Huskies’ road woes continue in 78-71 loss at Oregon
Washington has lost seven straight road games.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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EUGENE, Ore. – C.J. Wilcox walked slowly out of the visiting locker room toward the team bus while Perris Blackwell explained why the Huskies lost their seventh straight game on the road.
At times during Wednesday’s 78-71 loss at Oregon in front of 6,792 at Matthew Knight Arena, both senior co-captains were benched either voluntarily or due to injury.
“I just went to coach and told him I thought I could help the team by coming off the bench and just bring a spark, give us an extra lift,” Blackwell said. “I had been feeling that way for a little while.”
Shawn Kemp Jr. started for Blackwell, but Kemp played just seven minutes due to foul trouble and Blackwell responded with his best game in two months. He finished with 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting in 33 minutes.
Meanwhile, Wilcox fell hard in the opening minutes and bruised his tail bone.
Coach Lorenzo Romar benched his leading scorer, who entered the game third in the Pac-12 in scoring, for a five-minute stretch at the start of the second half.
“A couple of times he just moved slowly and couldn’t get there,” Romar said. “I wasn’t sure he could go on and he said, ‘No, I think I could finish.’ ”
Still, Wilcox labored and provided just nine points. It was the third time in the past four games he’s been held to fewer than 10 points.
Meanwhile, Blackwell and Andrew Andrews, who had 15 points, picked up the slack offensively. Nigel Williams-Goss and Desmond Simmons also added 12 points each for Washington, which fell to 14-13 and 6-8 in the Pac-12.
“When C.J. is not there it’s time for other players to step up,” Andrews said. “We can’t rely on him every day to save us, even though that’s what he does.”
Tied 60-60 with 9:11 remaining, Washington needed a go-to player in the final minutes. However, Oregon made clutch plays. The Ducks used an 11-3 run to pull ahead 71-63. The eight-point lead was its largest in the game.
Washington was hurt by a questionable offensive foul on Williams-Goss, which would have cut the lead to four in the last six minutes.
“I thought that was a big, big play in the game,” Romar said. “Big play.”
A Williams-Goss short jumper pulled the Huskies to within three points (73-70) with 2:34 left. On UW’s next possession, Simmons blew a layup and seconds later he fouled out on Mike Moser’s three-point play that gave Oregon a 76-70 lead with 1:30 left.
“We had a lot of opportunities to make plays down the stretch and we didn’t,” Romar said.
Moser had 20 points, Joseph Young 18 and Damyean Dotson 17 for Oregon (17-8, 5-8).
“Unlike some other games that we played on the road where we just kind of faded, I didn’t think we faded tonight,” Romar said. “We were a few plays away from getting over the hump, but we didn’t.
“There were a couple of missed assignments on the defensive end, but offensively we had some golden opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on.”
• Wilcox moved past Quincy Pondexter and is third on Washington’s all-time scoring list with 1,791 points. He’s 14 away from second place (Jon Brockman, 1,805).
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