Pac-10 tussle pits Huskies against Ducks
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) – The 23rd-ranked Oregon Ducks welcome the
Washington Huskies to Eugene for a Pac-10 Conference showdown.
Clearly, Washington’s 16-11 overall record is overshadowed by a 6-9
conference mark. The Huskies have lost their last three games, and a 73-65
setback at Oregon State on Thursday dropped them to 1-9 in true road bouts.
Oregon got off to an 18-1 start before seemingly falling apart over the last
month. Fortunately, the Ducks managed to halt a three-game skid with a
64-59 victory over ninth-ranked Washington State, seemingly clinching an
NCAA Tournament berth with the victory. The last three games of the season
will take place at home for Oregon, which is 14-2 in Eugene.
Washington beat Oregon by an 89-77 final in the first meeting this season,
and the Huskies own a commanding 179-100 advantage in the all-time series.
Freshman standout Spencer Hawes continues to lead Washington with his 15.2 ppg,
and the center has blocked 46 shots as well. Hawes is pulling down a modest 5.9
rpg, but he is clearly one of the top young frontcourt players in the nation.
Jon Brockman checks in with 14.0 ppg and 9.8 rpg for the Huskies, as he is a
hard worker who gets little recognition. Quincy Pondexter adds 10.9 ppg, and
Justin Dentmon rounds out a foursome of double-digit scorers with 10.5 ppg. On
Thursday, Washington attempted only 10 free throws against Oregon State, while
the Beavers finished with a staggering total of 42 free-throw attempts. Hawes
posted 22 points in the setback, and Brockman contributed 14 points and 14
Young Tajuan Porter played like an experienced veteran for Oregon on Thursday,
as he scored 21 points against Washington State to spark the upset victory.
Aaron Brooks pitched in 16 points and six assists, while Maarty Leunen tallied
11 points. The Ducks turned the ball over only seven times in the clash while
forcing the Cougars into 14 giveaways. An 11-of-25 shooting performance from
three-point range also played a major role in the win. Brooks is averaging 17.6
ppg to pace Oregon, and he has handed out 116 assists. Bryce Taylor is
contributing 14.4 ppg, and Porter adds 13.8 ppg. Malik Hairston checks in with
11.7 ppg, and Leunen is posting 10.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg. Oregon is scoring 76.0
ppg overall while holding opponents to 66.9 ppg.