Wilcox’s 31 Powers Washington To Victory
(1090 The Fan) — An injury to one star guard, left the game in the hands of the other, Sunday afternoon in Seattle.
No. 15-ranked Colorado (14-3, 2-2) watched its leading scorer, Spencer Dinwiddie, suffer an apparent knee injury late in the first half, needing to be helped off the court not to return. With Dinwiddie gone, C.J. Wilcox took over to lead Washington to a 71-54 upset win at the Alaska Airlines Arena.
Wilcox finished with 31 points on 12-for-18 shooting, including a career-best 7-for-12 from the beyond the arc. The senior guard had 10 points in the first half, but it was the opening portion of the second that saw him take over, largely due to the absence of the 6-foot-6 Dinwiddie.
With Washington (11-6, 3-1) trailing 29-26 to enter the second stanza, Wilcox led a 27-10 blitz to seize a 53-39 lead and the game with 12:39 remaining. Wilcox accounted for 16 points during the run, including four 3-pointers and a key steal and lay-in, and Colorado crumbled.
The loss of Dinwiddie coupled with Wilcox’s shooting seemed to leave a 15th-ranked Buffaloes squad a little shell-shocked. The finish had to disappoint Colorado head coach Tad Boyle who watched his team play a solid first half on the road.
The Buffaloes used their superior size and athleticism in the front court to control the glass and generate second-chance points which were responsible for the 3-point difference.
Late in the defensive struggle of the first half, Dinwiddie fell to the floor as his knee buckled when he attempted to slide to his right on a drive. Dinwiddie was helped off the court a few minutes later but he wouldn’t return. The junor guard finished with seven points and one assist in 15 minutes.
His loss really hurt the defense as well, though, as Wilcox had no trouble getting open and shooting over his smaller defender in the second half.
Andrew Andrews added 14 points, Nigel Williams-Goss 12 and Mike Anderson had 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies, which have now won six of their last eight games.
The Huskies will travel to the Bay Area this week for showdowns with Cal and Stanford as they look to continue their hot play.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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