C.J. Wilcox is not in the starting lineup anymore. But he’s getting almost as many minutes coming off the bench and his contributions haven’t lessened.
The sophomore shooting guard took command of a game that was slipping away from Washington and turned it into a comfortable 76-60 victory over Oregon on Saturday, thanks to his buttery-smooth shooting stroke.
The Huskies improved to 8-5 overall and 2-0 in the Pacific-12 Conference in front of 9,597 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Wilcox, who tied a career high with 24 points, took advantage of Oregon’s awful perimeter defense and buried six 3-pointers, which also tied a career high. But a sequence of three of them secured the Huskies’ victory.
The Ducks had cut the lead to 48-44 midway through the second quarter, but Wilcox scored 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 another 3-pointer and suddenly a four-point lead ballooned back to 13 points.
And from there, the disparity continued to grow.
Washington continued to get open looks from 3-point range and knock the shots down as Wilcox hit another and Abdul Gaddy buried two more.
And when the Huskies are hitting 3-pointers, they are nearly impossible to stop. They were 12 of 22 from long range.
In contrast, Oregon was awful from the perimeter. The number of 3-point bricks they tossed up could have resurfaced the faade of the arena. Oregon – taking away Garrett Sims’ 3-for-8 accuracy from 3-point range – shot 10 percent from beyond the arc (2 of 20).
Washington held Oregon scoring leader Devoe Joseph to four points on 1-of-13 shooting.
The Huskies got 17 points and five assists from Tony Wroten and 12 points and three assists from Gaddy.