Pretty good game, really.
Naturally, much of the talk after involved the games by Aaron Brooks and Ryan Appleby, and Appleby’s decision not to shake Brooks’ hand. But beyond that, the Huskies now seem to understand that they are NIT bound unless they win the Pac-10 tournament. Meanwhile, the Ducks now seem to be NCAA locks just playing for seeding.
Star of the game: Oregon guard Aaron Brooks won his personal duel against Washington’s Ryan Appleby, scoring 30 points including 20 in the decisive second half.
Key stats: Oregon shot 54.3 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from three-point range. … Oregon scored 34 points from the foul line on 40 free throws. Washington scored 17 points on 18 foul shots. … Washington outrebounded the Ducks, 28-22.
Key run: Washington moved to an 11 point lead in the first half, but Oregon stormed past on a 21-3 run.
Observations: Spencer Hawes’ 20 points gives him 416 for the season, the most ever by a UW freshman. He passed Mike Hayward who scored 406 points in 1988. … About five minutes into the second half, UW was awarded four straight free throws after a pair of technical fouls were called on the Oregon bench as they protested an offensive foul called on Bryce Taylor. … UW lost its fifth straight road game against a ranked team. … Brooks recorded his fourth 30-point game of the season and the fifth of his career. … Washington got 19 points from its bench including 10 points from Oregon native Phil Nelson.
Quotable: "This was a really good basketball game. You had fireworks all over the place. There were three-pointers, great defense, and the crowd was on fire." – Oregon coach Ernie Kent.
Next: 7 p.m. Thursday, Southern California, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.