UW Loses To Indiana

Indiana used balanced scoring as four of their starters combined for 76 points and the Hoosiers defeated Washington 102-84 in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden in New York City Thursday night. The Huskies (2-2) were led by the 24 points of C.J. Wilcox.

Indiana (5-0) started the game on a 7-0 run and never looked back, running leads up as large as 22 points during the game.

"We might have been a little bit tight coming out," UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game. "We didn't quit, that's for sure. We tried to finish strong. We shot ourselves in the foot by not rebounding the basketball."

Washington brought IU's lead back to nine with 16:05 left after a Nigel Williams-Goss layin, but after a television timeout Indiana went back to work, pushing their advantage to 77-61 a little over seven minutes later.

The Hoosiers were led by the 22 points of Troy Williams. Yogi Ferrell had 20 and Noah Vonleh 18. Will Sheehey scored 16 points. Besides Wilcox's 24, Washington had four other scorers in double-figures - Perris Blackwell and Andrew Andrews with 14, Williams-Goss with 13 and Mike Anderson 11. Blackwell also added 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Huskies.

"He was like a one-man gang in there alone," Romar said of Blackwell. "Shawn (Kemp) got into foul trouble early - we just weren't able to overcome anything."

The game started out poorly for the Huskies. Kemp junior was called for an offensive foul and it never got any better for the 6-9 junior. He fouled out with 7:23 left in the game after picking up his fourth foul only 61 seconds into the second half.

Meanwhile, with the Huskies playing with a smaller lineup for the majority of the game - Indiana took over on offense.

"They scored 50 points in the first half, at least 19 of them were second-chance points," Romar said. "We were defending well, but their ability to get the second shot was our demise tonight."

Overall the Huskies were out-rebounded 51-30, which was more of the same for the Hoosiers, who had been out-boarding opponents by nearly 20 heading into the game. IU had 21 offensive rebounds, while UW had 16.

"We were prepared for (their size) but couldn't get over that hump," Andrews said. "Every team is good. You could play the lowest team in Division-1 and they can give you a run for your money if you're not playing hard."

Washington relied on their senior sharpshooter Wilcox for points when things broke down. He finished the night 9-20 from the field and 2-10 from three.

"He was very aggressive," Romar said of Wilcox.

Washington gets less than 18 hours rest before they jump right back into action as they play Boston College (1-4) Friday at 2 pm PT. The Eagles lost to Connecticut 72-70 in the first game of the evening at MSG.

"They are going to be a load to defend because they spread you out and they drive and kick and have three-point shooters all over the floor," Romar said of BC.

"I wouldn't have it any other way. I can't wait to play," Andrews said.

Points: Wilcox 24, Blackwell 14, Andrews 14, Williams-Goss 13, Anderson 11, Johnson 8
Rebounds: Blackwell 10, Anderson 6, Wilcox 2, Williams-Goss 2, Dierickx 2, Kemp 1
Assists: Andrews 4, Williams-Goss 4, Anderson 2
Steals: Anderson 3, Blackwell 1, Williams-Goss 1
Blocks: Blackwell 4, Dierickx 1

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