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Oregon forward Elgin Cook, from left, forward Dillon Brooks and guard Tyler Dorsey react after a play against Washington during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 men's tournament Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won 83-77. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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No. 8 Oregon holds off Washington 83-77 at Pac-12

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LAS VEGAS (AP) Chris Boucher had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 8 Oregon withstood a late flurry to hold off Washington 83-77 in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals Thursday.

Top-seeded Oregon (26-6) built an 11-point lead midway through the second half, but Andrew Andrews brought the Huskies back with a quick scoring flurry. The senior guard scored 10 of his 19 points during the run, helping eighth-seeded Washington (18-14) pull within two late.

The Ducks held, though, hitting four free throws in the final 33 seconds to earn a spot in Friday night’s semifinals against No. 15 Arizona or Colorado.

Elgin Cook scored 19 points, Tyler Dorsey 17 and Dillon Brooks added 15 for the Ducks.

Marques Chriss scored 19 points for the Huskies.

The Ducks closed the regular season strong, winning their final five games for their first conference title since 2002. One of those finishing wins was against Washington on Feb. 28, when Cook scored 26 points in the 86-73 victory.

The Huskies put a dent in their NCAA Tournament hopes by limping to the finish, but kept a glimmer of hope alive with a rout over Stanford in the tournament’s opening round.

Washington got off to fast start against the Cardinal and kept rolling against Oregon, hitting 10 of its first 13 shots – four of those 3s – to go up 26-14.

Oregon was ragged early, forcing shots and passes in traffic, riling coach Dana Altman with numerous defensive breakdowns.

The Ducks settled down and started flying, harassing the Huskies into difficult shots, scoring in transition after turnovers and misses during an 11-0 run that helped them take a 39-38 halftime lead.

But after all the 3-pointers and soaring dunks, the second half turned into a defensive wrestling match, with bodies hitting the floor nearly every trip.

The Ducks gained a little separation midway through, when Dorsey hit a 3 and Dwayne Benjamin scored on a three-point play to put Oregon up 64-54.

Andrews brought the Huskies back. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and turned a steal into a pair of free throws that cut Oregon’s lead to 71-69 with 5 minutes left.

Washington kept the Ducks within reach from there, but never could catch them.

TIP INS

Washington: David Crisp, who made just four 3-pointers February, had three in the first half. … Dejounte Murray and Malik Dime had 13 points each.

Oregon: Boucher became the first player in Pac-12 history with 100 blocked shots and 30 3-pointers in a season. … The Ducks had a 46-33 rebounding edge.

WHAT’S NEXT

Washington will have to sweat out Selection Sunday to find out if it will get an NCAA Tournament invite.

Oregon will face No. 15 Arizona or Colorado in the semifinals Friday night.

Pac-12 says end of Washington-Oregon State handled properly

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar, right, has words with officials in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
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SEATTLE (AP) The Pac-12 Conference says the conclusion of Oregon State’s last-second victory over Washington was handled properly by game officials.

The conference released a statement on Thursday after Washington contacted the league office to review the final seconds of the Beavers’ 82-81 victory on Stephen Thompson Jr.’s 3-pointer at the buzzer. Washington had asked that the timing of the game clock be reviewed after it appeared that the clock started late.

The conference said that “the clock timing was handled appropriately by the game officials and the clock operator.” Washington also asked whether Thompson should have been called for traveling after he shuffled his feet before the game-winning shot, but the conference said traveling is a judgment call and not reviewable.

No. 18 Arizona overpowers Washington for 99-67 win

Arizona forward Ryan Anderson (12) scores against UNLV during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona defeated UNLV 82-70. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona traded baskets with Washington’s athletic players in an entertaining first half.

Once the Wildcats turned up the defensive pressure in the final 20 minutes, the Huskies had no shot of keeping up.

Ryan Anderson scored 21 points, Kaleb Tarczewski had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 18 Arizona overpowered Washington for a 99-67 victory Thursday night.

“They just did whatever they wanted in the second half,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.

The Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 Pac-12) had no trouble scoring despite playing their first game without star freshman and leading scorer Allonzo Trier (hand).

Arizona shot 60 percent, including 19 of 27 in the second half, and outscored Washington 50-32 in the paint. Parker Jackson-Cartwright was the setup man, finishing with 11 assists and one turnover, while Kadeem Allen scored 13 points and Gabe York added 12.

Defensively, the Wildcats had trouble handling the Huskies’ quickness off the dribble and ability to get to the rim.

Arizona shut Washington down in the second half with a tenacious man-to-man defense and a bit of 2-3 zone – a first by Arizona coach Sean Miller in 12 years – to extend its home winning streak to a nation-best 48 games.

“Once we went into halftime, our defense went to another level,” Miller said.

Washington (11-5, 3-1) played without a key backup on the front line and was no match for the beefier Wildcats inside.

Arizona had a 43-26 advantage on the glass against the Pac-12’s top rebounding team and closed off the lanes to the basket in the second half to turn the game into a rout.

Noah Dickerson had 17 points and Marquese Chriss added 13 for the Huskies. Andrew Andrews, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, battled foul trouble and scored nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.

“Because of the level of team they are, you don’t have any margin for error,” Romar said. “And they made us pay for it.”

The young Huskies arrived at McKale Center as the surprising leaders of the Pac-12.

Picked to finish 11th, Washington and its seven freshmen opened conference play with three straight victories behind Andrews and Dejounte Murray, who have accounted for 53 percent of its scoring.

Arizona returned home in need of a lift.

The Wildcats had a lost Southern California weekend after being swept by UCLA and USC, and lost Trier for at least a month after he was injured in the quadruple-overtime loss to the Trojans.

Washington was missing a key player of its own; freshman forward Devenir Duruisseau, a backup forward, suffered a concussion in Monday’s practice and didn’t make the trip.

That left the Huskies thin up front and the Wildcats took advantage by pounding the ball inside with a lineup that at times included 7-footers Tarczewski and Dusan Ristic at the same time.

Anderson was the beneficiary, scoring 15 points and Arizona used an 8-2 run to lead 44-41 at halftime.

“Every game, that’s one of our mottos, to play aggressive inside,” Anderson said. “We’re bigger than most teams and we’ve got to use that.”

Washington struggled with foul trouble and Andrews rolled his right ankle late in the first half, yet the Huskies used their athleticism to keep up with the Wildcats. Chriss had 11 points and Washington made 17 of 33 shots in the first half.

Arizona threw the first punch in the second half and the Huskies had no answer.

The Wildcats went on 12-4 run to go up 56-45 and extended the lead to 22 points on consecutive inside baskets by Anderson.

Washington’s good shooting dried up against Arizona’s pressure in the second half.

The Huskies made 10 of 33 shots and Andrews had to sit after picking up his fourth foul at 13:02. By the time he returned, Arizona was well on its way to the victory.

PJC DISHES

Jackson-Cartwright didn’t start at point guard, but ended up being the catalyst, pushing the ball in transition every time the frontcourt players ripped down defensive rebounds.

“So many great plays he was involved in that led to a 3-point shot or a dunk,” Miller said. “He was in total control out there.”

TIP-INS

Washington: Washington was 2 for 12 on 3-pointers in the second half. … Murray had eight points on 8-of-12 shooting and six turnovers in his first game at McKale Center.

Arizona: Junior guard Elliott Pitts missed his ninth straight game due to unspecified personal reasons. … The Wildcats have won 22 straight Pac-12 games at home. … Arizona has scored at least 80 points in nine straight games, its longest streak since 11 straight in 1997-98.

UP NEXT

Washington plays at Arizona State on Saturday.

Arizona hosts Washington State on Saturday.

Washington forward out with fractured wrist

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To say that Washington has some roster turnover to deal with this season would be an understatement, as Lorenzo Romar’s program bid farewell to eight players through either graduation, transfer or dismissal. In their place are nine newcomers, with this class considered by some to be the best recruiting haul Romar’s reeled in during his tenure at Washington.

Given the overall lack of experience the newcomers will have to produce from the start, but in the case of freshman forward Marquese Chriss there will be some missed practice time. Chriss suffered a fractured wrist last month, and while the injury will result in some missed practice time he’s expected to be back in time for the Huskies’ season opener against Texas November 14 in Shanghai.

The 6-foot-9 Sacramento native is part of a front court that includes newcomers Malik Dime and Noah Dickerson, with all three needed to be contributors for a team looking to end a four-year NCAA tournament drought. Washington may lack experience, with guard Andrew Andrews being the team’s lone senior, but they don’t lack for bodies heading into the 2015-16 campaign.

That depth should allow Washington to play faster on both ends of the floor, something that has not happened consistently in recent years. The biggest need for improvement comes on the defensive end, where over the last three seasons the Huskies have struggled mightily.

2018 power forward Jontay Porter commits to Washington

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Despite the fact that he’ll only be a sophomore in high school this upcoming season, Jontay Porter already stands 6-foot-9. And even with that youth, the younger brother of five-star 2017 forward Michael Porter Jr. already knows where he wants to play college basketball. Sunday afternoon Porter announced via Twitter that he’s verbally committed to play at Washington for Lorenzo Romar.

Given the fact that Porter’s still three years away from playing college basketball, he may not be done growing given his current height. The left-handed Porter played for the Mo-Kan Elite grassroots program this summer, following his freshman season at Tolton Regional Catholic HS.

There’s also the matter of the two families being especially close, with Romar and Michael Porter Sr. being teammates on an Athletes in Action team as collegians. Romar is also the Michael Jr.’s godfather.

Those connections nearly led to Michael Sr. joining the Washington program as an assistant, but the current assistant on the Missouri women’s team decided to remain in Columbia.

Among the reasons why Porter Sr. turned down the job according to the Columbia Daily Tribune was the opportunity to continue coaching his oldest daughter (Bri will be a sophomore this season) with another daughter (Cierra) committed to join the program in 2015-16.

Whether or not Jontay’s commitment affects Michael Jr.’s recruitment remains to be seen, but if you’re Washington this isn’t a bad move to make regardless of any possible impact.

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Former Florida signee Noah Dickerson commits to Washington

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Four-star power forward Noah Dickerson’s trip through the recruiting process has been an interesting one, as the Monteverde Academy product first committed to Georgetown before deciding to reopen his recruitment. The 6-foot-8 Dickerson would then commit to and sign with Florida, only to see head coach Billy Donovan move on to the NBA.

The lone member of Florida’s recruiting class to decide not to head to Gainesville, Dickerson announced Thursday night that he’s decided to join Lorenzo Romar’s program at Washington. Dickerson announced the news via his Twitter account, and he joins a team that will be very young in 2015-16.

Dickerson is the seventh freshman in Washington’s Class of 2015 recruiting haul, with junior college transfer Malik Dime and Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe being the other additions. Atewe will have to sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules.

In the post Washington won’t have a player who’s played Division I basketball in its rotation next season. Dime played at Indian Hills CC, with freshmen Dickerson, Marquese Chriss and Devinir Duruisseau rounding out the group. Washington will have some experience at the three, with senior Quevyn Winters and sophomore Donaven Dorsey back, but those two and senior point guard Andrew Andrews are the only eligible scholarship players on the roster who played at the Division I level a season ago.

Dickerson has the size and talent needed to help the Huskies inside, and he’ll need to in what shapes up to be a very important year for the program.