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March 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Who’s going to be UW’s star this year?

It never gets old. The last time the Huskies played at the Staples Center, Isaiah Thomas made a shot that will play on for eternity.
Washington sophomore guard Terrence Ross said last year’s Pac-10 Tournament was a special moment for him because he received his first start, played exceptionally well in all three games as a starter and was voted to the all-tournament team.
Sophomore C.J. Wilcox also starred in the tournament and made clutch three-pointers in the quarterfinals and finals.
Let’s recap that magical run to the tournament tile in 2011.
— The Huskies overcame a tournament-record 43 point onslaught from Washington State’s Klay Thompson and survived for a dramatic 89-87 win. Remember this game. Thomas finished with 21 points and 11 assists, which was one shy of the tournament record. Wilcox drained two three-pointers in the final minutes. Leading by three points with nine seconds left coach Lorenzo Romar instructed UW to intentionally foul, which is something he’s been against in the past. Reggie Moore missed both free throws, but Thompson scored on a putback to cut UW’s lead to one. WSU coach Ken Bone called a timeout the Cougars didn’t have and Wilcox finished the game with a free throw. That game was simply thrilling and the action got better each day.
— Thomas walked off the floor and practically collapsed in the arms of Sonics legend Gary Payton following a 69-51 win over Oregon in the semifinals. Without suspended guard Venoy Overton, Thomas followed Thursday’s 40-minute performance and logged 38 on Friday. He dished a tournament record 12 assists and scored 10 points. Wilcox led UW with 14 and Terrence Ross had 13.
— Washington and Thomas saved their best for the final. Thomas never left the court and played 45 minutes in the 77-75 overtime win over Arizona to win the conference tournament title and the MVP award. He did it all in perhaps the finest performance in UW history. He scored 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting. He made 4 of 7 three-pointers and was 4 of 7 at the line. He distributed seven assists and collected five rebounds. At the end, he waved off a play from Romar and took matters in his own hands. The call by CBS announcer Gus Johnson only magnified the moment. “Shot clock turned off. Game clock at eight. He’s gona do it himself. Thomas. Shake. Cross-over. Step baaaaack. At the buzzer! Young Zeke! And Washington wins it on a last-second J! Cooold-blooded!”
Wonder who’s going to be the star this week?

Comments | Topics: C.J. Wilcox, Reggie Moore

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