Cal (13-4, 4-0) remained undefeated in Pac-12 conference play by out-shooting the Huskies 55 percent to 30 percent from the field.
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.
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.
The final score really did not indicate just how competitive this Pac-12 conference contest was. Washington led for a good portion in this one, playing with a consistent effort that had been seldom seen from the squad this season.
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.
Before the Huskies get to face the No. 1-ranked Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, they face an 11-2 Arizona State team that can shoot well and boasts one of the quicker point guards in the league in sophomore Jahii Carson. Carson is averaging 19.3 points and 5.3 assists per game so far this season.
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.
Connecticut (10-1) head coach Kevin Ollie’s elite backcourt tandem of Napier and Ryan Boatright proved too quick for its Washington counterparts. Boatright added 16 points as the duo combined for 36 points to lead UConn to its 10th win.
C.J. Wilcox scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures and Washington overcame an overall sloppy performance to escape with a 73-62 win at Tulane on Tuesday night.
Xavier Thames scored 19 points, and No. 24 San Diego State rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Washington 70-63 on Sunday.