Washington’s 2nd half comeback tops Oregon, 85-77
SEATTLE (AP) No one hit bigger shots for Washington on Sunday night than Donaven Dorsey.
Andrew Andrews led the Huskies with a season-high 21 points and Nigel Williams-Goss added 20 in Washington’s 85-77 win against Oregon, but it was Dorsey who made the big shots just when the Huskies needed them.
Dorsey’s first points of the night came on a 3-pointer to end a 23-2 Oregon run in the first half. In the second half, a pair of Dorsey 3-pointers keyed an 11-point Washington run that gave the Huskies the lead for good.
The freshman finished with 13 points off the bench on 4 of 5 shooting, including hitting all three of his 3-point attempts. His performance helped Washington (13-4, 2-3 Pac-12) come back from a 10-point halftime deficit for its second game in a row after losing four straight.
"He definitely helps loosen everything up when he’s knocking shots down," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. "Our guys know it. Our guys find him. If he hits one, our guys are looking for him."
Dorsey reached double figures for the second time this season and added five rebounds.
Robert Upshaw had his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Washington.
The game was tied at 59 with 8:25 to play before the Huskies took the lead for good with an 11-0 run. The stretch included Dorsey’s two 3-pointers and a three-point play by Shawn Kemp, Jr., who was fouled on an alley-oop dunk.
In the first half, the Ducks used a flurry of 3-pointers and dunks to open a big lead. Oregon hit three straight 3-pointers to go up 15-14, then, after a Washington basket, reeled off three straight dunks to start a 14-point run. The run was capped by another pair of 3s as the Ducks took a 31-19 lead with 8:00 left in the half.
"Early, Oregon was playing really good," Dorsey said. "They came out and started playing a lot harder than us. We usually don’t come out and play really soft, so it was kind of an adjustment we had to make, and we had to come out and play a lot harder."
Dillon Brooks led Oregon (12-6, 2-3) with 16 points and Dwayne Benjamin scored 15. It was the second straight loss for the Ducks, who lost 108-99 in overtime at Washington State on Thursday.
"We didn’t guard," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "We scored enough points in both games, but defensively we didn’t do a good job. We have a lot of work to do."
The Ducks led 42-32 at halftime but the Huskies came out in the second half and quickly showed they were going to make a game of it. Williams-Goss opened the half with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to seven, a shot Romar said helped the team mentally.
Mike Anderson’s 3-pointer with 13:09 to play – set up by an Upshaw block on defense – put the Huskies ahead 52-50, their first lead since Oregon’s big run.
Oregon: The Ducks made 6 of their 12 3-pointers in the first half but went cold from long-range in the second. Oregon was just 5 for 18 on 3-pointers after halftime, with three of the successful 3s coming in the final two minutes.
"I think it was shot selection," Brooks said. "We were taking bad shots because we wanted to get back in the game so quickly, I think."
Washington: Big men Kemp and Upshaw both picked up two fouls early in the first half, leading Romar to turn to center Gilles Dierickx. The junior, who missed the first 12 games of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot, had played in one game for a total of three minutes this season before Sunday. Against Oregon he scored two points and had two rebounds in seven minutes.
Oregon hosts USC on Thursday.
Washington travels to Colorado on Thursday.