Washington’s 80-77 overtime defeat to Oregon in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament was a microcosm of their its troubled season.
The Huskies played in fits and starts. They followed spectacular plays with bone-headed mistakes. They were never in control of the game, but they had several chances to pull out the win.
And when it mattered most, their best player C.J. Wilcox committed a turnover – what else is new? – in the final seconds of regulation and never got a chance to put up a potential game-winning shot. His miscue didn’t cost the Huskies the victory, but it one of UW’s 15 turnovers.
In overtime, the Huskies were no match for Oregon and Arsalan Kazemi who nearly outscored Washington by himself. He had 11 of his 14 points in the extra period. The Huskies had 13 points in OT.
Both teams finished with 4 of 8 field goals overtime, but Oregon struck first and raced out to an eight-point lead before Washington chipped away at its lead. The Huskies got within three points on a last-second shot from Andrew Andrews, but they never seriously threatened after falling behind in the extra period.
Here’s a few thoughts on the game.
— Wilcox bounced back in a major way after three mediocre performances. He scored a game-high tying 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including three three-pointers. He had six rebounds, three steals and two assists to offset two turnovers. Wilcox struggled early defending freshman Damyean Dotson, who had 13 of his 17 points in the first half.
— Abdul Gaddy talked about leaving it all out there on the court and he certainly had a productive game in many ways. Obviously his six turnovers is a big number, but he also had 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 35 minutes. Gaddy also did a nice job defensively on Johnathan Loyd who finished with five points on 1-for-6 shooting and four assists.
— Scott Suggs’ hot hand continued. The fifth-year senior finished with 18 points, including three three-pointers. He had a difficult matchup against E.J. Singler because he surrendered about 20 pounds to the Oregon guard.
— Andrews pumped in 11 points and was 2 of 3 on three-pointers. Equally impressive were his two blocks and two steals.
— Aziz N’Diaye had his hands full with Tony Woods, who scored 19 points in the paint. Woods wasn’t pretty, but he muscled his way to the rim for eight rebounds and many layups.
— N’Diaye wasn’t the only UW big man who struggled. Washington didn’t receive much production from its front line. Shawn Kemp Jr. and N’Diaye didn’t attempt a field goal in the first half. The Huskies made a big effort to get them shots in the second half. But N’Diaye was 3 for 8 from the field and Kemp 1 of 2.
— Desmond Simmons had a nice start and hit two open jumpers. But he tailed off offensively and had just four rebounds.
— This wasn’t the game for Jernard Jarreau, who looked a step slow and unsure. He was 0 for 2 on two wild attempts. He played just seven minutes.