(1090 The Fan) — C.J. Wilcox continued his consistent run to start his senior season as he led five Washington double-digit scorers with 17 points and carried the Huskies to a 76-65 victory over favored Arizona State.
For Wilcox, it was the 16th consecutive contest in which he has accounted for 15 or more points. Andrew Andrews scored 14 points and point guard Nigel Williams-Goss added 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists to the Huskies’ cause.
Washington (9-5, 1-0) built a 17-point halftime lead, 40-23, due in large part to its transition game. With Wilcox and Williams-Goss leading the way, the Huskies got up and down the floor to stress the Sun Devils defensively. Washington shot over 60 percent in the first half.
As expected, Arizona State (11-3, 0-1) made a run to get back into the game which came just out of the half. The Sun Devils reeled off nine straight points to close to within 10 points at 44-34 with 16 minutes left.
But the Huskies held firm on the road. A 24-11 run over the next eight minutes of game play essentially put the Sun Devils away.
On paper, the Sun Devils presented a terrible matchup for Washington which came in has one of the worst statistical defensive teams in NCAA division I. A team with both size and speed, that scores nearly 80 points a game and shoots a good percentage from the field.
Despite that, Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar recently spoke confidently about the improvement in his team’s defense and it showed in the first half against Arizona State, holding the team to its lowest output thus far this season (23).
Arizona State was led by point guard Jahii Carson with 15 points and Kentridge High School product Shaquielle McKissic who had 13 points and five rebounds. The Huskies did a good job on Carson, forcing him into four turnovers to just one assist, and four points below his season average.
The win allows Washington to savor at least a split on this Arizona road trip which takes the team to Tucson on Saturday to play No. 1 Arizona.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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