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UW hoops: Huskies down D-II champion Western Washington, 88-78

Washington held off a scrappy Western Washington squad to snatch a victory in their only preseason exhibition game.

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Huskies knocked off defending Division II national champion Western Washington, 88-78 in an exhibition game at Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday night.

Junior shooting guard C.J. Wilcox led the way for the Huskies with 21 points and seven rebounds. Wilcox poured in 11 points over the final five minutes of play and drained a key 3-pointer to ignite an 11-3 Huskies run that helped Washington pull away down the stretch. Huskies guard Abdul Gaddy and redshirt freshman Andrew Andrews had 14 points a piece.

Western Washington center Chris Mitchell and guard John Allen each poured in 17 points for the Vikings, whose scrappy play helped them rally from a 13-point deficit in the second half. Mitchell also added seven rebounds. Forward Paul Jones scored 15 points while going 7-of-13 from the field.

The exhibition was the Huskies' only preseason contest before they open the regular season on Nov. 11 and play host to the Loyola Greyhounds.