SEATTLE – Fortunately for the Oregon Ducks, when their offense suddenly disappeared their defense stepped up.
Payton Pritchard scored 14 points and Paul White added 13 as Oregon turned back a late rally by Washington to preserve a 72-64 victory on Saturday to end the Pac-12 Conference regular season.
Washington, which trailed 44-29 at the half, used a 9-2 run to pull within 68-64 with 3 minutes, 12 seconds remaining, but failed to score the rest of the way.
“We got some stops,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We got real stagnant offensively there and had really bad turnovers the second half. Not only at the end, but throughout the half. We had nine the second half after only having four the first half.”
David Crisp had 19 points and Noah Dickerson 18 for Washington (20-11, 10-8). Troy Brown added 12 points for the Ducks (20-11, 10-8).
“When you’re playing a game like that and you’re down 15 with 8 (minutes) to go and you’re cutting it, we’ve got the crowd rolling, everything almost has to go right,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. “We got in positions, we have to trust each other. Sometimes, we’re trying to make a positive play, but you’ve got to trust each other.”
Crisp had seven consecutive points to trigger Washington’s run. Two free throws by Dickerson made it 68-64. But, the Huskies missed their final five field goal attempts and Dickerson, who made his first 10 free attempts, missed the front end of the bonus with 27 seconds left.
After pulling within 68-64, the Huskies turned it over on their next two possessions and then missed their final five field-goal attempts.
“We were fortunate there,” Altman said. “I don’t think Dickerson missed a free throw all day and then he missed the front end of that one. Those darn free throws, which we know in a couple of our losses, are really big.”
Oregon closed the first half with a 14-2 run for a 44-29 lead at the break. The Huskies went the final 6:11 without a field goal, scoring their only four points from the free-throw line during that span.
The Ducks moved the ball well against Washington’s 2-3 zone with 12 assists, including six by Brown, on their 16 first-half field goals, including eight 3-pointers. Oregon also had 20-13 edge on the boards, including seven offensive rebounds that led to nine second-chance points.
“You can’t put yourself in a hole like that,” Hopkins said. “There was a lot of times where we just struggled. You’ve got to tip your hat to Oregon. They made eight 3s in the first half to get the separation.”
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