C.J. Wilcox led four University of Washington players in double figures with 19 points as the Huskies registered a surprisingly narrow 77-71 victory over Florida Atlantic in the second round of the World Vision Classic at Alaska Airlines Arena Sunday night.
Abdul Gaddy added 15 points (and six assists), Terrence Ross 14 and Aziz N’Diaye 13 (as well as 12 rebounds) for Washington, which improved to 2-0. The Huskies shot just 38.1 percent and made only 68.8 percent of their free throws.
Kore White drilled a 3-pointer to pull Florida Atlantic within 74-70 with 1:21 left, but missed another long attempt on the Owls’ next possession. Gaddy had the rebound, was fouled, and hit both free throws with 38 seconds remaining to put the Huskies comfortably ahead.
Greg Gantt had 14 points to lead Florida Atlantic (0-2), which also struggled at the free-throw line, hitting just 13 of 25 attempts. Washington (2-0) went 24 of 35 from the line.
The Huskies play Portland University at 7 p.m. Monday, then will be idle until Nov. 20 when they travel to St. Louis to take on the Billikens, a team once coached by Lorenzo Romar.
Before Washington plays Oregon State in the Pac-12 opener Dec. 29, the Huskies will play two games at Madison Square Garden in New York City — against No. 22 Marquette Dec. 6, and against No. 6 Duke Dec. 10.