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Ducks hold off Huskies, 74-71

Duarte, Williams help lead Oregon in its Pac-12 opener

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Oregon's Chris Duarte (5) tries to get past Washington's Quade Green (55) and Nate Pryor during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Seattle.
Oregon's Chris Duarte (5) tries to get past Washington's Quade Green (55) and Nate Pryor during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Photo Gallery

SEATTLE — Chris Duarte and Eugene Omoruyi scored 14 points apiece, Eric Williams Jr. added 13, and Oregon held on to beat rival Washington 74-71 on Saturday night.

N’Faly Dante had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds — the 6-foot-11 sophomore from Mali’s first double-double — for Oregon (4-1, 1-0 Pac-12).

Quade Green scored 15 of his career-best 26 points in the second half as Washington (1-4, 0-2) erased most of a 15-point deficit. RaeQuan Battle added 19 points, hitting 4 of 6 from 3-point range.

LJ Figueroa converted a three-point play to give Oregon a 15-point lead, its biggest of the game, with 16 minutes left.

Green scored Washington’s first six points in an 8-2 run that trimmed its deficit to 69-68 with 1:40 to play but Williams hit an open 3-pointer from the left corner 24 seconds later.

Battle converted a three-point play to make it 72-71 with 58 seconds remaining and the Huskies got a stop on the other end, but lost the ball out of bound and then fouled Duarte who made 1 of 2 from the free-throw line and Washington called a timeout with 7.9 seconds left.

Green missed a deep 3-point shot about four seconds later and Dante made 1-of-2 free throws to cap the scoring.

The Ducks rallied from a 16-point deficit in Seattle to beat Washington 64-61 in overtime on a last-second 3-pointer in the last meeting between the teams last January.

Oregon has won four in a row against the Huskies.

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