The Washington Huskies opened league play tonight with a 68-63 win over Washington State on Friel Court on the WSU campus. C.J. Wilcox, the Huskies leading scorer during non-league play, led the way with 18 points. Aziz N'Diaye was a key contributor as well, adding 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
The Huskies had all the best of it in the early going, racing out to a 17 point lead at one point in the first half before the Cougars made a late run to close the score to 34-27 at intermission. The Cougs were their own worst enemy, shooting a dismal 23 % in the first stanza. Conversely the Huskies hit exactly half of their shots from the field in the first half. The Huskies finished the game shooting 54%, holding the Cougars to just 37% on their shot attempts.
Long range shooting wasn't the friend of the Cougars either as they shot just 26% from deep on their way to the loss. Washington shot 5-12 (42%) from downtown.
The Cougars came back in the second half, and took the lead with less than seven minutes to play on a Brock Motum jumper. The Huskies fought back, however, on the strength of boards and putbacks from N'Diaye and some key late game free throws from freshman Andrew Andrews.