With spring ball weeks away, Huskies coach Chris Petersen is eager to see who will exceed his staff’s expectations.
Despite the double-digit loss, the Cougars had a good beginning. The team held 8-3, 17-10 and eventually 31-24 leads, the latter being the score at halftime. But, as has been the case for the Cougars all season, their lead was not foolproof.
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.
D.J. Shelton, who scored 1o points Thursday, was the only other double-figure scorer for the Cougars who now continue their road trip with games at Oregon and Washington next week before closing the season out at home.
Que Johnson scored 14 points and DaVonte Lacy finished with 13 points to lead Washington State (9-16, 2-11) which again fell behind early and couldn’t recover.
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 finished with 17 points and Nigel Williams-Goss added 16 points and five assists. Perhaps the biggest contribution for the Huskies, though, came from guard Mike Anderson who finished with 13 points including two key back-to-back 3-pointers which capped a 12-2 run over the first three minutes of the second half to give Washington a 39-36 lead.
Lacy was everything for the Cougars, Wednesday. The junior guard finished 10-for-20 from the field including 8-for-15 from 3-point range with 26 points in the second half alone.
The Huskies were led by freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss who scored 15 points and delivered four assists. Leading-scorer and All-Pac-12 guard C.J. Wilcox was held to just eight points on 2-for-10 shooting from the field including 0-for-7 from beyond the arc.
DaVonte Lacy scored 20 points and D.J. Shelton finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cougars in the losing effort. No other player had more than seven points for the Cougars.