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
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.
- Matthew Bryan-Amaning slammed an alley-oop in the first half.
- Aziz NDiaye 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).
- “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
- 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.