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February 9, 2012 at 11:19 PM

UW throttled at Oregon

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Photo credit: AP Photo – Don Ryan
When asked for the positives following an 82-57 defeat to Oregon, coach Lorenzo Romar singled out Desmond Simmons.
The Washington freshman forward tallied seven points on 3-for-7 shooting collected a team-high eight rebounds in 21 minutes.
“That’s really about it,” Romar said.
Not much went right for the Huskies who were throttled for the first time in weeks. This was Colorado, Duke, South Dakota State and Saint Louis all over again. It was that bad.
Maybe it’s worse, considering the Huskies believed they had overcome their early troubles and were gelling as a team. They’d won five straight games and their last three on the road.
But last night Oregon beat Washington in every way. The Ducks forced 13 turnovers and converted them into 20 points. They had 16 fastbreak points (UW had six) and shot 56.4 percent from the field, which is the most this season by a UW opponent.
You don’t want to read too much into a lousy performance. It happens a few times during the course of 30-game season. The Huskies just weren’t into this one. They didn’t show much fight or grit. Their energy was low. They were unable to decipher Oregon’s rotating defenses. It was impressive the way the Ducks rattled the Huskies with the sideline traps. When it looked as if they’d drop back into a zone, two defenders would rush at a Washington guard and force him into a bad pass.
Oregon’s zone also clogged the middle and forced Washington to take contested jumpers. The only players who had any luck whatsoever inside were Tony Wroten Jr. and Aziz N’Diaye and Oregon smartly fouled them repeatedly. It was a smart strategy considering both are sub-par at the line.
Combined they attempted 17 of UW’s 18 free throws. They only made six. The Huskies will continue to be a poor free-throw shooting team unless other players make an effort to draw fouls.
However, Romar didn’t lament Washington’s 38.9 percent free throw shooting, its 36.4 percent shooting from the field or 2-for-16 display on three-pointers. He was disappointed the team didn’t execute the defensive game plan. The Huskies certainly didn’t want to leave Garrett Sim (above) open. He got things rolling for Oregon making his first three shots and giving the Ducks an 8-0 lead in the early minutes. Things never got any better for the Huskies who by as many as 27 points.
Aside from Simmons, there was one other bright spot. The Huskies remain in first place in the Pac-12. That’s important to remember over the next couple of days as they prepare for Sunday’s game against Oregon State.
“If we can not let this linger, go on and bounce back then we’ll be fine,” Romar said. “We’re still in first place. The loss didn’t put us in last. We still have to work.”
MORE NOTES, QUOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:


— Simmons had more energy than anyone else wearing a Washington jersey. It was his best performance in nine games. He was all over the place. His fought for loose balls and collected four offensive rebounds.
— Wroten led Washington with 14 points, but his six turnovers overshadowed almost everything he did. Last Saturday against USC, he played his most efficient game when he had eight assists and one turnover. Against Oregon, he reverted to his old ways. He forced too many plays. He dribbled into trouble. The Ducks made him go right and he had difficulty finishing at the rim. When he did get inside, they hacked him mercilessly. Wroten missed his first four free throws and finished 6 of 13. Despite his troubles, he also had four steals, four assists and three rebounds. At least he was active, which is more than other players can say.
— In their first meeting, C.J. Wilcox scored 24 points off the bench and carried the Huskies to a convincing win. This time he had 10 on 4-for-13 shooting. He also had six rebounds.
— Can’t say Terrence Ross wasn’t aggressive early. He took eight of his 12 shots in the first half. Unfortunately, he missed six before halftime and was 4 of 12 in the game. Ross had plenty of good looks, but they didn’t fall.
— Another game in which Abdul Gaddy didn’t do enough. Despite playing a game-high 36 minutes, you felt like he was a spectator for much of the game. When he drove into the lane for a basket in the first half, you got the feeling that a light bulb switched on in his head and he recognized what he needed to do. In the second half, Gaddy was intent on letting others take shots and force the issue. He was 1 for 5 for two points. He also had one assist, one turnover and two rebounds. That’s not enough.
— The same can be said for Darnell Gant, who finished with four points and two rebounds. At least he was aggressive with his shot. Like Ross, he had good looks but was unable to make a high percentage. He was 2 for 8.
— Not sure what to make of N’Diaye’s performance. He collected four offensive rebounds. He held Oregon’s Tony Woods to seven points and three rebounds. N’Diaye ran the floor and was presence in the middle. He also failed to finish after a couple of nice passes from Wroten. And he was 0 for 4 at the line.
— Aside from Wilcox, Washington’s bench didn’t have much of a factor. Shawn Kemp Jr. played four scoreless minutes in the first half. In the second half, he had four points. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Hikeem Stewart and Martin Breunig each played three minutes. They combined to score two points and collect three rebounds.

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