Wilcox leads Washington to 68-63 win

Wilcox leads Washington to 68-63 win
January 6, 2013, 12:02 am
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With his team behind, Washington State head coach Ken Bone reacts after a foul was called on one of his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) C.J. Wilcox scored 18 points and Washington beat poor-shooting Washington State 68-63 on Saturday night.

Scott Suggs scored three late baskets to help Washington (9-5, 1-0 Pac-12) successfully begin its defense of last year's Pac-12 regular season title.

Mike Ladd scored 15 points to lead Washington State (9-5, 0-1), which has lost four straight to its cross-state rival.

The Huskies jumped to a big early lead and poor shooting plagued Washington State much of the game.

Washington State was scoreless in the first five minutes of the game to fall behind 9-0. Consecutive 3-pointers by Suggs and Wilcox pushed Washington's lead to 17-4 and the Cougars had trouble even attempting shots on several of their possessions.

Shawn Kemp Jr. made back-to-back dunks as Washington built a 21-4 lead and the Cougars were just 2 of 13 from the field at that point.