Richardson, Oregon beat Washington 84-56, win 5th straight

Jan 23, 2022, 7:16 AM | Updated: 9:37 pm
Oregon forward Quincy Guerrier, top, shoots over Washington forward Emmitt Matthews Jr., right, in ...

Oregon forward Quincy Guerrier, top, shoots over Washington forward Emmitt Matthews Jr., right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Thomas Boyd)

(AP Photo/Thomas Boyd)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Will Richardson scored 21 points as Oregon won its sixth straight game with a 84-56 victory over Washington on Sunday night.

Jacob Young and Quincy Guerrier each added 12 points as the Ducks (12-6) moved up to fourth place in the Pac-12 at 5-2. Franck Kepnang and De’Vion Harmon each scored nine points for Oregon.

Terrell Brown Jr. scored 14 points and Emmitt Matthews Jr. added 12 points to pace the Huskies (9-8, 4-3).

Oregon shot 65.5% from the field in the first half, including 8 for 12 from 3-point range, to take a 48-13 lead at the break.

“We knew that was a good Washington team that had won four of its last five so we had a sense of urgency,” Guerrier said. “We played really well on defense in the first half… Sharing the ball is a major key to be successful against their zone so we were sharing the ball and ready to shoot it.”

Oregon took a 13-4 lead on a 3-pointer by Richardson before Nate Roberts scored for Washington.

The Ducks followed with 11 straight points, including two dunks from Kepnang, to take a 24-6 lead midway through the first half.

After Daejon Davis made two free throws for Washington, Oregon answered with 16 straight points beginning with a 3-pointer from Eric Williams Jr. Richardson added a jumper and a 3-pointer before Guerrier made a 3-pointer to push the Ducks ahead 37-8.

“We were ready to play,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said “I thought in the first half, our defensive activity was really good. We forced a lot of turnovers.”

Oregon finished 32 for 59 from the field, 9 of 18 from behind the arc. The Ducks had 16 assists while forcing Washington into 23 turnovers.

“It was one of those nights,” Altman said. “We had a good first half, 8-for-12 on 3-pointers, so things were clicking for us especially in the first half.”

BIG PICTURE

Washington: UW coach Mike Hopkins missed his second straight game due to COVID protocols as assistant Will Conroy filled in once again. … After some disappointing early losses against Northern Illinois, Winthrop and Utah Valley, the Huskies have improved in Pac-12 play with four wins in their last six games.

Oregon: The Ducks have won six straight games while going more than a month without a loss. … After being ranked as high as No. 12 early in the year, Oregon has been out of the Top 25 for the past two months, but is making a case to get back into the poll. … Oregon was playing its first home game in three weeks. … Senior guard Will Richardson opened the game with two 3-pointers to reach 1,000 points in his career.

UP NEXT

Washington: The Huskies return home to host Colorado on Thursday.

Oregon: The Ducks host Colorado on Tuesday.

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