It was a good night and a good weekend for the Washington Huskies as they concluded a home sweep of the Oregon schools to move to 2-0 in Pac-12 conference play.
How did they do it? Well, the Huskies forced Oregon into a bunch of jumpshots that the Ducks didn't make, and UW buried 12-of-22 from 3-point range. C.J. Wilcox had 24 points off the bench including six of those 3-pointers. The always calm Wilcox hasn't minded being taken out of the starting lineup during conference play, after starting the first 11 games of the season.
“If C.J. starts and he plays, if he comes off the bench and he plays with any combination we have, he’s going to do the same thing,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Whatever combination we have C.J. is going to fit in.”
Obviously, the change from starting to sitting at the opening tip and coming in later hasn’t affected his shooting stroke.
“It’s my role,” he said. “I need to provide a spark off the bench. I’m OK with it. It’s good.”
Wilcox came off the bench last season, so he knows how to prepare himself mentally and physically. Even though he started the first 11 games of this season, Wilcox is handling the change with aplomb.
“Romar told me it wasn’t like a demotion, he said it was better for the team chemistry,” Wilcox said. “As long as we are winning, I’m OK with it.”
Of the six 3-pointers Wilcox drained, it was a sequence of three that secured the victory.
Following a seven-minute break, thanks to a referee review of a dustup between Tony Wroten and Olu Ashaolu, the Ducks went on an 8-1 run to trim an 11-point lead down to 48-44 midway through the second quarter.
Just when things looked to be getting out of sorts, Wilcox buried 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.
In a sign of his maturing all-around offensive game, Wilcox found another way to score on a driving bucket moments later. Terrence Ross added a 3-pointer and suddenly a four-point lead was back up to 13 points. Here's Todd Dybas' game column from SportsPressNW
From the Oregon perspective ...
Let's start with Kenny Ocker's game story from the Daily Emerald.
And here's Bob Clark's game story from the Register Guard.
And finally here's John Hunt's gamer from the Oregonian.