Huskies shake Cal Poly for 75-62 win

Huskies shake Cal Poly for 75-62 win

Huskies shake Cal Poly for 75-62 win

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 9:29 PM

SEATTLE  -- C.J. Wilcox scored 21 points, and Washington used one of its best defensive efforts of the season to shake pesky Cal Poly 75-62 on Thursday night for the Huskies' first three-game win streak of the season.

Scott Suggs added 12 points for the Huskies, who play one more home game on Saturday against Northern Illinois before beginning a challenging four-game road swing beginning Dec. 29 at Connecticut.

Leading by eight at halftime, the Huskies (7-4) held the Mustangs scoreless for nearly 7 minutes early in the second half to build a 20-point lead and coast to the decisive victory.

Chris Eversley led Cal Poly (4-6) with 23 points, but the Mustangs were unable to pull off the upset on a second Pac-12 school this season after stunning UCLA last month.

Cal Poly had actually won its previous two games against Pac-12 competition after beating USC during the 2011 season and upsetting the Bruins. But Washington's sticky defense and rebounding edge wouldn't allow a third straight Pac-12 conquest for the Mustangs.

Washington pulled away thanks to its defense holding the Mustangs scoreless for nearly 7 minutes of the second half. Eversley's dunk with 16:41 left pulled the Mustangs within 38-29, but Cal Poly didn't score again until Eversley's free throw with 9:52 remaining. By the time Cal Poly scored again, the Huskies had built a 20-point lead on the strength of a three-point play from Scott Suggs that started the scoring spurt and fastbreak dunks from Wilcox and Abdul Gaddy.

Aziz N'Diaye added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies, who held a 30-17 edge on the board. Gaddy finished with 10 points, and the Huskies were far more impressive than last Saturday's narrow win over then-winless Jackson State.

Cal Poly coach Joe Callero couldn't get a victory in his return to the Seattle area. Before becoming the Mustangs coach in 2009, Callero spent seven seasons at Seattle University, laying the groundwork for the Redhawks transition from Division II to Division I that becomes complete this season with Seattle now eligible for the NCAA tournament.

This wasn't the homecoming Callero envisioned. One of the better teams in the country at protecting the ball, Cal Poly was sloppy and tied a season-high with 12 turnovers. Cal Poly entered the night having committed the fewest total turnovers in all college hoops.

From the start it was clear that Washington was ready defensively. Cal Poly struggled to get its offensive sets started and often was left taking rushed attempts in the final seconds of the shot clock. The Huskies jumped out to a 13-4 lead, then gave up 12 of the next 15 points, letting Cal Poly pull even at 16-all. That was the last time Cal Poly would tie. Wilcox hit a 3 later in the half to push the Huskies lead back to seven, and Andrew Andrews scored the final four points of the half, including a tough driving layup just before the horn to give Washington a 31-23 lead at the break.

 

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