Oregon plays stunning spoiler Washington 55-47



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SEATTLE (AP) – Payton Pritchard scored 16 points, Paul White added 10 and Oregon put an end to the chance of a perfect home record for Washington with a 55-47 victory on Saturday night to close the Pac-12 regular season.

Oregon (19-12, 10-8 Pac-12) has won its last four conference games and forced Washington to spend a miserable night on the offensive. Washington scored the season low in points and lost for the first time at home after 15 straight wins, which spoiled the senior night for the Huskies' four seniors, largely responsible for the program's turnaround.

Washington (24-7, 15-3) will still be number 1 for the Pac-12 tournament next week in Las Vegas, but can not afford a quick exit with the sluggish hopes of the NCAA Tournament of all the Pac-12s. teams.

But Oregon won that win and never let themselves get past Matisse Thybulle's 3-pointers in the first minute. The Ducks led by no less than 16 players in the first period and resisted all attempts by the Huskies. Washington shot 21.7% in the first period and finished only 3 of 20 in the 3-point range, which is its lowest level of the season for the 3 scored.

White was part of an Oregon attack that dominated the inside in the first half and outshot Washington 32-26.

Jaylen Nowell led Washington with 17 points and Noah Dickerson added 14 points and 16 rebounds. Francis Okoro had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks.

Washington was 37-34 after Nahziah Carter's 3-point play, which also caused a fourth foul on White. But the Ducks scored six consecutive points, on games of 3 consecutive points. Miles Norris rebounded the desperation of Pritchard 3 and scored while being the victim of a foul. Pritchard added a volley and a lay-up and his 3-point game allowed Oregon to lead at 43-34 with 9:08 to go.

Washington led to 43-40, but Pritchard scored his third three-pointer and Louis King's prognosis increased Oregon's lead to eight, five minutes from the end.

Washington had one last push, shooting between 48 and 44, but two Pritchard free throws and a desperate 3-pointer from King as time ran out gave Oregon enough cushion.

GREAT IMAGE

Oregon: The Ducks outshot Washington 20-6 in the first half. But Oregon will have to be better from 3 points in the Pac-12 tournament. Oregon was 1 of 12 in 3 in the first half and 4 of 22 for the game.

Washington: After all the festivities of the senior night – including the return of Dejounte Murray, former Washington star, to see the upper class with which he entered school -, the Huskies scored the lowest of the season with 18 points. Following the first three Thybulle premieres in just 34 seconds, Washington missed 17 of its next 19 shots. Thybulle finished with five catches to tie Jason Kidd's record of 110 Pac-12 in one season.

FOLLOWING

Oregon: The Ducks will be seeded No. 6 in the Pac-12 tournament and face Wednesday's No. 11 seed in Washington State.

Washington: The Huskies will face Thursday USC, number 8, or Arizona, number 9, in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

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