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December 31, 2011 at 10:23 PM

UW rings in New Year with a rout

Photo credit: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz
Happy New Year folks.
We’re doing an abbreviated recap tonight because the missus and I have plans.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said Washington played its best defensive game of the season tonight and the statistics after a 76-60 suggest the same.
The Huskies held the Ducks to 32.3 percent shooting, which is a season low for a UW opponent. Oregon shot 5 of 23 on three-pointers (21.7 percent), which is the second lowest to a UW opponent this season.
Abdul Gaddy and C.J. Wilcox held Oregon’s leading scorer Devoe Joseph, who was averaging 14.7 points per game, to 1 for 13 shooting. He finished with a season low four points.
“I just thought those guys tuned up and with the rest of our team did a heck of a job,” Romar said. “Aziz N’Diaye I thought was sensational on the defensive end. I thought he really played a good game for us. This game was won on the defensive end. And obviously C.J. Wilcox gave us a big lift with his scoring and his defense.”
Wilcox scored a career-high tying 24 points. He connected on 6 of 8 three-pointers and played 33 minutes.
“We can do anything want,” Wilcox said. “We have great guards. Gaddy and Tony (Wroten Jr.) can get to the cup. We got me and Terrence (Ross) on the wings. So anything can happen.”
It’s easy to focus on Wilcox’s scoring, but one of the best things he did tonight was deflect the ball away from Oregon forward Olu Ashaolu in the first half and dive on the floor for the loose ball. Plays like that set the defensive tone for the Huskies.
Wilcox was the big star, but N’Diaye was the quiet hero. He only scored eight points and had six rebounds, but he also finished with three blocks and two steals. However, his contribution goes beyond the statistics. N’Diaye influenced the game with his size and defensive tenacity. At times Oregon didn’t attempt shots inside because of the 7-foot center.
Wroten played a solid game and had 17 points, five assists, four rebounds, a steal, a block and two turnovers in 34 minutes. He’s awfully productive when he’s on the floor. He got in a little tussle with Ashaolu, but kept his composure. Strange enough, Darnell Gant drew a technical rushing to Wroten’s aid. It was good to see the Huskies support each other like that and maybe their fractured team chemistry has really improved.
Gaddy played a solid game offensively and was stellar on the defensive end. Again, he helped to take Joseph out of the game. Gaddy also had 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting and three assists.
Ross (11 points) was the only other Husky to reach double-digit scoring.
It looks as if Desmond Simmons is taking Gant’s minutes. The redshirt freshman forward played 29 mintues and had six rebounds. Gant played 17 minutes and had four rebounds.

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