Feb. 19, 2000
By LANDON HALL
Associated Press Writer
EUGENE, Ore. - Thalo Green scored 14 of his career-high 16 points in the second half as Washington pulled off its biggest win of the season by holding off cold-shooting Oregon 67-58 Saturday night.
The Huskies (9-16, 4-9 Pac-10) trailed by eight at halftime but surged ahead when the Ducks went nearly 12 minutes without a field goal. Oregon (18-6, 9-4) stayed close by consistently getting to the free throw line, but missed 13 shots in the half.
Alex Scales had 13 points for the Ducks, who shot a season-low 30 percent from the field and 18 percent in the second half.
With Arizona State's win over Southern California, Oregon is just a game ahead of the Sun Devils for third place in the Pac-10.
Washington took the lead for good at 40-38 on Chris Walcott's turnaround jumper with 12:17 to go. Oregon trailed by as many as eight before Scales' 3-pointer broke a string of 13 straight misses for the Ducks and pulled them within 53-48 with 4:40 to go.
Two free throws by Flo Hartenstein cut the lead to 55-52 with 2:31 left, and the McArthur Court floor began to shake with noise from the sellout crowd. But a 3-pointer by Deon Luton quieted them, and a layup and five straight free throws by Green made it 64-56 with 29 seconds left.
Oregon missed a chance to post consecutive 19-win seasons for the first time since 1975-77, coach Ernie Kent's last two years as a player.
Both teams shot poorly in the first half, but the Huskies committed 12 turnovers and missed seven of their eight free throws, and Oregon took a 31-23 halftime lead.
The Ducks took a 35-28 lead on two free throws and a reverse layup by A.D. Smith, but Oregon couldn't hit anything from the outside after that.