CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Huskies have started a streak. But it’s one they won’t be proud of.
For the second consecutive game, Washington never led and lost to a team that was previously winless in the Pacific-12 Conference.
The first 15 minutes of the game left Washington in a hole well-drillers would envy, and the Huskies never recovered in a 74-66 loss to Oregon State at half-full Gill Coliseum on Wednesday night.
After a 4-0 start to conference play, Washington (12-7 overall, 4-2 Pac-12) has fallen flat. Utah thumped the Huskies at Hec Edmundson Pavilion last Saturday for its first Pac-12 win of the season. Oregon State (11-8, 1-5) came out as engaged as Washington was disengaged to do the same Wednesday.
“This isn’t something that one day we’re going to be able to do it,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. “We’ve done the right thing. For several weeks we did the right thing, and, out of nowhere, we’ve lost that concentration, lost that edge.”
After being down 20 points in the first half, Washington tracked back to cut its deficit to a single point, down 53-52 and 55-54, before Oregon State settled down and pushed back.
C.J. Wilcox shot a 3-pointer for the lead, but it was long. He finished with a game-high 23 points on 9-for-21 shooting while being tracked much of the game by 6-foot-10 Eric Moreland.
The temporarily tight game in the second half seemed unlikely after a putrid start for Washington. Wilcox missed a free
throw early in the first half, which prompted a rimshot from the drummer in the Oregon State band, the kind of ba-da-bing that follows a punch line. It was fitting because Washington’s play during most of the first half was comical.
“Early on, we weren’t committed to what we were supposed to be doing,” Romar said.
And now looms Pac-12 leader Oregon (17-2, 6-0) on Saturday.