Going into the last Thursday’s game, I wasn’t sure how the Ducks would show up against a Washington team that had won five games in a row and were coming off of a 69-41 dismantling of USC. However within the first two minutes the Ducks were up 8-0, with one made jumper and back to back three’s all shot by Oregon’s point guard Garrett Sims.
From there on out the Ducks were unstoppable in the first half. Shooting a ridiculous 64.3 percent from the field and went 6-8 from behind the 3-point line. Going into the half the Ducks extended their lead to a 49-26 lead, giving them a huge advantage to put away the Huskies in Eugene.
As soon as the second half begun the Ducks didn’t look for a second, beginning with an opening alley-oop from Devoe Joseph to Tony Woods. After that it went back and fourth as both teams shared baskets however the Ducks did at one point extend their lead to a game high 27 points, but in the end they came away with a 82-57 win outscoring the Huskies by two points in the second half.
With this win the Ducks closed the Pac 12 lead to just one game, as both Washington and California sit on top with a 9-3 record, and right behind them is Oregon and Colorado who are sitting at 8-4 in conference.
Up next for the Ducks is Washington’s rival the Washington State Cougars, who are 5-7 in conference. The Courgars are currently coming off of a 10 point win against the Oregon State Beavers. For the Cougars that is their first conference win on the road, so the match up against the Ducks should most likely be the Ducks in favor.
The game against the Cougars will be played at Matthew Knight Arena at 3 o’clock on Sunday. If the Ducks come out with a win they can put themselves one step closer to being in the race for the Pac 12 conference leader. Go Ducks!