Wilcox Goes Nuts in UW Victory

SEATTLE - Washington used a career day from C.J. Wilcox, as well as an unfortunate injury to Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie, to propel the Huskies to a 71-54 win over the No. 15 Buffaloes Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena. The UW senior guard had a career-high 31 points, including seven three-pointers.

Wilcox scored 21 of his 31 points - the most scored since his 30-point outburst earlier this year against Boston College in Madison Square Garden - in the second half, with 15 of those points coming on 5-6 shooting from the three-point line.

"C.J. was, obviously, sensational. He was in a zone," said UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar after the game. "When he is in a zone, he is pretty special."

Andrew Andrews added 14 and Nigel Williams-Goss 12 for the Huskies (11-6, 3-1), who out-scored Colorado (14-3, 2-2) in the back-court 61-20.

Part of that was due to the injury to the talented Dinwiddle, who crumpled to the floor with an apparent knee injury with 2:52 remaining in the half and Colorado up 25-22. The Buffaloes stayed up three at halftime but couldn't overcome a hot-shooting Husky team in the second half without their top scorer.

We'll find out where he's at, but I think it was definitely an emotional blow to our team in the second half," said Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle. "I thought we finished the first half well. I don't know if we were going on fumes or what, but the second half, boy we shot ourselves in the foot. You turn the ball over 20 times against a good team and you've got six assists, it's just a recipe for disaster."

Colorado's other main guard, junior Askia Booker, was harassed all night by the Dawg Pack. Usually good for 14 points a night, Booker was held scoreless by the Huskies on 0-9 shooting.

"I think when Spencer went down he tried to really force things and he's not good when he forces things," Boyle said of Booker.

But for the most part, it was the C.J. Wilcox show, as he made a three-pointer to start out the second half and never really cooled off. The Huskies as a team shot 67 percent in the second half.

"I don't know if it was the dynamic of the team that changed without (Dinwiddie), or me being free more without him guarding me," Wilcox said post-game. "But I got more open looks after that."

Andrew Andrews hit another three-pointer to give UW their first lead since the 11:53 mark of the first half, and then the Huskies went on a 21-9 extended run that culminated in an Andews layin that gave Washington a 53-39 advantage with 12:25 left in the game.

Despite being out-rebounded by the bigger Colorado front court, Washington hung together and pressured the Buffaloes to the point where they had nothing offensively but forward Josh Scott, who led CU with 15 points.

"I was proud of our guys tonight," Romar said. "Our guys scrapped, played hard. I thought our team played excellent basketball offensively and defensively as a team. We did it as a team, and that was great to see."

Statistics:
Points: Wilcox 31, Andrews 14, Williams-Goss 12, Johnson 5, Anderson 3, Blackwell 2, Simmons 2, Kemp 2
Rebounds: Anderson 10, Blackwell 5, Wilcox 4, TEAM 3, Williams-Goss, Andrews 2, Johnson 2, Simmons 2
Assists: Blackwell 3, Williams-Goss 2, Andrews 2, Wilcox 2, Anderson 1
Blocks: Wilcox 4, Blackwell 1, Andrews 1
Steals: Williams-Goss 2, Andrews 2, Wilcox 2


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