(1090 The Fan) — Andrew Andrews scored 19 points as Washington returned home with a 59-57 victory over conference rival Utah, Wednesday.
The Huskies had to hold off a late Utah rally which saw the Utes miss a potential game-winning 3-point try as time expired. Delon Wright scored a game-high 27 points to lead Utah (12-3, 1-2).
Andrews was 8-for-14 from the field with 12 of his 19 points coming over the final 20 minutes. C.J. Wilcox added 14 points and point guard Nigel Williams-Goss finished with 13 points.
A strong defensive effort from Washington (10-6, 2-1) enabled it to hold off a solid Utes team which entered third in the Pac-12 in scoring with an 85.5 points-per-game average. The Huskies limited the Utes to 41.5 percent shooting for the game.
Since conference play began last week, Washington has played a much more intense and aggressive defensive game which has helped the team open up 2-1 in league play thus far.
After the Huskies took a 26-21 lead into the break, the second half saw each team generate a double-digit swing of momentum for their respective side within the first eight minutes.
Utah (12-2, 1-1) got its first, beginning the half on a 12-4 run that saw them open up a 33-30 lead. It wouldn’t last the Utes long, however, as Washington answered with a 13-2 run of its own behind the play of Wilcox and Williams-Goss.
It was the freshman Williams-Goss who ended the Utes’ run with a pull-up jumper. The defense then put together a couple of stops and Wilcox hit consecutive 3-point field goals to put UW ahead 41-35 with 11:45 remaining.
Washington continues its homestand, Sunday versus No. 15 Colorado (14-2, 3-0).
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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