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December 21, 2012 at 6:39 AM

C.J. Wilcox gets defensive

Seattle Times – Dean Rutz

Had a chance to chat briefly with C.J. Wilcox (right) after Washington’s 75-62 win over Cal Poly last night.

The 6-5 junior guard leads the Huskies with a 19.4 scoring average that ranks third in the Pac-12. He’s considered one of the best shooters in the conference, but this season he’s made great strides on the defensive end.

Wilcox leads Washington with 15 blocks – he had two last night – and he’s third on the team with a 4.3 rebounding average. At times this season, he’s had the responsibility of defending the other team’s top perimeter player and he leads UW in minutes played (35.9). He also has eight steals, two shy for most on the team.

“I’m just being more active and trying to affect the game in other ways than just scoring,” Wilcox said. “I’ve always had the ability to chase guys down and use my length to block shots. The main thing is timing. So that’s something that just comes naturally.”

Against Cal Poly, Wilcox finished with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting and three three-pointers. He also had six rebounds – three on the offensive glass – five assists, two blocks and two steals to offset three turnovers in 37 minutes.

“He was all over the place,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Five rebounds in the first half is what he did. C.J. was pretty patient. There weren’t a whole lot of possessions, I think they were on pace for 30 possessions in the first half but yet he comes out with 10 points in the first half after all of that. He did a good job of not allowing the system to get him out of the game. He was very focused and into the game. He was able to do other things.”

With Wilcox leading the way on both ends of the court, the Huskies crushed the Mustangs midway in the second half when they held them scoreless over six minutes and extended their nine-point lead (38-29) to 20 (49-29) with 10:16 left.

Romar called it the most complete defensive effort this season. Washington dominated the glass 30-17 and forced 12 turnovers against a team that was averaging nine. Cal Poly also shot 38.1 percent (8 of 21) on three-pointers attempted just 14 free throws. The Huskies were 24 of 32 at the line.

Backup guard Andrew Andrews returned to action after missing the past three games due to a right ankle injury and it was the first time this season Washington had its entire roster available. You could also get a sense of how the Huskies hope to play now that Andrews is back and Shawn Kemp Jr. – who missed the first seven games due to a knee injury – has been re-inserted into the rotation.

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December 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Video: Lorenzo Romar after Cal Poly win

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2048660502001″/] Here’s post-game comments from Washington coach Lorenzo Romar following Washington’s 75-62 win over Cal Poly. Opening Statement “I was very pleased with our guys’ effort tonight. I thought with the exception of the last three minutes where the game was out of reach, I think our guys put out the best defensive effort of the…

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December 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Cal Poly live game thread

IT’S OVER — UW wins 75-62.

STILL IN CONTROL — Barring a minor miracle for Cal Poly, the Huskies will win their third straight game. Simmons may have given the play of the game. On a N’Diaye miss, he crawled on the floor for the loose ball and got control of the rock. Then he passed to Andrews sank a running jumper. The bench erupted in cheers. UW 65-48, 2:50.

QUICK TIMEOUT — Romar isn’t playing around and he doesn’t want this game to get away from the Huskies. He called timeout after Cal Poly scored three unanswered points. On the next possession, Suggs scored on a mid-range jumper. UW 51-33, 9:09.

BLOWOUT IN THE MAKING — Cal Poly hasn’t scored in nearly 5 1/2 minutes. Wilcox and Gaddy hammered home dunks to send a jolt into the crowd. UW 49-29, 9:58.

NICE OVATION — Simmons went the bench and received a round of applause from the fans. On the previous play, he deflected a pass and jumped out of bounds trying to save the ball. UW 41-29, 12:10.

GOOD DEFENSE — Simmons has stifled Eversley who is 2 of 8. He came in averaging 16 points and has eight. UW 41-29, 13:16.

BREAKING AWAY? — This would normally be the time when good teams don’t mess around and put away lesser opponents. It’s a critical time in the game for Cal Poly. The Huskies could break their spirits with a little run over the next few minutes to put the game out of reach. UW 41-29, 15:21.

NOT GOOD — Gaddy has as many turnovers (five) than points (four) and assists (one). UW 38-29, 15:55.

ATTENDANCE — Official count is 7,874.

SIX IN A ROW — N’Diaye scored on a putback giving him 10 points. He’s scored in double figures in the past six games. UW 38-27, 17:16.

SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams.

HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The place is still buzzing from Andrews’ move. If not for Gaddy’s steal and dunk over Nevada, it might be the play of the year. Maybe it was so good because it was so unexpected.

If it wasn’t for their 6 of 12 showing at the line, the Huskies would be firmly in control of this game. As it stands, they have a tenuous 8-point lead.  Washington has never trailed and it was up by as many as nine. But it feels as if UW should have a 15-point lead because it has played well in spurts.

Cal Poly averages nine turnovers, but the Huskies have forced nine TOs in the first half. UW is shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 37.5 percent (3 of 8) on three-pointers. UW has more rebounds (14-10) and assists (7-5). Wilcox leads everyone with 10 points and N’Diaye has eight.

The zone has given UW fits. However, the Huskies have been able to get the ball inside where they’ve been fouled.

Washington can continue to pound Cal Poly inside with N’Diaye and Kemp. Bennett has two fouls and freshman forward Zach Gordon three for Cal Poly.

HALFTIME STATS — Click here.

HALFTIME — Andrews caps the half when he drove right, spun around a defender and finished with an acrobatic layup over a defender. UW 31-23.

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December 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Guess the UW Score – Cal Poly

How about this for pre-game analysis: ” I’m gonna guess the Dawgs still haven’t learned to play at a consistently high level, and I’m guessing they’ll play down to Jackson State as State pulls out all stops to achieve a win, but still lose:  Dawgs: 75 to 69.” Those comments and prediction came from poster bleeding…

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December 20, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Scouting report: Cal Poly

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Scouting report: Cal Poly
Game info: 6 p.m. Thursday at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000 capacity)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Detlef Schrempf)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Record: 4-5.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Cal Poly and Washington.

Coach: Joe Callero is 49-44 in his fourth year with the Mustangs. His career Division I record is 166-149, including a 117-105 mark at Seattle University over an eight-year stint (2001-09). The Enumclaw native and former Central Washington point guard also coached at Puget Sound (1999-01) and Highline Community College (1989-92, 1995-98).
Prediction: Picked to finish seventh in the 10-team Big West in a preseason poll by media who cover the conference.
Series: This is the first meeting between the teams. Washington is 24-3 all time against the Big West.
Previous game: Lost 72-64 at Santa Clara Monday.

Getty Images – Stephen Dunn

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

—Junior forward Chris Eversley (right), who started his career at Rice, is Cal Poly’s most dynamic player. He’s coming off of a 22-point, 10-rebound performance at Santa Clara. He’s scored double digits in 15 of his past 19 games and enters Thursday’s matchup at Washington ranked eighth among Big West players with a team-leading 15.7 points per contest. Eversley also leads Cal Poly in rebounds (8.0) and minutes (32.7).

He’s had big games against big opponents. When Cal Poly defeated then-No. 11 UCLA 70-68 on Nov. 25 (highlights above), Eversley finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. He scored a career-high 25 points at Saint Mary’s on 8-for-15 shooting. He also had 21 points and 10 rebounds against Northern Colorado.

In his first year at Cal Poly, Eversley led the Mustangs in scoring and rebounding last season. He appeared in 33 games and started eight. He sat out the 2010-11 season. The Chicago native played at Rice as a freshman averaging 4.9 minutes per game.

Here’s a video interview with Eversley that includes highlights.

— Freshman forward Brian Bennett may be a star in the future. He’s averaging 10.4 points and has scored in double digits in the past six games. The 6-9, 240-pound big man is an old-school low-post player. He’s shooting 55.1 percent from the field (43 of 78) and he’s 8 of 10 on free throws. Bennett averages 27.6 minutes and 4.8 rebounds. He’s taken just two three-pointers, missing both. He’s not a big assists guy or someone who will get steals or blocks. But he’s a finisher beneath the rim.

—Senior guard Dylan Royer epitomizes a Joe Callero-type of player. The former walk-on was a reserve as a freshman and sophomore before earning a starting job last season when he averaged 7.5 points and shot 46.5 percent on three-pointers. Before the 2012-13 season, Royer was awarded a full scholarship and he’s responded with increased production. He’s averaging 10.0 points and 25.7 minutes. Royer is a three-point specialist who is shooting 23 of 56 (41.1 percent) behind the arc. Royer is one of two returning starters and is one of two Mustangs who grew up near Cal Poly.

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