Playing in his final game at the Alaska Airlines Arena, Washington senior C.J. Wilcox scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals to lead the Huskies.
Washington (16-14, 8-9) had won two in a row and looked sharp early on as the team shot nearly 59 percent from the field in the first half to take a 45-41 lead, but UCLA out-scored the Huskies 50-37 in the final 20 minutes to secure the win.
Nigel Williams-Goss scored 17 points and Andrew Andrews added 16 points to carry the Huskies to just their third win in the past eight games.
With 23 points, Wilcox passed Jon Brockman (1,805 points) for second on Washington’s all-time scoring list as Washington snapped a 7-game road losing streak with the blowout victory.
The loss was Washington’s (14-13, 6-8) fifth in its last six games and dropped the team further down in the Pac-12 conference standings where it currently sits eighth.
Mike Moser scored 20 points and Joseph Young finished with 18 to lead Oregon (17-8, 5-8) which shot 57 percent from the field for the contest.
Washington (14-12, 6-7) struggled from the field, finishing at just 36 percent for the game. The loss dropped the Huskies down to eighth in the Pac-12 conference standings with three weeks to the regular season remaining.
Wilcox made three clutch baskets in the final five minutes 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.
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.
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.
The Huskies concluded their nonconference play with consecutive wins over mid-major squads, this one coming against Hartford, a team from the American East. With Pac-12 play beginning in four days, the Huskies are hoping they are mentally prepared for the challenges to come.