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Washington holds off Oregon’s late rally for 61-56 win


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Jaylen Nowell scored 20 points, capped by three free throws with 1.6 seconds left, and Washington weathered a furious Oregon rally to escape 61-56 on Thursday night.

Nowell was fouled on a desperation 3-point try after Payton Pritchard lost the ball as the Ducks were trying to set up for a final shot with the score at 56-56. Pritchard then hit Nowell on the arm as he rose to shoot from about 30 feet.

Oregon’s last possession ended with Paul White throwing the length of the court out of bounds, and Matisse Thybulle added two more free throws for the final points.

David Crisp added 18 points and Noah Dickerson 11 for the Huskies (15-4, 6-0 Pac-12), who won their eighth consecutive game. It’s also Washington’s best start in conference play in 35 years.

Louis King had 19 points to lead the Ducks (11-8, 2-4), and Miles Norris added 10 off the bench. Oregon lost a fourth home game in Matthew Knight Arena for the first time since it opened in 2011.

The Huskies led 51-42 before Pritchard led the Ducks on a 14-0 run over 6 minutes to go up 56-51, but Oregon never scored again. Washington answered with five straight points by Nowell to tie.

Washington led by as many as 12 in the first half and was up 27-19 at the break largely because of Sam Timmins’ seven consecutive points off the bench. King had nine for the Ducks, who committed 10 turnovers and had three starters go scoreless in the first half.

It was the third fewest points in a first half by Oregon this season, and the others resulted in losses at Houston and Baylor.


Washington will go for its second road sweep of the season and its sixth in the past 10 years when it takes on Oregon State. The Huskies have yet to give up more than 70 points in a conference game.

Oregon, the preseason Pac-12 favorite before losing star freshman Bol Bol, desperately needs a split against Washington State after opening with four of its first conference games at home. The Ducks also still need to determine a go-to scorer in tight situations.


Washington: At Oregon State on Saturday

Oregon: Hosts Washington State on Sunday night.


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