While Mike Hopkins continues to preach that nothing tangible has been accomplished during Washington’s 11-game win streak and surge to the top of the Pac-12 standings, he still wanted those responsible for the Huskies’ latest triumph to be recognized by the sold-out crowd in Seattle.
So in the closing moments, Hopkins subbed out his top players to give them the ovation they deserved after reaching an accomplishment that hasn’t happened often in Pac-12 play.
David Crisp and Jaylen Nowell each scored 15 points, Matisse Thybulle added 14, and Washington finished the first half of Pac-12 play unbeaten after a 69-55 win over UCLA on Saturday.
The Huskies (18-4, 9-0) became the ninth team since the 1978-79 season to reach 9-0 in conference play. Arizona started the 2016-17 conference season 10-0. Before the Wildcats, it had been since the 2003-04 season that a team started 9-0. Stanford started the 2003-04 season 17-0 before losing.
“I don’t think we played great tonight. I’d say good, and below the last two games,” Hopkins said. “We’ve won, but where we want to be and what we want to accomplish, it’s not good enough. We still need to improve in so many areas.”
Kris Wilkes led UCLA (12-10, 5-4) with 20 points and Prince Ali added 12, but the Bruins were unable to complete their first road sweep since late in the 2016-17 season when they swept the Arizona schools.
Oregon State 81, Utah 72: Tres Tinkle scored 31 points and Kylor Kelley blocked six shots as the Beavers (14-7, 6-3 Pac-12) swept the Colorado-Utah road trip for the first time to stay tied with USC for second place in the conference. Timmy Allen scored a career-best 24 points and Sedrick Barefield had 19 points for the Utes (11-10, 5-4). Kelley, a 7-foot junior from Gervais, Ore., became Oregon State’s all-time single-season leader in blocked shots, passing Eric Moreland (73 in 2012-13).
USC 93, Washington St. 84: Nick Rakocevic scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Jonah Mathews scored 20 points on 6-7 shooting from 3-point range as the visiting Trojans (13-9, 6-3) never trailed. Robert Franks scored 25 points for the Cougars (8-14, 1-8).
Colorado 73, Oregon 51: Tyler Bey scored a career-high 27 points on 9-of-9 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for the host Buffaloes (12-9, 3-6 Pac-12), who led 40-17 at halftime. Louis King had 12 points to lead the Ducks (13-9, 4-5), who shot 31 percent (18 of 58), including 4 of 25 from 3-point range.
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