Oregon Freefall Continues, Ducks Drop Fifth Straight at Washington 80-76


Jan 23, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Damyean Dotson (21) and Washington Huskies reach for the loose ball during the first half at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavili. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

These days it seems the one thing standing in Oregon’s way is themselves. With 43 seconds to go in the game Washington Guard C.J. Wilcox hit a three point shot that would send Oregon to their fifth straight loss and all of them in the Pac-12. The Ducks are now 1-5 in Conference and if the needs for a win were dire a few weeks ago I can only imagine how the team feels now. The opportunities for returning to the NCAA Tournament are now starting to slip away and with each passing game there is one less chance to build that body of work as we press toward March.

Thursday night started out well for Oregon as they took a two point lead into halftime. Remember that word, lead, as it will likely be the word that defines their season. You can’t win the game if you don’t have the lead and the Ducks were down seven points with just under three minutes to go. Again, they had their chances, but 42 percent shooting did not get it done(Washington shot 57 percent from the floor).

Oregon Transfer and Wooden Award Candidate Joseph Young paced the Ducks with 18 points. Richard Amardi scored 11 points and added 0 rebounds.

The road trip continues for Dana Altman and company as they head to Pullman to take on Washington State(8-11, 1-6 Pac 12) Sunday at 7pm PT(Pac-12 Networks)