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Updated: Friday, February 11, 2005 3:49 AM EST
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(11) Washington 95, Oregon 88 (ot)

EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- The experience of senior guard Will Conroy held off a talented young Oregon squad.

Conroy scored 12 of his 17 points in the final six-plus minutes to propel No. 11 Washington to a 95-88 overtime victory over Oregon in a Pac-10 Conference thriller.

"Coach (Lorenzo Romar) always puts that confidence in me because he has seen me do it plenty of times where I take over games late," Conroy said.

Despite starting three sophomores and two freshman, the Ducks (11-9, 3-8 Pac-10) led for most of the first half and hung tight with the Huskies down the stretch, taking a 79-74 lead behind a pair of free throws by Aaron Brooks with 58 seconds remaining.

Conroy answered with a layup six seconds later and, after two missed free throws by Oregon forward Jordan Kent, tied the contest at 79-79 on a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left.

After driving the lane and passing to Joel Smith in the left corner, Conroy got the ball back, faked a move to the basket and pulled back to knock down his second 3-pointer of the game.

Brooks attempted to win the game for the Ducks with eight seconds left, but his layup in the lane bounced out and two follow shots fell short.

In overtime, Conroy opened with a driving layup, Brandon Roy completed a three-point play and Conroy added another layup to make it 88-82 with 2:26 remaining. Roy added four more points in the closing minutes to seal Washington's first 20-win season in seven years.

"It's very sweet," said Conroy, who had a number of local relatives in the stands. "It's tremendous for me to get my first win here at Oregon. It's been a long time."

The Huskies had lost their previous three meetings here before recording their first sweep in the series since 1997-98.

Conroy, who reached 1,000 career points on a 3-pointer with 6:56 left in the second half, shot 7-of-11 with seven assists and Nate Robinson scored 23 points, going 11-of-16 on free throws, for the Huskies (20-3, 10-2), who pulled back into a tie with Arizona atop the league standings. Arizona beat Southern California, 88-76, earlier Thursday.

Roy recorded his second straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Bobby Jones scored 16 points for Washington, which overcame a 46-34 rebounding deficit and 36 personal fouls for its fourth straight win.

Kent finished with a career-high 19 points and 16 rebounds while Brooks chipped in 15 points for Oregon, which absorbed its sixth straight loss.

Freshmen Chamberlain Oguchi scored 13 points and Maarty Leunen added 12 for the Ducks, who played without center Ian Crosswhite, who was suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.


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