Huskies Work Overtime in Road Win

He's not Jimmy Chitwood, but Will Conroy certainly seized the moment like the kid from Hickory. A three-pointer from the left wing by the senior guard from Seattle propelled Washington to overtime, and the junkyard Dawgs' relentless play in OT yielded a 95-88 win over Oregon Thursday night in front of 9,087 at McArthur Court.

"It's like in Hoosiers, the movie," UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar remarked after the game about Conroy's late-game heroics. Will finished the game with 17 points, five in overtime. "The alarm goes off. He sees the scoreboard, everything slows down and he gets the first one. And then he gets more. We've seen that time and time again from Will."

"When my back is against the wall, I just naturally want to take over," Conroy added. "Coach (Romar) trusted me and put the ball in my hands.

Washington (20-3, 10-2) benefited from having Bobby Jones play despite not feeling one-hundred percent. "He told us that he could go a few minutes and he went to work," Romar said of Jones. Bobby finished with 16 points and four boards in 20 minutes of action. "Thank goodness he could play," added Romar. "He walked us to the doorstep and when he fouled out (with 4:32 left) the other guys took over."

Nate Robinson led the Huskies with 24 points - including 11-16 shooting from the free-throw line. But it was Roy's 18 and 10 rebounds, Conroy's 17 and Jones' 16 that ended up stealing the show.

The Ducks benefitted from a school record 36-fouls called on Washington, and UO shot a school record 54 shots from the charity stripe as a result. In all, seven players fouled out for both teams. But Oregon could only put down 31 of their free throws, often keeping Washington in the game when they could have been extending a lead.

"We have nobody to blame but ourselves," Oregon forward Jordan Kent said. "There's no excuse for missing 21 free throws. If we make those, we win by 10-15."

"We are an aggressive team, and usually when we go on the road we get called more," Romar said of the sheer number of fouls called. "I'm not going to argue it."

Kent had his first career double-double, with 19 points and 16 boards for Oregon (11-9, 3-8), both numbers also being career highs. Aaron Brooks chipped in 15, Chamberlain Oguchi went for 13 and Maarty Leunen added 12 points and seven rebounds.

"I think our guys showed as high a level of heart and toughness that you can show," Romar said. "Being down in a hostile environment and yet they continued to work. I was very proud of them."

But make no mistake - the Ducks were not going to give anything easy to Washington. Oregon out-rebounded Washington convincingly - 46-34 and definitely played the part of the more physical team for much of the game.

"We didn't box out very well at all tonight," said Romar. "Consequently, they did a great job on the boards."

The Huskies didn't take a lead until a Brandon Roy-layin with 14:37 in the game put the Dawgs up 50-48. But when Brooks canned two free throws to put the Ducks up 61-59, the next UW lead wouldn't be until overtime.

But when it counted, the Huskies - led by Roy and Conroy - scored early and often during the final five minutes, outscoring the Ducks 13-4 in the first couple minutes and 16-9 overall.

"I know we were not worn down," said Romar. We kept coming."

"They showed their leadership and played hard," added Brooks. "We let them back into the game and they showed why they are the No. 11 team in the nation."

Points: Robinson 21, Roy 18, Conroy 17, Jones 16, Smith 10, Simmons 4, Jensen 4, Williams 2
Rebounds: Roy 10, Smith 6, Williams 5, Conroy 4, Jones 4, TEAM 2, Robinson 2, Simmons 1
Assists: Conroy 7, Robinson 4, Roy 3, Williams 1
Steals: Simmons 1, Burmeister 1, Jones 1, Williams 1
Blocks: Rollins 1, Jones 1 Top Stories