Washington Basketball blows a late lead to the Oregon Ducks at home. What are the takeaways as the Huskies going forward in Pac-12 play?
Oregon struggled in the first half as the Ducks were still reeling from their 72-61 loss on the Palouse to Washington State on Thursday. Washington held the visiting team to 25 points in the first half and led by 12 points going into the locker room.
The Huskies offense wasn’t functioning much better. Washington has been playing without starting point guard Quade Green since Jan. 9 against Stanford. Green is academically ineligible for the winter quarter until mid-March. Similar to Washington’s Stanford game, the Ducks went on a 15-2 run to erase a 48-34 Husky lead with 10 minutes remaining.
Senior point guard Payton Pritchard once again led the Ducks to victory. Pritchard finished with 22 points on 6 for 12 shooting from beyond the arc. None were bigger than his 30-foot step-back dagger with 3.4 seconds to go in overtime.
Washington was led by 6’9 freshman Isaiah Stewart. Stewart came away with 25 points, 19 rebounds, five blocks, 2 steals.
After being swept at the Bay Area schools last week without Green, Washington found themselves on the bubble by many bracketologists with many questions. Their 64-56 win over Oregon State (#54 NET) showed that they were not completely toasted for the season. With a solid game against a top ten team, there is encouragement on Montlake. However, to be a contender in the Pac-12, the Huskies will have to address the following issues.