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December 14, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Huskies hoops links: UW defense will be tested by high-scoring EWU

Nigel Williams-Goss scored a team-high 22 points as the Huskies came from behind to beat Eastern Washington 92-80. (Photo credit: Anastasia Stepankowsky – UW Daily)

Nigel Williams-Goss scored a team-high 22 points as the Huskies came from behind to beat Eastern Washington 92-80. (Photo credit: Anastasia Stepankowsky – UW Daily)

Washington and Eastern Washington have taken vastly different approaches to their fast starts.

The 17th-ranked Huskies (7-0) are winning with a defense that’s allowing opponents 57.6 points per game. Meanwhile, the Eagles (8-1) are off to their best start since moving up to the Division I ranks thanks to a high-scoring offense that averages 85.0 points.

Something has got to give 5 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena when the teams meet.

Here’s our advance, which takes a look at the genesis of the Huskies defense.

SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:

More on today’s matchup in the News Tribune.

Kyle Wiltjer scored 24 points and No. 9 Gonzaga led all the way en route to an 87-74 victory on Saturday night that snapped UCLA’s four-game winning streak and the Bruins (8-3) their first home loss. UCLA never got closer than six points in the second half. Freshman forward Kevon Looney finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, narrowly missing his eighth double-double.

— No. 13 Utah overcame a 21-point deficit and led No. 10 Kansas by one point in the final five minutes. However, the Utes fell apart offensively at the end and suffered a 63-60 defeat at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. Delon Wright had 23 points for Utah, which fell to 7-2.

— No. 3 Arizona always plays good defense, but the Wildcats offense returned in a big way during an 80-53 blowout over Michigan. Five UA players scored in double figures led by freshman forward Stanley Johnson who had arguably the best game of his young college career. He finished with with 17 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (10-0) who remain undefeated.

— Perhaps the best team on the west coast that nobody is talking about is California. After 67-57 victory over Princeton, the Golden Bears (9-1) are off to their best start since 2001.

— Oregon did an impressive thing Saturday. The Ducks went on the road and beat a Big Ten team on its court. Not bad. Freshman forward Dillon Brooks scored 24 points to lead Oregon to a 77-70 win over Illinois. Four other players scored in double figures for the Ducks, which improved to 6-3.

— After scoring two points in his previous outing, Josh Scott had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead Colorado to a 93-68 win over Northern Colorado. The Buffaloes are 6-3.

Anthony Brown came off the bench to score 17 points, leading Stanford to a come-from-behind 49-43 victory over Denver. The Cardinal is 5-2.

— Oregon State received 13 points apiece from Gary Payton II and Jarmal Reid to stretch their winning streak to three games with a 59-49 victory over Mississippi State. The Beavers are 6-2 under first-year coach Wayne Tinkle.

— Washington State has three of the past four games following a 76-67 defeat to Santa Clara. Ike Iroegbu scored a season-high 18 points Saturday and Josh Hawkinson added 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Cougars (4-6) on Saturday.

Jordan McLaughlin led USC with a career-high 24 points and Katin Reinhardt had 17 points as the Trojans (6-4) had a four-game winning streak snapped after an 85-77 overtime loss to Army.

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