Here's our postgame box that will publish alongside our story in tomorrow's newspaper ...
PLAYER OF THE GAME — C.J. Wilcox was at his best on Thursday night, making 7-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from 3-point range en route to a game-high 23 points. He took only four shots in the first half, but came alive down the stretch when the Huskies needed their best player to carry them to victory.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — Wilcox eyed a long 3-pointer from the top of the key, rose over Oregon guard Johnathan Loyd and sank the basket to put UW ahead 76-72 with 43.3 seconds left.
STAT OF THE GAME — Washington made 69.6 percent of its second-half field goal attempts, which allowed the Huskies to finish the game with a shooting percentage of 57.8. That’s high.
QUOTABLE — “Those are the things that C.J., we expect him to do now at this point. He’s not only a fifth-year senior. He’s one of the best guards in America. And when you’re one of those guys, they make those type of plays at the end. He’s kind of been doing that lately.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar
WHAT IT MEANS — After losing two games in the Bay Area last week, the Huskies badly needed to beat the reeling Ducks to get back on track. A 4-3 Pac-12 record looks a lot better than 3-4, especially when it comes via a victory over a rival that had lost four consecutive games entering Thursday’s contest. UW now needs to finish the job by beating OregonState on Saturday before heading to Pullman next week for a game at last-place WashingtonState.
NEXT UP — OregonState at Washington, 2 p.m. Saturday, Pac-12 Networks
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