Huskies Force UCLA Out Of 1st Place
SEATTLE (AP)—C.J. Wilcox awakened Washington’s slumbering offense, scoring all of his career-high 24 points in the second half, and Washington overcame an off night from leading scorer Isaiah Thomas to beat UCLA 70-63 on Thursday night.
Wilcox went to halftime scoreless, then carried the Huskies in the final 20 minutes. He hit his first two shots to start the second half and made 6 of 7 total in the second half, including five 3-pointers.
Wilcox’s 3-pointer with 4:55 left pulled Washington (20-9, 11-6 Pac-10) within 53-52 and was the start of a deciding seven-point blitz. Scott Suggs added a jumper in the lane, and Thomas tipped in his own miss with 3:35 left for a 56-53 lead. He missed his first nine shots.
UCLA’s Jerime Anderson tried to match Wilcox, hitting four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, all in the second half. But the Bruins (21-9, 12-5) fell out of a tie for first place with Arizona in the conference race.