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February 8, 2015 at 6:17 PM

Three impressions: Oregon State 64, Washington 50

Oregon State guard Gary Payton II, left, drives on Washington guard Nigel Williams-Goss during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Payton II led Oregon State in scoring with 17 points as they defeated Washington 64-50. (Photo credit: Don Ryan - AP)

Oregon State guard Gary Payton II, left, drives on Washington guard Nigel Williams-Goss during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Payton II led Oregon State in scoring with 17 points as they defeated Washington 64-50. (Photo credit: Don Ryan – AP)

Two streaks continued Sunday following Washington’s 64-50 loss at Oregon State

The Beavers remained perfect at home and improved to 14-0 at Gill Coliseum.

Meanwhile, the Huskies lost their fifth straight game. The recent skid ties for the longest losing streak since coach Lorenzo Romar took over 13 years ago. UW had five-game losing streaks in 2002-03 and ’03-04.

Here’s a few thoughts.

SO MUCH FOR THE UPTICK IN THE OFFENSE – Washington entered Sunday’s game having scored 74, 88 and 74 in the previous three contests. The Huskies had hoped the newfound offensive prowess was an byproduct of lineups that included four and five guards. However, Oregon State stoned walled UW at every turn. Nothing came easy for the Huskies. They couldn’t get the ball inside to forward Shawn Kemp Jr. and when he did get it, the Beavers contested nearly every shot. Nigel Williams-Goss had trouble getting in the lane for his trademark floater. And Washington managed just two fast break points, which negated its transition offense. The Huskies aren’t a very good perimeter shooting team, but their 3-for-15 performance behind the arc had to be disappointing for UW fans. Washington’s best offensive plan was Andrew Andrews charging at the rim and drawing fouls. He was 10 of 11 on free throws. Otherwise, it was a dismal offensive display made even more ugly by a season-high 22 turnovers.

AND SPEAKING OF TURNOVERS — It defies basketball logic for a team to have 22 turnovers when it deploys a lineup that includes four to five guards. It’s also difficult to understand how UW can commit so many turnovers with two point guards (Williams-Goss and Andrews) on the floor for most of the game. However, they were the main culprits of the sloppy ball handling. Williams-Goss had a season-high tying six turnovers while Andrews had a career high five. Every Husky who played more than three minutes had at least one turnover. Washington’s turnovers led to 17 points for Oregon State and fueled an offense that shot 51.1 percent from the field.

WHEN WILL THE LOSING STREAK END? — Even when the losses mounted, there was belief among diehard UW fans that the Huskies could pull out of their tailspin and make a late push for the NCAA tournament. Well no one is talking about the Big Dance anymore. The bigger question is when will Washington win another game? Next up is No. 6 Arizona on Friday. Gotta believe it would take a special effort to upset the Wildcats even at Alaska Airlines Arena. UW takes on Arizona State on Sunday and that’s no gimme either. Then the Huskies play the next three games on the road at Washington State, UCLA and USC. They finish at home against Colorado and No. 13 Utah. Basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy favors Washington against WSU  and USC. However gauging from their latest performance, not sure if the Huskies can win on the road. Pomeroy also has UW beating ASU and Colorado. Maybe so. But nothing is certain with this team anymore. It would be a shame if the regular season ended with a 12-game losing streak after the Huskies began the season with 11 straight wins.

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