Beavers blown out by Huskies
CORVALLIS — With a jumper, a 3-pointer and a layup in a row against Oregon State, Washington senior C.J. Wilcox busted out of his slump.
Wilcox, the Huskies' captain who was averaging 18.8 points a game, had finished three of the last four games in single digits. On Saturday, he finished with 23 in Washington's 86-62 rout of Oregon State.
He announced his return with the series of first-half baskets that sparked an 11-0 run and pulled Washington into a 30-25 lead that the Huskies never surrendered.
"It felt good," Wilcox said. "It's always nice to hit the shots you make."
With the outburst, Wilcox moved in front of Jon Brockman for second on the Huskies' all-time career points list with 1,814. Chris Welp (1984-87) holds the record with 2,073 career points.
The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak on the road and a two-game overall losing streak for Washington (15-13, 7-8 Pac-12), which was coming off a 78-71 loss at Oregon on Wednesday. It was the Huskies' final regular-season road game.
"I knew we were capable of doing it," Wilcox said about the decisive win in what has been a roller-coaster season. "It was just a matter of doing it the whole game."
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak at Gill Coliseum for the Beavers (14-12, 6-8), who were coming off a 76-75 overtime victory over Washington State on Thursday night.
Roberto Nelson, who led the Pac-12 with an average of 21 points per game, had 17 points to lead the Beavers. Oregon State trailed by as many as 25 points.
"We have every right to be stunned. That was a poor performance," Nelson said afterward.
The Huskies downed the Beavers 87-81 in Seattle in late January. In that game, freshman guard Nigel Williams-Goss had 32 points, an all-time high for a Washington freshman. He had added 14 points and 10 assists on Saturday against Oregon State.
Asked whether he takes more pleasure in the 32 points in the first game against the Beavers or the 10 assists in the last, Williams-Goss replied: "I get pleasure out of winning"
Angus Brandt hit a 3-pointer to put the Beavers up 17-13 midway through the first half, before Olaf Schaftenaar hit another to keep the Huskies at bay, 20-17. Nelson made consecutive layups and a free throw to put Oregon State up 25-19.
Wilcox answered for the Huskies with his breakout series — a long jumper, a 3-pointer and a layup — that sparked the 11-0 run capped by Andrew Andrews' jumper to give Washington a 30-25 lead.
"I think we just got comfortable or something like that," Brandt said. "We let our foot off the gas and it snowballed and we didn't reel it in."
The momentum stayed with Washington through the rest of the game and Wilcox pushed the margin to 42-31 with a late layup. The Huskies led 44-33 at the break.
Wilcox made a jumper that put the Huskies up 55-39 early in the second half and the game began to slip away for the Beavers. His alley-oop dunk pushed the lead to 59-40.
The Beavers rallied with a 9-2 run that narrowed the gap to 61-49. But Wilcox, with 14 points in the second half, consecutively hit a 3-pointer, a jumper and a dunk to put the Huskies up 80-55.
The Huskies play their last three games — against Washington State, UCLA and USC — at home before the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.
Oregon State visits the Trojans and the Bruins before returning home to face Arizona State and No. 4 Arizona in the regular-season finale.