BY SPNW Staff 08:16PM 11/13/2011

Huskies Handle Florida Atlantic, Improve to 2-0

The University of Washington basketball team had a surprisingly close game against Florida Atlantic in the World Vision Classic, but Wilcox’s 19 points helps avoid the upset.

Washington's C.J. Wilcox scored 19 points in Washington's 77-71 win over Florida Atlantic at Alaska Airlines Arena Sunday. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

C.J. Wilcox led four University of Washington players in double figures with 19 points as the Huskies registered a surprisingly narrow 77-71 victory over Florida Atlantic in the second round of the World Vision Classic at Alaska Airlines Arena Sunday night.

Abdul Gaddy added 15 points (and six assists), Terrence Ross 14 and Aziz N’Diaye 13 (as well as 12 rebounds) for Washington, which improved to 2-0. The Huskies shot just 38.1 percent and made only 68.8 percent of their free throws.

Kore White drilled a 3-pointer to pull Florida Atlantic within 74-70 with 1:21 left, but missed another long attempt on the Owls’ next possession. Gaddy had the rebound, was fouled, and hit both free throws with 38 seconds remaining to put the Huskies comfortably ahead.

Greg Gantt had 14 points to lead Florida Atlantic (0-2), which also struggled at the free-throw line, hitting just 13 of 25 attempts. Washington (2-0) went 24 of 35 from the line.

The Huskies play Portland University at 7 p.m. Monday, then will be idle until Nov. 20 when they travel to St. Louis to take on the Billikens, a team once coached by Lorenzo Romar.

Before Washington plays Oregon State in the Pac-12 opener Dec. 29, the Huskies will play two games at Madison Square Garden in New York City — against No. 22 Marquette Dec. 6, and against No. 6 Duke Dec. 10.


  • Cruddly

    I don’t know who needed this game more — the Huskies — to stop the bleeding and set the course right, or the Cougars — to save the coach’s job, and just to win a damn game.  I guess the Huskies, since they were headed in the wrong direction and falling fast.  This win propels them into the post season with a little momentum.  Let’s just hope they don’t end up playing Nebraska in some god awful bowl on ESPN 19 where the stands are half empty and the temperature hover around 35.

  • 1coolguy

    If Holt ever earns his paycheck and gets the defense to perform, the Dawgs will be unbeatable!

    Go Dawgs!

  • headoutofsand

    Aw, why does Art or any of the rest of us need to “eat our words” over a missed prediction?  Even the supposed know-it-alls who set the lines in Las Vegas don’t have that great a winning percentage, overall.  And that gets to the heart of why none of us should get all cuckoo when our “favored” team ends up losing.  It’s one thing to step out on the ledge when the Huskies of 1985 lose to 37-point underdog Oregon State.  But, when 6-point favorite Washington lost to the Beavers a couple games ago, I truly wasn’t left with my mouth agape, as experience has taught some of us a 6-point spread isn’t all that far from a toss-up.  Dennis Erickson is out of a job today in large part because his favored Sun Devils lost to WSU.    
    As a related side-issue to this, if you bet on football games for any length of time, you’ll lose.  The agony of sitting through all the ups and downs of a 3-plus-hour game before knowing if you won or lost is hard enough on a person’s health, and that’s even if you win.  When you lose, well, it’s the depths of hell.  Those of us who left the betting life are much better off — we’ve discovered the games themselves are entertainment enough.  

  • TrytoBlockBIGRED…..

    It wouldnt be shocking if RGIII goes #1…. Matt Barkley is probably going to be the qb within drafting range. RG3 is legit, Luck is ready now, and Barkley looks like a steal from picks 7-12. Where the Hawks sit now, the cost to trade up to top 5 is too much. I would rather make a run at the wild card than “whiff for griff”            Even @ 5-7, the league is FINALLY getting “punched in the mouth” by a very physical team. I love how big and nasty Carroll and Schneider are building this team. GO SEAHAWKS!!!

    • Mattdangoscheer

      That’s what I’m talkin bout!

  • Bayviewherb

    Actually, there are probably 6 or 7 great QB prospects out there. One wonders though, if Luck didn’t have that pro-like offensive line, if he would still look that good?