(1090 The Fan) — Fueled by yet another clutch shooting performance from star guard C.J. Wilcox, the Washington Huskies held off Oregon for a 80-76 win at Alaska Airlines Arena, Thursday night.
Wilcox made three clutch baskets in the final five minutes, including a key 3-pointer with the Huskies up just one at 73-72 with 44 seconds left, to keep Washington in the lead as the Ducks made their rally. The senior finished with 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including 5-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Andrew Andrews had 17 points and Perris Blackwell added 15 points and four rebounds to help the Huskies hand their rival from Eugene its fifth consecutive Pac-12 conference loss.
Oregon (13-5, 1-5) fought hard the entire game, but could never re-gain the lead after Washington surged in front midway through the second half. Leading scorer Joseph Young scored 18 points and Richard Amardi added 11 points and nine rebounds to lead a balanced scoring effort from the Ducks.
The Ducks came in as the third highest scoring team in the country at 87.4 points per game, but were held to just 43 percent shooting and 76 points by a Huskies defense that has been playing much better in conference play.
The Ducks led for much of the first half, eventually carrying a slim 35-33 lead into the break behind the efforts of Damyean Dotson who had a couple of key put-backs in his six first half points.
In the second half, Washington got out to a quick start behind the interior play of Blackwell as he scored 12 quick points to put the Huskies in a tie at 47-47. A subsequent hustle play by Darin Johnson and 3-pointer from Wilcox, had the Huskies ahead 53-49 with 11:41 to play.
It was a lead Wilcox wouldn’t let the team relinquish.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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