Jaylen Nowell scored 20 points to lead the Washington Huskies ( 15-4, 6-0 Pac-12) to 61-56 win over the Oregon Ducks (11-8, 2-4) and snap the UW’s six-game losing streak to the Ducks. The sophomore guard scored eight of his 20 points during the Huskies late game 10-0 run and finished his herculean effort by making three consecutive free throws that gave the Huskies the three-point lead with 1.6 seconds left in the game.
The Ducks had the ball with the game tied at 56 all and 19.3 seconds left and it looked like they where on the way to victory until Oregon Payton Pritchard slipped, lost the ball then fouled Nowell who put up the desperation three ball.
“Real tough call to end the game,” UO coach Dana Altman
said. “It is a gut-wrencher, and we have to fight through it.”
The Huskies eight consecutive win did not come easy against a Ducks side that battled all night. The Huskies were up 27-19 at the halftime break and watched their 51-42 lead dissipate due to a Pritchard led 14-0 run that gave the Ducks a 56-51 lead with 2:29 left in the game. The Huskies were able to pick themselves off the floor after the Oregon gut punch and shut out the Ducks the rest of the way and record their six consecutive conference win.
While the Huskies made the win harder that it had to be, Huskies head coach Mike Hopkins was pleased with his team’s effort and trust in each other.
“I was proud of the way they stayed together when things unraveled, ” Hopkins said after the game.
” They are now starting to believe in each other and that is the difference, they are bonding and starting to come to together. We’re slowly just starting to come together and improve as a team.”
David Crisp added 18 points and Noah Dickerson 11 points to round out the Huskies double-figure scorers. Louis King had 19 points to lead the Ducks and Miles Norris added 10 off the bench. Oregon lost a fourth home game in Matthew Knight Arena for the first time since it opened in 2011.