SEATTLE -- The last time C.J. Wilcox was on the court for Washington, he was being asked to come off the bench after playing just three minutes all game to try to hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds against Michigan State.
That's how much regard Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar has for Wilcox's shooting touch.
"I don't think he realizes how good a shooter he is," teammate Isaiah Thomas said. "If I shot 3s like that, I would shoot it every time."
Wilcox made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points, leading seven Washington players in double figures, and the Huskies (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) topped 100 points for the third time this season in a 102-75 win over Long Beach State on Tuesday night.
Almost a week after falling to No. 6 Michigan State in the third-place game in Maui, Wilcox was still lamenting his airball in the final seconds that helped the Spartans come away with a 76-71 win.
"I still think I should have drew some rim," Wilcox said. "Coach said to put it behind [me]. He apologized for putting me in a tough position and said just look forward."
But Wilcox, and his teammates, didn't let the struggles in Maui linger. Washington (4-2) barely held on to its Top 25 ranking after losing to Kentucky and Michigan State, but it rebounded from the consecutive defeats by beating up on the 49ers.
Wilcox, a redshirt freshman, made six of eight 3-point attempts. Thomas added 19 points, despite missing all six of his 3-point attempts, and Abdul Gaddy and Matthew Bryan-Amaning both added 14 points.
Bryan-Amaning, the Huskies' leading scorer and rebounder entering the game, was benched by Romar in favor of 7-footer Aziz N'Diaye. Romar said the move was in part to reward N'Diaye for his play in Maui but also didn't mind a message being sent to Bryan-Amaning.
"Coach told me I needed to be more of a leader, be smarter with my decision making and put more effort forth on the court," said Bryan-Amaning, who responded to the benching by hitting all seven of his shots.
Beginning with LBSU, the Huskies play five of their final six nonconference games at home before opening Pac-10 play Dec. 29 at USC. Washington's lone road game in the stretch is Dec. 11 at Texas A&M.
And the 49ers proved the kind of rebound opponent the Huskies needed after a tough trip to the islands.
"Especially after the last two games, you want to do whatever you can to hurry up and win," Thomas said.
Washington jumped to a 10-2 lead and the advantage reached 17 points in the first half. But it came with some learning moments from Romar. During one sequence in which the Huskies were forced into a half-court set, Romar shouted three times "What are you running?" as a nod to Washington's struggles in the half court in Maui.
Whether in the half court or on the break, whatever the Huskies ran worked against the 49ers. Washington shot 61 percent and was 14-for-26 on 3s, led by Wilcox's career game. His previous high was 17 points against Virginia in the Maui opener.
Long Beach State, which beat Iowa in the Paradise Jam last week, made one run in the second half. After trailing by 20 points in the opening moments of the half, Ware's floater with 14 minutes left trimmed the lead to 62-49. But Wilcox found himself open on the wing and hit his fifth 3-pointer, and the Huskies followed with another 3 by Darnell Gant and a dunk from Justin Holiday.
Ware and Robinson led four 49ers in double figures but LBSU simply didn't have the depth to stay with Washington. Tuesday night was a reunion of sorts for 49ers coach Dan Monson. Eight years ago, Monson was offered the Washington job by then-athletic director Barbara Hedges. And for a few hours, the one-time Gonzaga coach was the leader of the Huskies, only to decide he wanted to stay at Minnesota.
Monson is in his fourth season with the 49ers and coached his 101st game with them Tuesday.
"I think that they can play with any team in the country, especially when they are shooting the ball well and in good offensive rhythm," Monson said of Washington. "You have to be able to take something away from a team like Washington, and we are not able to do that. They key off of their defense and they just have a lot of weapons."