What looked to be an anomaly now looks more like a trend. The Washington Huskies, undefeated in the Pac-12 conference a week ago, dropped their second straight Pac-12 game Wednesday night in losing at Oregon State 74-66.
Washington came on to Ralph Miller Court at Gill Colliseum listlessly, and the Beavers took quick advantage. Finding holes both inside and outside against the Washington defense, the Beavers sprinted to an 11-1 lead before the fans had gotten settled in. It was to be a lead that held up, as Washington trailed by as much as 20 in the first half, and never led in the contest.
The Huskies found some success from behind the three point line but it turned out to be fool's gold. In spending the night jacking up threes the Huskies had only 11 assists and only went to the free throw line 14 times, making seven of the charity tosses.
By contrast, Oregon State pressured the Huskies defense into foul after foul. The Beavers went to the line 26 times, and made 18 free throws, providing ample margin for the win. The Beavers continued their balanced attack with five players in double figures, led by Devon Collier's 16 points.
C. J. Wilcox was the leading scorer for Washington. He tallied 23 points but only shot 40% from the field while the game was still in doubt, and made just one of three free throws. Abdul Gaddy contributed 14 points, and Aziz N'Diaye added 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
After starting the conference season with some pretty impressive wins, the Dawgs have now dropped two to the conference cellar-dwellers. Next up is the Oregon Ducks (6-0 in conference, and 17-2 overall). The Huskies need to figure some things out before the Saturday night game in Eugene.