Second-Half Rally Keys Washington Victory
SEATTLE - Washington's Aziz N'Diaye and C.J. Wilcox combined for 26 of the Huskies' 37 second-half points as UW topped the Billikens 66-61 Wednesday night at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.
With the loss, the Billikens fall to 3-3 while Washington improves to 3-3.
Wilcox scored 27 points overall on 11-of-13 shooting from the floor and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Abdul Gaddy chipped in with 16 points, while N'Diaye recorded 14 and added a game-high eight rebounds.
During a stretch in the second half, N'Diaye and Wilcox connected on 22 consecutive Husky points, who opened up an 11-point lead with 5:59 left to go.
SLU had an answer during N'Diaye's and Wilcox's spurt to keep it close. Loe hit a trey at the 10:54 mark and a layup at 9:15 to keep it a one-point affair before Washington went on a 10-0 run to take an 11-point lead with 5:59 left.
A pair of treys by McCall Jr. made it a six-point game with just under a minute to go, and a Loe bucket made it 65-61 with 27 seconds remaining. UW's Andrew Andrews missed the second of two free throws, but SLU was unable to corral the rebound and Washington held on for the 66-61 victory.
In the first half, Loe scored six straight points to give the Billikens a five-point lead at 17-12. A pair of treys by Ellis put the Billikens on top 23-17 with 6:48 remaining in the first half, the largest Billiken lead of the game. The squads would trade baskets down the stretch, and Abdul Gaddy hit a 3-pointer as time expired to make it 29-all at the break.
Ellis hit four 3-pointers and is now sixth all-time with 145 career 3-pointers made.
SLU returns to action Sunday afternoon when it hosts Valparaiso at Chaifetz Arena. Tip time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest.