C.J. Wilcox leads Washington over Oregon 80-76January 23, 2014 @ 11:29 pm (Updated: 7:24 am - 1/24/14 )
By DAIMON EKLUND
SEATTLE (AP) – C.J. Wilcox made sure Oregon's slump would continue for at least another game.
Washington's senior guard scored 23 points, including a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left that sealed Washington's 80-76 win Thursday night and sent the Ducks to a fifth straight loss.
"Wilcox jumped up and made big shots," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "He was the difference in the game. He was the best player on the floor and he made us pay."
Wilcox was 7 of 11 from the floor, including 5 for 6 on 3-pointers, and scored six points in the final 2 1/2 minutes as Washington (12-8, 4-3 Pac-12) held off Oregon (13-5, 1-5) down the stretch, extending the Ducks' losing streak to five games. Andrew Andrews added 17 points for UW.
Oregon trailed by seven points with 2:59 to play and cut the margin to 73-72 before Wilcox made the 3 that pushed Washington to victory and ended the Huskies' own two-game skid.
"We knew they had dropped four so they were going to come hungry, but we had dropped two as well so we needed to battle," Wilcox said.
For the Huskies, it was just one more big moment from their leading scorer and captain.
"We expect that from C.J. He's one of the best guards in the country and they make those types of plays at the end," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "He's kind of been doing that lately."
The big shot left Oregon reeling and wondering what it will take to end the losing streak.
Oregon started the season with 13 straight wins, getting all the way to a No. 10 ranking before the losing streak knocked them out of the top 25.
"It's five in a row, there's no sense in denying it, it's tough," Altman said. "The guys are down, we're all down. It's tough to fight back on the road, but that's what we're going to have to do."
Joseph Young scored 18 points to lead Oregon and scored six points in under a minute to spur Oregon's rally after Washington grabbed the seven-point lead.
Young led the Ducks with 18.0 points per game coming in, but had been held to five points in both of Oregon's last two games against Oregon State and Stanford.
Jason Calliste and Richard Amardi each scored 11 for Oregon, with Amardi adding nine rebounds.
Perris Blackwell scored Washington's first two points of the game on free throws, his only points before halftime. Despite picking up his third foul early in the second half he came alive offensively, scoring eight points in the opening 4 1/2 minutes of the second half and finishing with 15.
The Ducks shook up their lineup to try and change their fortunes, giving guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter their first starts of the season, although they weren't much of a factor, combining for four points.
The teams went back-and-forth in the first half with neither pulling ahead by more than five points. Oregon's Elgin Cook drove for a layup just before the halftime buzzer to give the Ducks a 35-33 lead.
Washington regained the lead 2 1/2 minutes into the second half and held on. Although the Huskies never really pulled away – seemingly every time they threatened to mount a run Oregon came up with a big basket – they were able to stay a few steps ahead of the Ducks, and Wilcox's late 3-pointer gave Washington a lead Oregon couldn't overcome.
Oregon will get its next chance to end the slide Sunday at Washington State.
"We just need one to get started," Young said. "If we get one, then I feel like everyone will know what a win is again. Once we get that one, then everybody will be excited."
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