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Hot Wilcox leads Washington past No. 15 Colorado

C.J. Wilcox scored a career-high 31 points in the Huskies 71-54 win over Colorado.
C.J. Wilcox scored a career-high 31 points in the Huskies 71-54 win over Colorado.
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C.J. Wilcox couldn’t miss. The senior torched Colorado for five three-pointers and 21 points in the second half, leading the Huskies to a 71-54 win over No. 15 Colorado on Sunday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena.

“When C.J. gets in the zone, he is pretty special,” Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Nigel Williams-Goss recognized that and immediately started to call things to get him (Wilcox) the basketball.”

Wilcox scored a career-high 31 points. Andrew Andrews added 14 points, 12 in the second half, while Williams-Goss chipped in 12 points as the Huskies (11-6, 3-1 Pac-12) picked up their biggest win of the season.

Colorado (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12) lost leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie to a knee injury late in the first half.

After trailing 29-26 at halftime, the Huskies came out hitting everything in the second. The Dawgs shot 66.7 percent from the field, outscoring Colorado 45-25 in the half. A three-pointer by Wilcox with 6:46 left put the Huskies up by 18, their largest lead of the game.

“We have a lot of weapons and we play really unselfishly,” Williams-Goss said. “And it has been a big emphasis in practice of moving the ball and making sure the ball isn’t sticking. And he (Wilcox) was just the recipient of good ball movement.”

For the second consecutive game, the Huskies allowed a Pac-12 opponent to make just one three-pointer as the Dawgs defense has drastically improved in Pac-12 play.

“They get to the line on a regular basis and they are always at the rim with that team,” Romar said. “They had offensive rebounds, they had breakouts. A couple of times in ball screen situations they got to the rim, but I thought our guys did a good job staying in front, and that’s what our defense has been doing.”

The Huskies begin a Bay Area trip with a Thursday night game at California.

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