Huskies easily defeat Loyola Maryland in season opener, 85-63

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Huskies opened the season with a win at home over Loyola Maryland.

It took the Washington Huskies a half to get the cobwebs out of their system before they defeated Loyola Maryland, 85-63, at home on Sunday.

Guard C.J. Wilcox led all scorers with 22 points, as he helped key off a second half where the Huskies outscored their opponents by 20 points.

The Huskies couldn't quite shake the Greyhounds in the first half, and only took a two point lead into the locker room. Wilcox scored 13 of his 22 points in the second half, including three three-pointers to give the Huskies an 18-point win over a team that was in the NCAA tournament last year.

Center Aziz N'Diaye dominated the low post for the Huskies on the defensive end, blocking three shots while scooping up 16 rebounds. He also added 10 points to round out the solid effort. Head coach Lorenzo Romar heaped praise on his lone big man in a game that featured a four guard line-up quite often for the Huskies.

"Aziz N'Diaye was sensational," Romar said. "It seemed like he was getting every ball that was coming at him and he held on to them for the most part."

Guards Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs added 17 and 15 points for the Huskies on good shooting. The Huskies as a team shot 54 percent from the field and 53 percent from behind the arc. They held the Greyhounds to under 37 percent from the field. Guards Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson each scored in double digits but where a combined 10-30 from the field. Cormier led the Greyhounds with 19 points.

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