Joseph Young’s late shot helps Oregon beat UW men’s basketball, 78-74
Needing a win to rejuvenate their postseason aspirations, the Washington men’s basketball team began the second half of the Pac-12 race with a 78-74 loss against Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena.
Seattle Times staff reporter
UW @ Oregon St., 1:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1
EUGENE, Ore. – Once again, the Huskies threw everything they had at an opponent only to walk away on the wrong side of a shot in the final seconds.
On Sunday, California’s Sam Singer broke their hearts with a three-point dagger with four seconds left in a two-point thriller.
This time it was Joseph Young who doomed Washington.
In front of 5,866 at Matthew Knight Arena, the Oregon senior guard tallied a season-high-tying 32 points, including a short jumper with 24 seconds left that proved to be the difference in Washington’s 78-74 loss Wednesday night.
At the other end, the Huskies had a chance to tie or take the lead. However, they never got off a shot and the play resulted in a turnover.
It was the fourth straight loss for Washington, which fell to 14-8 and 3-7 Pac-12.
“You obviously have played well enough to give yourself a chance to win,” said Nigel Williams-Goss, who finished with 19 points and six assists. “Obviously we know that there’s a lot of plays throughout the game that we wish we could have back as far as defensive plays.”
Andrew Andrews added 14 points, Shawn Kemp Jr. had 12 and Darin Johnson scored 11 for the Huskies.
But for the second straight game, the Huskies squandered a stellar offensive performance – they shot 56.6 percent from the field – with shoddy defense that allowed Oregon to convert 53.4 of its field-goal attempts.
Washington’s greatest shortcoming was its inability to corral Young, who converted 12 of 21 field goals. He was 4 of 9 on three-pointers in 40 minutes.
“He was just in an offensive rhythm,” Williams-Goss said. “He’s a great offensive player. Any offensive player who gets it going like that, they’re going to be tough to stop.”
After Williams-Goss connected with Shawn Kemp Jr. for a layup that tied the score at 74-74, Oregon called a timeout and drew up a play for Young.
He drove hard into the paint and pulled up for a short jumper over Mike Anderson’s outstretched hand.
After a pair of timeouts, coach Lorenzo Romar drew up a play in which Williams-Goss was supposed to hit Kemp in the post for a layup or find three-point specialist Donaven Dorsey on the perimeter.
“It was a double screen up top,” Williams-Goss said. “I was kind of going east-west. When I was coming sideways, I saw him at the last minute, but it was a longer pass and I didn’t want to risk the turnover. So I handed it off and after that it was bad spacing.”
Williams-Goss gave the ball to Anderson who was surrounded by Oregon players on the wing. The senior guard leaped in the air and attempted to pass to Williams-Goss when Jalil Abdul-Bassit intercepted the throw with 5.6 seconds left.
Abdul-Bassit sealed UW’s defeat with a pair of free throws with less than a second remaining.
“I think (Anderson) felt like he had to make a play,” Romar said. “We still had a little time left.”
Williams-Goss added: “It didn’t come down to just that play. There was a ton of throughout the game that decided the game. Not that last play.”
The Huskies lamented their mistakes in another close defeat that included 12 ties and 11 lead changes. Neither team led by more than four points in the second half.
However, Oregon (16-7, 6-4) made the plays when it mattered in the clutch and Washington came up short once again.
“You’re frustrated because we didn’t come up with a victory,” Romar said. “This is three straight games where you play well enough to win and you fall short. But at the same time, I’m hoping that frustration can motivate us.
“We’re so close. We just got to do a little more, and we’ll get over the hump.”