SEATTLE — Freshman Terrence Ross scored a season-high 25 points and No. 23 Washington shut down Oregon in the final 12 minutes, pulling away for an 87-69 victory Thursday night.
Ross made up for a slow night from leading scorer Isaiah Thomas — although Thomas closed strong — and the Huskies (11-3, 3-0 Pac-10) won their first three conference games for the first time in six seasons.
Ross hit 11 of 18 shots, capping the night with a lob dunk off a pass from Thomas. Ross previous high came just over a week ago when he scored 18 points in an overtime victory at USC.
Oregon’s Joevan Catron made things interesting by starting the second half with 11 straight points and helping Oregon take its first lead at 42-41. But after Johnathan Loyd’s 3-pointer gave Oregon a 47-46 lead with 16:40 left, the Ducks never led again. Oregon went nearly 9 minutes of the second half with just one field goal.
Catron finished with 20 points for the Ducks (7-8, 0-3).