This game definitely felt like a tale of two halves. Up by three at half, Washington flipped a 23-16 rebounding deficit into a 44-38 advantage by game's end by playing stronger defense and forcing Oregon into 10-30 shooting in the second half and 20 total turnovers, leading to 22 UW points.
"I was proud of our guys and how we battled, especially in the second half when we had guys in foul trouble," UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game. "We continued to fight and scrap. I was pleased with our guys' performance."
The Huskies took that three-point advantage and just like they did at Washington State, they got out of the second-half gate early, courtesy of a Thomas 3-pointer and Quincy Pondexter layin to bump their lead to 45-37.
"They kind of got us going, right off the bat in the second half with a few baskets," Romar said of his guard play. "They were intense the entire time; they were focused."
A Tajaun Porter 3-bomb with 18:19 left brought the UW lead to three, the lowest it would get. Slowly the Huskies opened things up inside offensively and also clamped down on the Ducks' long-range shooting. Four missed shots and three turnovers helped the Huskies extend their lead to 55-44 with 14 minutes left.
"We've seen that before," UO Head Coach Ernie Kent said. "We were really dominating the boards (in the first half). But (Washington) are a great team in terms of feeding off of turnovers and offensive rebounds. At times it felt like we were just giving the ball away. And you can't do that mentally against good teams."
Besides Thomas and Dentmon, Pondexter and Jon Brockman scored in double-digits for Washington (12-4, 3-1), and Brockman's 10 rebounds gave him 1054 for his career, passing up Doug Smart to take over the No. 1 position all-time at UW.
"I don't think it's really hit me yet," Brockman said after the game when asked about breaking the record. "It's nice to get it out of the way. I was never really worrying about it, but I think it was always in the back of my mind. It's over with and I can get back to doing whatever I was doing before."
Joevan Catron led Oregon (6-11, 0-5) with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Michael Dunigan chipped in 11, Garrett Sim 11 and LeKendric Longmire 10 to round out the Ducks who scored in double-digits.
The Huskies travel to Corvallis Saturday to take on Oregon State (6-9, 1-4) in hopes of earning a coveted road sweep.
Points: Thomas 23, Dentmon 22, Pondexter 15, Brockman 10, Bryan-Amaning 7, Gant 4, Overton 2, Holiday 1
Rebounds: Brockman 10, Pondexter 9, Thomas 6, Dentmon 6, Bryan-Amaning 3, Gant 2, Overton 2, Holiday 1
Assists: Dentmon 4, Thomas 3, Pondexter 3, Overton 3, Brockman 1, Bryan-Amaning 1
Steals: Pondexter 4, Brockman 4, Thomas 3, Dentmon 2
Blocks: Gant 1
Huskies Take Key Win on the Road
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