Huskies cruise by Wildcats

Matisse Thybulle set the tone early by blocking Brandon Randolph’s jumper in the paint.

Washington’s long-armed senior guard swatted away Ryan Luther’s shot two minutes later and kept knocking balls away, swatting and stealing the Huskies to the cusp of a Pac-12 title.

Thybulle had 15 points, five blocked shots and five steals, helping Washington remain undefeated in Pac-12 play with a 67-60 win over host Arizona on Thursday night.

“It’s funny. It’s honestly funny,” said David Crisp, who led Washington with 17 points. “You’d think they would be more aware. Maybe after a guy blocked my shot two times, maybe I’ll look out for him. He sets the tone defensively.”

Washington (19-4, 10-0 Pac-12) had another impressive defensive night, forcing 20 turnovers and holding Arizona to 37 percent shooting. The Huskies are off to their best conference start since going 14-0 in 1952-53 and have won 12 straight games, all while holding opponents to 70 points or less.

Coming off an overtime loss to Arizona State, Arizona (14-9, 5-5) played without freshman guard Brandon Williams due to a lingering knee injury. Justin Coleman led the Wildcats with 16 points.

Other men: Robert Franks Jr. scored 34 points and Washington State (9-14, 2-8 Pac-12) stunned host Arizona State (15-7, 6-4), rolling to a 91-70 victory. … Corey Davis Jr. scored 26 points and No. 12 Houston (22-1, 9-1 American Athletic) won 77-68 at Central Florida. … Jordan Bohannon had 25 points, scoring the last 11 for No. 20 Iowa (18-5, 7-5 Big Ten) in a 77-72 win at Indiana. … Jarron Cumberland scored 17 points and keyed a late rally as No. 25 Cincinnati (20-3, 9-1 American Athletic) overcame a poor shooting night to win 69-64 at Memphis. … Josip Vrankic scored 26 points, Guglielmo Caruso added 18 and visiting Santa Clara (13-11, 5-5 WCC) swept the season series with Pepperdine (11-13, 4-6), winning 79-71.

Women: Emese Hof and Beatrice Mompremier had double-doubles for No. 25 Miami (20-5, 8-2 ACC), helping the host Hurricanes beat No. 4 Notre Dame (21-3, 8-2) 72-65. … Nausia Woolfolk hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points and No. 24 Florida State (20-3, 8-2 ACC) scored 10 straight points late in the fourth quarter in a 75-70 home win over No. 9 North Carolina State (21-2, 8-2). … Asia Durr scored 15 points to help No. 2 Louisville (22-1, 9-1 ACC) post a 76-51 home win over 15th-ranked Syracuse. … Stephanie Jones had 16 points and nine rebounds and No. 10 Maryland (21-2, 10-2 Big Ten) beat visiting Northwestern 72-57. … Megan Mckay had 19 points and 10 rebounds as visiting St. Mary’s (14-7, 8-4 WCC) beat BYU 78-75. … Yasmine Robinson-Bacote had 28 points as Pepperdine (14-7, 8-4 WCC) beat USF (6-16, 2-9) on the Hilltop, 72-66. … Chelsey Gipson scored 25 points and Loyola Marymount (14-10, 7-5 WCC) won 69-60 at Santa Clara (10-12, 3-8).

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