassit and Dillon Brooks. With 1:15 left Washington’s lead was just five. Andrew Andrews drove the lane with the shot clock ticking down and missed but Mike Anderson was there to put it back in. Joseph Young immediately drove up the floor and buried a three to make it 81-77 with 33.5 seconds left. Williams-Goss made four free throws down the stretch to seal the win for the Huskies, who improved to 13-4, 2-3 in the Pac-12.

“We don’t win that game if Donaven (Dorsey) doesn’t give us what he gave us” said Andrews after the game. “It was a team win, and when he can hit shots like that, it opens up everything for us.”

“When we got behind, we just kept our composure and kept focused,” said Upshaw about falling behind early. “We now need to keep that momentum and do what the coaches ask of us. We’re fine, we just need to play our game.”
Scoring: Andrews 21, Williams-Goss 20, Upshaw 13, Dorsey 13, Anderson 9, Kemp 7, Dierickx 2.

Rebounding: Upshaw 12, Kemp 5, Dorsey 5, Anderson 5, Andrews 4, Williams-Goss 4.

Others: Williams Goss 5 assists, Upshaw 5 blocks.

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