The Huskies were being pummeled within by a punishing Arizona Condition front line that outscored them 42-20 in the paint and received the rebounding battle 40-23.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Best no more.
The Huskies lost their initial Pac-12 recreation on Saturday night, a 75-63 defeat at Arizona Condition that snapped a 12-recreation profitable streak.
Washington (19-5, 10-1 Pac-12) even now maintains a commanding 3-recreation direct in the conference’s regular-season title race with seven contest remaining.
Right here are 3 impressions.
SO WHAT Took place?
Not confident if Arizona Condition unlocked some terrific thriller or exposed the Huskies in a way that’ll make them susceptible to potential opponents.
Defensively, Washington did what Washington does.
The Huskies took away ASU’s perimeter recreation (6 of 17 on 3-pointers), pressured 24 turnovers and stored the recreation within just reach for most of the night.
On the other hand, the Sunlight Devils experienced terrific achievements obtaining the ball into the substantial publish, which is one thing most UW opponents are not able to do.
And Arizona Condition has a functional player in Zylan Cheatham, who is in a position to make great decisions in the substantial publish.
Other ASU players scored more points, but the 6-foot-8 senior ahead was the game’s MVP. He completed with 9 points, 9 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals in 34 minutes.
Cheatham also dedicated six turnovers, but he was a major cause why Arizona Condition shot 61.7 % from the industry, outscored UW 42-20 in the paint and received the rebound battle 40-23.
With Cheatham dishing, it led to a cavalcade of dunks for the Sunlight Devils, who completed with eight — 3 from Romello White (17 points), 3 from Cheatham and a single every single from Luguentz Dort (15 points) and De’Quon Lake.
Between UW’s remaining opponents, only a handful of groups have a player like Cheatham who can damage the Huskies.
Oregon State’s Tres Tinkle, Colorado’s Tyler Bey and Washington State’s C.J. Ellerby are multidimensional players who can work within and be effective with their shot-building and passing.
It’s unfair to pin a decline on a single man, but the Huskies could have utilised 6-9 Hameir Wright, who sat on the bench in uniform but missed his second straight recreation owing to ailment.
Wright, UW’s second-leading shot blocker with 30 swats, provides UW yet another very long defender to patrol the paint.
With no him, the Huskies relied greatly on Sam Timmins and Noah Dickerson. Timmins experienced a few of nice baskets early, but he was not considerably of a defensive existence.
Dickerson delivered a gutty efficiency (18 points and eight rebounds) thinking about he was saddled with foul issues and even now dealing with a sprained ideal ankle and estimates he’s involving “80 and 85 percent” balanced.
NOT Sufficient Manufacturing
David Crisp scored 13 of his 17 points in the second fifty percent, but he strike 6 of 19 tries — which typifies the Huskies’ offensive problems.
Arizona Condition also created lifetime depressing for Jaylen Nowell, who experienced 15 points on 5-of-13 capturing. He was typically pressured to pass out of double groups on the perimeter and dedicated four of UW’s 17 turnovers.
Dickerson, who created 5 of 7 industry goals and 8 of 12 no cost throws, was the only UW player who was marginally effective on the offensive close.
Matisse Thybulle was 1 of 6 capturing 3 points. Dominic Eco-friendly completed with a vocation-substantial 5 steals but tallied just six points.
And Nahziah Carter was scoreless on -of-5 capturing in 15 minutes off the bench. He was not able to get into a flow mainly because of a couple erratic substitutions.
Washington shot 36.8 % from the industry — its second cheapest of the season.
Not incredibly, the very last time they were being this lousy, the Huskies lost their very last recreation — a 73-61 defeat against Virginia Tech on Dec. 15.
Continue to, Washington scored more points at Oregon — a 61-56 win — and was in a position to get the victory.
SO What’s Up coming?
It’s been so very long since their very last decline, so there is truly no telling how the Huskies will handle their initial setback in approximately two months.
Washington has not lost consecutive games this season, but individuals early defeats were being in the nonconference season and followed by winnable games against mid-majors.
The Huskies have a comparatively light-weight week as their following recreation is Saturday at Washington Sate.
They’ll consider a few of times off, which is great timing for Dickerson, Wright and a few of players who are also dealing with an ailment.
But the Huskies will have their hands full in the following recreation against a Cougars group that did what UW was not able to do and received two games in Arizona.
Not specifically confident how they did it, but the Cougars upset Arizona Condition 91-77 on Thursday in advance of beating Arizona 69-55 on Saturday.
WSU ahead Robert Franks performed a significant job in both of those wins, scoring 34 points in both of those games.
Of course, the Huskies will want to include Franks, who did not engage in in their initial meeting — an 85-67 UW win on Jan. 5 at Alaska Airlines Arena.