Washington Basketball gets blown out in Vegas

TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 29: Matisse Thybulle
TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 29: Matisse Thybulle /

Washington basketball was beaten twice in one week by the Oregon Ducks. This time, the Ducks blew them out in the second half leading to an Oregon victory of 68-48. The Ducks steal an auto bid to the NCAA Tournament from the Huskies

The first half was a defensive struggle by the two top teams in the Pac-12 in terms of defensive scoring. The Ducks led at half-time 28-26, and the second half should’ve been more of the same, however, Oregon decided the outcome be different by dropping 40 points while the Huskies could only manage 22.

For the first time on the season, Washington basketball had no player scoring in double digits. Jaylen Nowell, the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Washington’s leading scorer mustered only eight points. Some of it was due to foul trouble and a few ticky-tack (at best) calls, but that’s neither here nor there. Nowell was 2/7 from the field, and only managed two rebounds.

Washington basketball had a cold night from the field, shooting 33%, and 5/23 behind the three point line. The big discrepancy in the game was Oregon went 20/22 from the foul line, while the Huskies went 7/8. The Ducks also outrebounded the Huskies 26-13, which didn’t help the cause.

Oregon had three players score in double digits. Those three players outscored the Huskies 49-48. Oregon was led by Payton Pritchard with 20 points who went 7/9 from the field, 2/4 from belong with 4/4 from the foul line. He was all over the place, adding seven assists and six rebounds.

Louis King and Paul White, who dropped 15 and 14 respectively, were the other two players in double digits for Oregon.

The highlight of the second half for the Huskies was Matisse Thybulle, who grabbed his only steal of the game to break Gary Payton’s Pac-12 record.

We want to thank him along with the other seniors: Noah Dickerson, David Crisp, and Dominic Green for an amazing ride over these last four years. They were key pieces helping Mike Hopkins turn the Huskies program around after the dismissal of Lorenzo Romar.