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December 18, 2013 at 12:47 AM

C.J. Wilcox leads Huskies to first road win

Washington C.J. Wilcox (23) blocks the shot of Tulane forward Kevin Thomas (20) at Devlin Fieldhouse on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

Washington C.J. Wilcox (23) blocks the shot of Tulane forward Kevin Thomas (20) at Devlin Fieldhouse on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

Washington took an early lead and despite a sloppy performance that included a season-high 18 turnovers, the Huskies hung on in the second half for a 73-62 win against Tulane in front of an announced crowd of 1,646 at Devlin Fieldhouse.

“In the second half we couldn’t put the ball in the basket,” coach Lorenzo Romar told the Associated Press. “We had three people in foul trouble in the first half and when we subbed (the offense struggled). We had to mix and match and kind of survive it. … We made it a lot harder than it needed to be.”

It’s the first road victory for Washington, which had been 0-3 away from home, including a pair of neutral-site defeats in New York against Indiana and Boston College. The Huskies also lost at San Diego State.

Tuesday’s contest is the only one for UW that will not be televised.

Here’s a few links to game stories from the AP, Nola.com and GoHuskies.com.

C.J. Wilcox captured headlines and plenty of attention after eclipsing the 1,500-point plateau. The senior guard moved into 11th place on Washington’s all-time scoring list with 1,502 points. He needs two points to catch No. 10 Louie Nelson (1,504) and 14 to chase down No. 9 Steve Hawes (1,516).

Other than Wilcox’s milestone, Tuesday’s outing was somewhat forgettable.

The Huskies were fantastic at the free throw line (22 of 28) and they held the Green Wave to 39.3 percent shooting, including 1 for 14 (7.1 percent) on three-pointers.

However, Washington’s defense wasn’t always stellar. The Huskies committed 23 fouls, which sent Tulane to the charity stripe 27 times. The Green Wave made 17 at the line. UW’s transition defense was also repeatedly burned and allowed 12 fast break points.

The Huskies led by as much as 12 points, but Tulane closed to within three points in the second half.

“We did a good job on defense early then kind of relaxed,” Wilcox told the AP. “We got in foul trouble and they took advantage. We came out a little flat in the second half and they stayed close.”

Prosperity didn’t come easy for the Huskies who improved to 6-4. They’ll to sharpen up the defense if they’re going to upset No. 10 Connecticut on Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena in a game that could boost their sagging RPI.

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December 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Guess the UW Score contest: Tulane

[Programming alert: We're covering tonight's game with a stringer. Check back later for a post-game wrap-up.]

Only a few participants in last Saturday’s Guess the UW Score contest, but several folks had a good read on Washington’s 85-66 victory over Idaho State.

RossB summed it up when he wrote: “We finally play a team our own size.” He nearly nailed the score with an 85-62 prediction that was closer than anyone else.

Congrats on the win. Contact me via email (pallen@seattletimes.com) or Twitter to claim your hot dog and soft drink.

Just a couple of games on tap so let’s get to it.

TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

Washington (5-4) at Tulane (5-5), 5 p.m. ………………… No TV

UC Irvine (6-5) at No. 13 Oregon (9-0), 7:30 p.m. ………. Pac-12 Networks

Pick: Oregon

Season tally: 75-16

AND THE UW-TULANE WINNER IS …

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December 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Scouting report: Tulane

Tulane's Louis Dabney lead the Green Wave into action Tuesday against Washington. (Photo credit: Brett Duke - Nola.com -The Times-Picayune)

Tulane’s Louis Dabney lead the Green Wave into action Tuesday against Washington at Devlin Fieldhouse. (Photo credit: Brett Duke – Nola.com -The Times-Picayune)

Scouting report: Tulane
Game info: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Devlin Fieldhouse (3,600 capacity).

TV: Not available.
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 5-5.
2012-13 record: 20-15overall, 6-10 (tied ninth in Conference USA).

Stats/schedule: Click here.

Game notes: Tulane and Washington.

Coach: Ed Conroy is 53-52 in his fourth season with the Green Wave. He’s 102-128 as a Division I coach, which includes a 49-76  mark during a four-year tenure at Citadel. Conroy began his coaching career at Division II Francis Marion in 1997 and posted a 41-40 record in three years. His overall record is 143-186.

Prediction: Due to the addition of eight newcomers, C-USA men’s basketball coaches decided not to participate in a preseason poll this year. The Green Wave was picked to finish 12th in the 16-team conference by NBCSports.com.

Series: First meeting.

Previous game: Tulane beat Jackson State 70-65 on Dec. 7 at Devlin Fieldhouse.

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