Huskies lose again at MSG

A career-high 30-point effort from senior guard C.J. Wilcox couldn't keep the Washington Huskies from losing their second-straight game in New York City. Four Boston College Eagles scored in double figures as BC took care of the Huskies 89-78 Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden as part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Huskies (2-3) return to Seattle with a losing record after getting beat by Indiana 102-84 Thursday night. The loss was the seventh straight at MSG for Washington. The Huskies' only win was in their first game ever at the Garden, a 72-48 victory over NYU in 1941.

Joe Rahon scored 22 points and Olivier Hanlan 20 for the Eagles (2-4), as they jumped to a 12-point halftime lead and never really relinquished it. Ryan Anderson chipped in 18 for BC, and Lonnie Jackson scored 10 on 3-6 shooting from three.

Washington got 12 points from Andrew Andrews and 11 from freshman guard Darin Johnson, but it was Wilcox's 30 that kept them in the game. The 30 bests the 28 he scored Thursday versus IU, his previous career-high. He also scored 28 points last year in a loss to Colorado State. It was the fourth-straight game for Wilcox where he has scored at least 20 points.

The Huskies allowed BC, like IU, to get off to a quick start. After missing their first two three-point attempts, the Eagles then made eight in a row, jumping out to a 37-21 lead with 7:17 remaining to half.

At one point Boston College had ten straight trips to the offensive end of the floor with at least a two-point basket.

"They started the game really well, they hit a lot of open shots," Wilcox said. "The whole team did a phenomenal job sharing the ball."

After getting out-rebounded by over 20 versus Indiana, Washington improved their number but was still handled on the boards 36-30.

"We just have to take away what we did wrong and right…we have to get the rebounding thing figured out," said Wilcox. "We know what we need to work on and we were able to see that here."

The end of the half was emblematic of Washington's troubles in New York City. The Huskies tried to milk the shot clock all the way to the end so they could get the last shot of the half, but ended up not pulling the trigger on a jumper before the clock ran out. With just a few seconds remaining, Hanlan took an inbounds feed and went all the way to the basket uncontested to give BC a 12-point lead at half.

"We did a good job of sticking together, even when things were going wrong," Wilcox said. "We're going to get this defensive thing figured out."

The Huskies had some nicks, as Shawn Kemp and Nigel Williams-Goss seems to come up with a couple of knee knocks but eventually came back in to play. Kemp

As a result, UW played with basically a six-man rotation, including four new faces: true freshmen Williams-Goss and Johnson, as well as juco transfer Anderson and senior transfer Perris Blackwell.

"It's tough to throw some freshmen into a situation like this early," said Wilcox. "It's a good learning experience and I think it's good that we're doing it now instead of later."

Washington tries to kill their current losing streak Tuesday when they host Montana at Alaska Airlines Arena. Tip is at 6 pm and the game is on the Pac-12 Networks.

Points: Wilcox 30, Andrews 12, Johnson 11, Blackwell 8, Anderson 8, Williams-Goss 6, Kemp 3
Rebounds: Anderson 7, Wilcox 4, Andrews 4, Blackwell 3, Williams-Goss 3, Johnson 2, Kemp 1, Taylor 1
Assists: Andrews 4, Wilcox 3, Williams-Goss 3, Blackwell 1
Steals: Wilcox 1, Anderson 1, Stewart 1
Blocks: none Top Stories