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December 20, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Five impressions: No. 16 Washington 69, No. 15 Oklahoma 67

Mike Anderson drains a corner three-pointer for No. 16 Washington, which upset No. 15 Oklahoma 69-67 on Saturday in the MGM Grand Showcase. (Photo credit: AP)

Mike Anderson drains a corner three-pointer for No. 16 Washington, which upset No. 15 Oklahoma 69-67 on Saturday in the MGM Grand Showcase. (Photo credit: AP)

Gutsy performance by the 16th-ranked Huskies, which nearly coughed up a 20-point lead, scored just three points in the final four minutes and still managed to hold off No. 15 Oklahoma for a 69-67 victory in the MGM Grand Showcase.

The Huskies improved to 10-0 and remain one of nine unbeaten teams in the nation.

Here’s a few thoughts.

Jernard Jarreau delivers – Oklahoma was intent on not giving up easy buckets inside and elected a strategy in which forward TaShawn Thomas backed off Jarreau at the top of the key to defend Robert Upshaw and Shawn Kemp Jr. inside. The tactic backfired on the Sooners as Jarreau drained 6 of 9 shots for a career-high tying 12 points. He also six rebounds and two assists. It was Jarreau’s best game this season and a significant step forward for the junior forward who suffered a season-ending knee injury last year. If Jarreau is going to shoot like he did tonight, it’s going to open things up inside for the other bigs.

Defense in spurts still not bad – Ideally, Washington wants to play 40 minutes of terrific defense. Well, that didn’t happen. The Huskies played 17 good minutes in the first half and about four good minutes at the end of the game. Turns out that was enough to turn back the Sooners. Oklahoma shot 37.5 percent (12 of 32) in the first half. Washington did a good job keeping the Sooners off the free throw line where they were 8 for 13.

Huskies don’t rattle – Washington has played in a handful of close games and UW players are very comfortable in pressure situations at the end of games. Tonight was no different. During the final 3:40, Oklahoma had six chances to tie or take the lead and the Sooners didn’t capitalize. During one possession, Oklahoma missed four shots while trailing 66-64.

Donaven Dorsey returns – In the previous three games Dorsey was 0 for 5 on three-pointers. On Saturday, the freshman forward broke out of his mini-slump and drained 2 of 3 three-pointers. He should have taken 1-2 more, but passed up open looks. The Huskies needed every one of those shots because they were 5 of 15 behind the arc.

Nigel Williams-Goss and Mike Anderson does it all – Williams-Goss was largely a playmaker in the first half, but in the second he scored all eight of his points. He also had eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals to offset four turnovers. Meanwhile, Anderson played good defense on Buddy Hield (17 points) while adding 11 points, five rebounds and two assists. He also had two three-pointers.

 

 

 

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