BY Bob Sherwin 06:08PM 03/03/2011

Huskies tough down stretch for 70-63 win

Washington gets needed victory over UCLA to enhance its post-season credentials.

Washington center Aziz N'Diaye battled with Josh Smith all night. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

Washington 70, UCLA 63

Date: March 3, 2011

Venue: Hec Edmunson Pavilion

City: Seattle

Attendance: 10,000

A desperate Washington team dug down and played tough defense to hold off automated UCLA 70-63. Most of the shooting was ugly. Enter C.J. Wilcox. The redshirt freshman scored 24 points in the second half, putting together what coach Lorenzo Romar called one of the most remarkable halves in the history of the program. Wilcox needed just 10 shots to score his 24 points. The win was Washington’s 20th and likely sealed an NCAA Tournament bid.

Star of the game
C.J. Wilcox Scored 24 points, all in the second half.

Play of the game
With the shot clock running down, Wilcox hit a deep leaning jump shot and was fouled by Jerime Anderson. Wilcox made the subsequent free throw to push Washington’s lead to 61-53 with 2:05 remaining.

Misplay of the game
Aziz N’Diaye lost a chance at a sure dunk when the ball slipped through his hands and up into the air.

Highlights

  • Matthew Bryan-Amaning slammed an alley-oop in the first half.

Notable

  • Aziz N’Diaye Scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds while battling UCLA’s Josh Smith.
  • Terrence Ross Was just 0-for-1 in four minutes of play.
  • C.J. Wilcox Scored a career-high 24 points, all in the second half.
  • Darnell Gant Scored five points and pulled in two rebounds in 23 minutes.
  • Venoy Overton Scored 10 points and was a key to pressuring the UCLA ball-handlers out top.
  • Scott Suggs Returned from knee injury and helped stabilize things defensively. Was 1-for-3 from the field.
  • Justin Holiday Was 1-for-8 from the field but held talented UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt to an 0-for-6 performance. Added five rebounds and five assists.
  • Matthew Bryan-Amaning Struggled to finish at the rim once again, but finished with 13 rebounds.
  • Isaiah Thomas Had an abysmal day from the field, shooting 3-for-12. Had as many assists (3) as turnovers (3).

Said

  • “You rarely see a freshman take a team and put a team on his back like he did in the second half.” Lorenzo Romar, Washington coach, on C.J. Wilcox
  • “Yeah. You always want to win when you come home.” Josh Smith, UCLA center, on his first game back in Seattle
  • “Tonight it was me, it could be anybody tomorrow.” — C.J. Wilcox, Washington guard, on his big night

Numbers

  • 41. Number of points Washington scored in the last two first halfs at home combined. Seventeen against Washington State, 24 against UCLA.
  • 70. Percentage C.J. Wilcox (7-for-10) shot from the field against UCLA.
  • 40. Rebounds for each team.
  • 7. Three-pointers attempted by C.J. Wilcox.
  • 8. Three-pointers attempted by the rest of the Huskies.

YourThoughts

  • jerry

    Hopefully this win, along with the clutch play of C.J Wilcox, will wake up the slumbering duo of Isaiah Thomas and MBA. These guys appear to be locked in a tight battle to see who can contribute the least during crucial home games.

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  • Gc Rolander

    Art, you are the prototypical downer Seattle sports fan. I’m glad you’ve been banished to this dark corner of the internet.

    • spudzDP

      I think you meant “typical” rather than “prototypical,” which implies that Art is the prototype of the “downer Seattle sports fan.”  I am sure there were downer Seattle sports fans before Mr. Thiel.  Now go back to your brightly lighted corner of the internet, and leave us alone here in the darkness.

  • KevinD

    I gave up on reading Thiel’s articles when he was at the PI (or was it the Times?  … same thing.) because his Husky articles were so mean-spirited.  Unlike Jim Moore who loved to bash the Huskies, but did it with humor and tongue-in-cheek.

    So I figured I’d give Thiel a 2nd chance now that he’s working someplace new.   Nope … same ol’ bile from Thiel.  This is the last article I will read from Thiel.

    • Michael Kaiser

      No it is not.  Say something original.  

  • Steve59

    Great column.  You are right-on.  And, nothing will happen.

  • spudzDP

    Mark Emmert reminds me of Gorbachev who, after becoming the leader of the Soviet Union, helped to bring it all crumbling down, basically ending Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe. I doubt that Gorby had that intention when he came to power, but he facilitated it with his personality, his relative youth and his new school attitude.  Communism was already falling apart, but it needed someone like Gorbachev to help kick it down the stairs.  Emmert might be in that same position as far as the NCAA goes.
    He is younger than most of the senior citizens who ran the NCAA before, so he is probably more open to new ideas and new ways of looking at things.  This could open the door to paying athletes — not like professional football players, but on a scale perceived to insure college players won’t be as tempted to accept illegal payments.  This will be the beginning of the end of the NCAA.  It will come crashing down faster than any bust of Lenin ever did.  Once the cash begins trickling down, every thing will change. The athletes might benefit, but the entire landscape will go through a radical makeover.  The loss of the NCAA is no great tragedy, but Saturdays will never be the same.  

  • Anonymous Coward

    OK, pay the athletes to make up the difference between expenses covered by a scholarship and actual costs.  But can you pay them enough so the kid won’t still be tempted by a big-money sleaze ball agent who can put the kid’s family in a nice house rent free or set up anything goes weekends at a resort?  The problem is still there whether you pay them or not.  Effective enforcement and penalties will still be needed.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    “The likeliest solution, which is already on the drawing board in some
    form, is for the top 64 schools to break away from the NCAA and form
    their own professional association of four super-conferences, with
    limited connections to the universities and the old rulebook.”

    They can call it the Premier League.

    [Oops, that name's already taken.]

  • 1coolguy

    Come on Art – If the coaches are liable with JAIL TIME as the consequence, this whole issue becomes moot.
    You know it, I know it and Emmert knows it.

    The NCAA only needs to establish rules that result in jail time – it’s not that tough.

    End of strory.

    • Anon

      The NCAA rules are not law, and the NCAA is not the government so they can not make their rules have the power of law. 

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  • spudzDP

    Oh Husky fans, why do you need constant ass kissing.  Why does Art have to praise the Udub’s football program to the heavens in order to satisfy your Taliban like fanaticism?  I mean this team has sucked for quite a while now, and last year they finally made it to average.  So what?  
    This reminds of the time Oregon kicked the Dawg’s ass in Husky Stadium a few years ago, and a reporter asked one of Ducks how it felt to beat the Huskies on the Huskies’ home field, and the player (can’t remember who) said something nonchalant, like,”We try to play as good away as we do at our place.”  The reporter appeared a bit taken back with the player’s lack of excitement after beating their “arch rival” and all.  But the truth was that the rivalry between the two teams had become a one sided affair.  That train had left the station several years ago. The Ducks real rivals were now USC or Stanford or even the Beavers – anyone but Washington (well – and WSU.)  
    Oh Husky Fans, why does your arrogance linger so?

  • Btickle27

    Uhmmm… I don’t know what delusional world you live in duckie, but enjoy it while you can.  This past decade that you’ve enjoyed without a lot of success bowl wise is laughable even with daddy Phil’s money.  You can’t buy tradition or respect, which the ducks have none.  You’re more known for your outrageous uniforms and now Willie Lyles than your play on the field.   Oh, Duck Fans, why do your delusions of grandeur linger so?

  • Sales

    No arrogance here Spudz, simply a strong fan following who watched a string of crappy coaches run (what was) arguably the dominant program in the Pac10/12 into the ground… sooo should we not want to bounce back or be excited about what appears to be th beggining of that bounceback? should we not want to get back to stomping a mudhole in the ducks year after year? I think not, to the best of my knowledge the ducks have a losing record against the huskies… so perhaps, just maybe you should stop worrying about what we’re doing and excitd about up here in Seattle, and focus moreso on keeping your players out of jail, off suspension or just getting straight booted off your squad… oh ya, arogance comes in many forms, just like the 213 different uniforms you have, half of which don’t even rep your schools colors. must be fun to play dress up, unless your uni’s have fake diamond plating and robofeathers on them that is.

  • spudzDP

    I hate to burst your bubble, but I am not a Duck nor am I a Duck fan.  I am an objective Husky supporter who has been following them for several years.  What I trying to say wass that many Husky Nation folks cannot stand any honest criticism of their program.   They believe this is disloyal.  They act like an army of Tyrone Willinghams – frozen paranoid and unable to break free from their rigid routine.
    You see, I was just using an interview with a Duck player to make the point that many Husky fans were so full of themselves that they believed the old rivalry between the Huskies and the Ducks was still going strong.  You guys read this and just saw the word “Duck.”  Your reptilian brain took over and you turned into a little Tyrone —  yapping like a pissed off little pug.  Come on, now.  Calm down.  Who’s a good dawg?  Whooo’s a good dawg?  That’s right.  Yooouuuu are — feel better?

  • spudzDP

    See reply to Btickle27