Needing a basket in the final seconds to tie or take the lead, Washington’s final possession ended with a turnover.
The 78-74 loss at Oregon drops the Huskies to 14-8 and 3-7 Pac-12.
Here’s a few thoughts.
NEEDING A DEFENSIVE STOPPER — Much like the loss last month at California, the Huskies allowed an opposing player to carry their team to a win. Against the Golden Bears, Jordan Matthew torched Washington with 31 points en route to an 81-75 Cal win at Haas Pavilion. Tonight, Joseph Young finished with 32 points on 12-for-21 shooting. Elgin Cook (16 points) was the only other Oregon player with double-digit scoring. Suffice to say, if the Huskies could have contained Young a little better, then they would have left Matthew Knight Arena with a win rather than their fourth straight loss. Since Washington dismissed 7-foot shot-blocking center Robert Upshaw last week it has allowed three straight opponents to shoot better than 50 percent from the field. Oregon converted 53.4 percent of its shots.
NIGEL WILLIAMS-GOSS IS PUTTING IN WORK — The sophomore guard has played every minute in the past three games. He followed Sunday’s amazing performance (31 points, five assists, six rebounds and zero turnovers) with another stellar outing. This time he had 19 points, six assists and two rebounds to offset two turnovers. It’s a little strange why the Huskies didn’t opt for Williams-Goss to take the last shot considering he made a clutch basket Sunday in the final seconds. Washington diagrammed a play for Shawn Kemp Jr. in the post or Donaven Dorsey taking a three-pointer. To coach Lorenzo Romar’s defense, Williams-Goss connected with Kemp for a layup on the previous possession with 1:04 left.
DARIN JOHNSON MAY BE FINDING HIS GROOVE — Since Upshaw’s departure, the Huskies have relied heavily on the sophomore backup guard in the past three games and he’s produced for the most part. Tonight he was energetic on both ends of the floor. He picked his spots well offensively. A few times he was paired against an Oregon big man and was able to draw fouls or convert mid-range jumpers. Johnson had 11 points in 23 minutes. He was 4 of 7 from the field. The only downside is he missed all three of his three-pointers.