BY SPNW Staff 10:15PM 11/26/2013

Wilcox’s 28 helps avert another bad UW loss

Faced with a Montana team Tuesday night at Hec Ed that scorched Washington with 71 percent shooting in the first half, the Huskies had no alternative but to let their own premier shootist, C.J. Wilcox, take over the game to avert another embarrassing home loss. Wilcox had 28 points as UW went down to the wire before prevailing 83-79 over the Grizzlies.

The Huskies, who switched in practice this week to a different defense that relies more on interior pressure and less on the wings, couldn’t stop anyone, anywhere as the Big Sky Conference visitors went up 42-36 at the half by hitting 9 of 15 threes.

But a huge advantage in rebounds (34-14) and free throws (24-for-31 to 6-for-13) helped close the gap. Then Wilcox hit a pair of three that put Washington ahead for good midway through the second half.

With 11.2 seconds left, Montana’s Chris Kemp hit a jumper over Perris Blackwell, who fouled. But Kemp’s free throw failed to drop, leaving Montana down 80-79. The Huskies rebounded, and Wilcox hit a pair from the line with 8.5 seconds remaining.

Coach Lorenzo Romar broke his own rule when he ordered a foul late when up by three. Keron Deshields made him look good by missing the one-and-one attempt. The Huskies rebounded and Blackwell added the final point from the line.

Guard Nigel Williams-Goss finished with 20 points, two shy of his career high, as the Huskies improved to 3-3 after two big losses in New York City. Montana (1-3) was led by 27 from Jordan Gregory. Deshields had 20.

The Huskies play Long Beach State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.



  • Wheezy

    Umm…isn’t the Apple Cup on Friday?

    “The Huskies play Long Beach State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Hec Ed, almost immediately after the Apple Cup ends.”

    • art thiel

      So it is. Foolish, thinking that a college football game would be on Saturday.

  • jafabian

    Coach Romar really tightened up on the rotation, using only two players. Shows how much he wanted the win.
    Really enjoying watching Nigel Williams-Goss. Hopefully he isn’t a one-and-done player.

  • 1coolguy

    Wow, another poor year for the Huskies is shaping up. I wonder how much longer Scott will hang with Romar.

  • RadioGuy

    When you have to rely on home cooking at the line (31 free throw attempts to 13 for Montana) to win by four against a middle-of-the-pack Big Sky team, you’ve just gotten very lucky. A win is a win, but home games against mediocrities from a conference considered one or two tiers below your own shouldn’t be this close.