November 14, 2011
Ross, Huskies sizzle against Pilots
It's only appropriate that following a game in which the Washington Huskies shot an anemic 38 percent, they would come out and shoot the lights out against the Portland Pilots.
Sophomore Terrence Ross scored a game-high 24 points to go along with six 3-pointers as the Huskies came out strong and finished strong en route to a 93-63 win over the Pilots.
Washington shot 55 percent from the field to improve to 3-0 on the season.
"I thought our guys put forth our best team effort tonight," said coach Lorenzo Romar. "Not only in terms of sharing the basketball, but in terms of team defense and really trying to help one another out."
Abdul Gaddy mentioned after Sunday night's game that the team needed to come out with more energy, and more importantly, keep the energy up.
His teammates apparently got the message.
The Huskies shot 66 percent in the first nine minutes of the game as they jumped out to a 21-8 lead. That early run was fueled mostly by seven quick points from Ross, but you could see that it was a game in which everyone would get involved.
"As long as we got better as a team, I think everybody is going to be happy," said sophomore C.J. Wilcox, who had 17 points to finish a big three-game stretch.
"We came in with energy and played the right way for most of the game and that's always a good thing."
After Ross' mini-explosion that had him pumping his chest like it was mid-March already, it was time for Gaddy and Wilcox to step up.
Wilcox hit a couple of 3-pointers and Gaddy added one from behind the arc as the Huskies closed out the first half with a 43-23 lead.
Wilcox finished with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists. Gaddy was nearly perfect orchestrating the offense as he finished with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and just one turnover. Wilcox was named World Vision Classic tournament MVP while Gaddy and Ross were named to the all-tournament team.
The Dawgs shot 56 percent in the first half.
In the second half, Washington increased the energy.
Thanks to a couple Aziz N'Diaye baskets, Washington started the second half with a 14-3 run to push the lead to 57-26.
N'Diaye finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
From then on, it was fun and games for the Huskies.
Tony Wroten made several highlight-reel passes, Ross had a big block followed by a dunk and overall it was starting to look like the Washington Globetrotters.
Even with the flashy plays, the Huskies kept the mistakes down and continued to play good team defense as they rolled to the victory.
"I don't know if I've been more proud of someone on the defensive end than Terrence Ross," Romar said, pointing to how Ross held Portland's leading scorer to just five points.
Still though, there are always learning points, even from a win as good as this one.
The Huskies were out-rebounded 43-38 by the Pilots and gave up 20 offensive rebounds.
"We really got to improve this rebounding thing," said Gaddy. "That's something coach has been getting on us about. Teams have been getting lots of offensive rebounds against us, so we got to shore that up."
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