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Fading Huskies can't find offense in loss to Ducks

2013-02-13T23:00:00Z 2013-03-07T19:31:07Z Fading Huskies can't find offense in loss to DucksBy Todd Dybas / The News Tribune (Tacoma) Longview Daily News
February 13, 2013 11:00 pm  • 

Add another loss.

Washington lost for the seventh time in eight games, this setback a 40-minute trudge against Oregon that finished 65-52 for a Ducks’ win on Wednesday night at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

The Huskies are plummeting and took a long time after the game to talk it over before leaving the locker room.

Washington (13-12 overall, 5-7 Pacific-12 Conference) is seeing its chances of any postseason participation rapidly going away.

“We’re tired of losing,” Huskies senior Abdul Gaddy said.

Washington’s offense was a wreck much of the evening on the way to a season-low 52 points. Self-inflicted turnovers, though fewer, often derailed any momentum the Huskies tried to cobble together. They also shot 35 percent against the Ducks (20-5, 9-3).

It was Oregon’s first sweep of the regular-season series against Washington since 1995.

Gaddy, from Bellarmine Prep, tied career-highs with 17 points and seven rebounds, plus added five assists against two turnovers, but received little help. C.J. Wilcox is in a funk, shooting 30.2 percent over the past five games, including 3 for 13 against Oregon.

Scott Suggs’ season-long malaise continued against the Ducks. His 1-for-6 shooting from the field typified Washington’s wing players, who have struggled to consistently score for weeks.

With 6:50 to go, a defensive miscommunication left Oregon point guard Johnathan Loyd wide open and he hit a 3-pointer to put the Ducks up 51-40. Washington never closed the gap in a significant way.

Wilcox didn’t score until a minute remained in the first half. He missed his first six shots before hitting a runner in the lane then a corner 3-pointer on Washington’s last possession.

Gaddy carried the Huskies in the first half, during which they trailed by as much as nine, and throughout the night. Washington fell behind 12-4 before Gaddy found Aziz N’Diaye for an easy layup. Gaddy scored on the break to give Washington its only lead, 15-14, with 8:46 to go until halftime.

Gaddy had seven points and four assists and zero turnovers at the half. He put both Oregon point guards, Loyd and backup Willie Moore, into foul trouble, causing the Ducks to use forward E.J. Singler at point guard for the final six minutes of the half, yet they were able to grow their lead.

Singler’s 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer was waved off after review, leaving Washington down 33-27 at the half. There was no rally to come.

“I think our team is very, very disappointed in the situation,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Very disappointed in ourselves. But, I don’t think our team is ready to quit at all.”


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