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March 10, 2006

Oregon rallies to upset Washington

LOS ANGELES - Chamberlain Oguchi scored all 22 of his points in the last 14 1/2 minutes, and Oregon rallied for an 84-73 upset over No. 12 Washington in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament.

The seventh-seeded Ducks (15-17) will meet California (19-9) in the semifinals Friday night. The third-seeded Golden Bears advanced by beating sixth-seeded Southern California 82-67.

Oguchi, who scored a career-high 26 points in Oregon's 66-55 first-round victory over Washington State, missed his first six shots and the Ducks trailed 51-40 before he finally connected for the first time.

That was only the beginning for the 6-foot-5 sophomore from Houston, who entered the tournament averaging 8.4 points.

Oguchi made six 3-pointers against both WSU and Washington for a tournament-record 12 with at least one more game to play. He wound up shooting 6-of-14 from outside the arc against the Huskies.

Malik Hairston had 20 points and Ivan Johnson matched his career high with 16 points and also had a career-best 10 rebounds for the Ducks, who won for just the fifth time in their last 14 games and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Huskies.

Washington (24-6) entered the tournament with an eight-game winning streak.

Brandon Roy led the second-seeded Huskies with 30 points. Jamaal Williams added 17 points and Bobby Jones had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Oguchi's 3-pointer with 7:03 remaining gave the Ducks a 62-59 lead - their first since the opening six minutes - and they were on top the rest of the way. Oguchi scored 11 straight Oregon points at one stage.

Two free throws by Hairston and a dunk by Jordan Kent extended the Ducks' lead to 71-65 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.

A basket by Jones with 1:30 to play cut Oregon's lead to four, but the Ducks got three free throws by Hairston and a dunk by Johnson to extend their lead to nine with a minute to go.

Washington went on an 8-2 run early in the second half for a 49-36 lead.

The Ducks battled back, getting a pair of 3-pointers from Oguchi during a 10-4 run that made it 53-46. It was 57-46 when the Ducks ran off 11 straight points to forge a tie. Oguchi's 3-pointer with 8:11 remaining capped the run.

Oregon would go ahead for good a few minutes later.

Oregon's Aaron Brooks was ejected for elbowing Washington reserve Ryan Appleby in the nose - a flagrant foul - midway through the first half. Brooks, averaging 11.0 points and 4.5 assists, had five points, one assist, two steals and four turnovers before leaving.

Lincoln, filling in for Brooks, scored seven of Oregon's next 12 points to keep the Ducks close until the Huskies went on a 14-6 run to finish the half for a 41-30 lead.

No. 13 UCLA faces Arizona in the opener of Friday night's doubleheader. The top-seeded Bruins routed Oregon State 79-47 and the fourth-seeded Wildcats topped Stanford 73-68 in quarterfinal action Thursday afternoon.

The championship game will be played Saturday, with the winner receiving an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

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