Huskies shoot down Ducks

CJ Wilcox had 24 points on a variety of shots both inside and out to pace the Huskies to a 76-60 win over Oregon this evening in Seattle. Wilcox connected on 8 of 11 shots including six of 8 from three point range.

Tony Wroten added 17 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds, scoring all of his points in the paint. Abdul Gaddy had a very efficient 12 points, connecting on all three of his three-point shots, and Terrence Ross added 11. Desmond Simmons was scrappy on the defensive end, nabbing six boards and dishing three assists.

E.J. Singler had 20 points to pace the Ducks, along with 9 rebounds. Garrett Sim added 13 points as the only other Duck to hit for double figures.

Washington played tough defense tonight as the visitors could only connect on 33% of their shots. The Huskies had a bazaar night of shooting, connecting on 54% from the field, 55% from three point range, and just 46% from the free throw line. Oregon outrebounded the Huskies 36-34, and both teams turned the ball over 15 times. The biggest difference in the game was Washington's 12 for 22 from three point range. Oregon could only manage 5 for 23 from beyond the arc.

First Half Washington 41, Oregon 30

The two teams opened up with aggressive man-on-man defenses and both throwing offensive haymakers at one another. Aziz N'Diaye put up the first four points of the game. Oregon answered with 7 straight thanks to EJ Singler and Garrett Sim. The Huskies then got some three point barrages from Gaddy, Wilcox, and Ross. A Wroten jam in transition brought the crowd to its feet and gave the Huskies a 5 point lead. Darnell Gant made his presence felt early with three rebounds in the first 8 minutes.

When Tony Wroten hit a coast to coast driving lay-in, the Huskies opened up their biggest lead of the half at 19-11. Oregon clawed back with some good offensive rebounding by Singler and three missed free-throws by Wroten. Singler began to heat up from the outside as well. His second trey of the game cut the lead to 24-22 with 8:00 to go in the half.

That was the point in the game that N'Diaye exerted his presence into the game, blocking two Oregon shots on the same possession. The result was a Husky run that began with a Simmons jumper from 20, followed by a Wroten-to-Gaddy beautiful pass and lay in to bring the Hec-Ed partisans to their feet, prompting Dana Altman to call time out.

It didn't help. Aziz missed a gimmie but Oregon turned the ball over on the rebound. The ball squirted to Simmons, who hit Wilcox on the right wing. He downed a three pointer. On the next possession Wroten drove the lane for two and the Huskies were up 33-22. The roars were deafening.

Washington took their biggest lead of the half at 41-28 on a Wroten drive in serious traffic. The half ended with a Tony Woods dunk on an Oregon offensive rebound.

The two teams exchanged baskets, but then came a seven minute delay as Tony Wroten and Olu Ashaolu got tangled up running back down the floor. When they got up a verbal altercation broke out, resulting in two technical fouls. The Ducks seemed to respond well after that, taking advantage of two Husky misses and a Wilcox turnver, closing the gap to 47-40 with 15:00 left.

Back to back Singler lay-ins sandwiched around a Wroten drive that was denied at the rim by Tony Woods made it a four point game at 48-44, causing Lorenzo Romar to call time out.

The Dawgs responded. Wilcox stopped the bleeding by hitting a 24-footer in transition. After a Jacob deuce, Wilcox fired and hit again, pushing the lead back to a 54-46 lead as the game ticked under 12:00 to go. Simmons then jumped in front of Ashaolu to take a charge and Wilcox his at driving shot in the lane. A Terrence Ross trey pushed it to a 13 point advantage. Just before the 8:00 media time out, Wilcox hit another runner in the lane and Gaddy drained a three to make it 64-49.

Gaddy hit another three from the top of the key to give the Huskies a 17-point lead, their largest of the night.

The Ducks got a little bit of momentum but when Ashaolu blew a dunk attempt and knocked the ball out of bounds, the Huskies took over with 3:56 left and a 71-57 lead.

The next time down the floor, Wroten sent the fans into hysterics when he drove for yet another lay in through the Defense and then ran down to the other end of the floor in time to swat away a three-point attempt by Johnathan Loyd. The block was a thing of beauty, as he had to elevate, control his body so that he didn't slam into the shooter, and catch the attempt after the shot had left Loyd's hand. It was amazing.

The game was out of reach and the Huskies are now 2-0 to open Pac 12 play.
Duck-Duck-Goose….Thug: With 15:50 left in the second half and the score tied 47-36, after a Wroten aggressive drive and miss, Olu Ashaolu flattened the Husky freshman on their way up the floor. The two entered into an extremely verbal confrontation in which Darnell Gant got involved on behalf of the mugged freshman, getting in Ashaolu's ear. The officials wisely stopped play and went to the monitors, which resulted in a double technical, one on Ashaolu for being a thug and one on Gant for jawing. Later in the game Ashao-thug slammed into Desmond Simmons after clanking a dunk attempt, but no foul was called.

Wounded Duck: After a Wilcox turnover, Carlos Emery drove uncontested down the floor and absolutely whiffed on a dunk attempt to the crowd's delight. He elevated to the side of the rim and got in too deep, jamming the ball off of the bottom of the rim and landing out of bounds with the ball still in his arms.

Hurry up, Dawgman! I got a call from Grinolds at 2:30, showed up at KJR at 4:30 to do the radio gig this afternoon regarding the coaching changes on the football program, was on the air until 6:27, then drove like a bat out of a very warm place and got to Hec Ed JUST before tip at 7:05. Good thing I'm in decent shape. The run in from E-1 with my laptop slung around my neck was a workout.

Dynamic duo Romar found success subbing in C.J. Wilcox and Desmond Simmons at the same time. Wilcox brings a shooting presence and another long defender while Simmons is the junk yard dawg, doing everything. When they head to the floor, usually it's to give N'Diaye and Gant a breather. About every third rotation Martin Breunig enters for Ross. That appears to be the eight-man rotation for now. If it weren't for Suggs injury, clearly Breunig's minutes would dwindle and Wroten's would take a slight dip as well.

"Kyle's Better": When EJ Singler went to the line at the 4:37 mark of the first half, that was what the Dawgpack was chanting, referencing his brother. It didn't help as Singler drained both, but it drew a smile from even the Oregon bench. Top Stories