C.J. Wilcox scored 21 points, Andrew Andrews and Abdul Gaddy each added 14, and Washington held off defending NCAA Division II national champion Western Washington 88-78 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.
The Huskies' lone exhibition game before beginning the regular season Nov. 11 became a major headache because the Vikings would not go away. Down by 10 early in the second half, Western Washington pulled even on three occasions in the final 10 minutes and had possessions with the chance to take the lead but could never pull in front.
Consecutive steals and dunks by Jernard Jarreau and Wilcox in the final 2 minutes gave Washington an 11-point lead and finally some cushion.
John Allen and Chris Mitchell led the Vikings with 17 points each. The matchup with Washington was just the precursor to Saturday when Western Washington travels to Durham, N.C., to face Duke.
Paul Jones added 15 for the Vikings, who returned three starters off last season's team that won the first...