A sell out crowd of 10,000 adoring fans paid their tribute to the schools four progaming changing seniors during the pregame festivities. Unfortunately for the Washington Huskies (24-7, 15-3) and the home fans the gratitute and pregame love fest had the Huskies lingering down memory lane longer that Husky head coach Mike Hopkins would have liked and the result was a 55 to 47 loss to the Oregon Ducks (19-12, 10-8 Pac-12 )who snapped the Huskies 15 game home win streak.
The result was another lethargic start by Washington who ws 3 of 20 from the field, comittted 8 turnovers and went into the the halftime break down 27-18 feeling shaken but not stired as the sayings. Put another way despite thier first half transgressions the Huskies were well within striking distance.
The difference in this game from the other close games the Huskies have been able to overcome was the Ducks ability to continully disrupt the Husky offense with multiple defensive looks. While the Huskies improved thier second half shooting percentage to 44 % ( 11-25) the Dawgs were outhustled when it came to rebounding. The Ducks outrebounded the the Huskies 37 to 28 resulting in just three second chance points for the compared to 11 points for Oregon.
Payton Pritchard scored 16 points, Paul White added 10 to lead the Ducks in scoring. The Ducks win over the Huskies was thier fourth consecutive Conference win. Jaylen Nowell led the Huskies in scoring with 17points and Noah Dickerson recorded a double, double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Washington: After all the festivities of senior night – including former Washington star Dejounte Murray returning to see the senior class he entered school with – the Huskies scored a season-low 18 first-half points. Following Thybulle’s first 3 just 34 seconds in, Washington missed 17 of its next 19 shots. …Thybulle finished with five steals to match the Pac-12 single-season record of 110 held by Jason Kidd.
Washington: The Huskies will face either No. 8 seed USC or No. 9 seed Arizona in the conference tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.