Per The University of Washington Press Release…..
SEATTLE (AP) — 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 get recognized from the sold-out crowd.
So in the closing moments, Hopkins subbed out his stars to give them the ovation they deserved after reaching an accomplishment that hasn’t happened often in Pac-12 play.
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 season 10-0 before its first loss in conference. 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.”
It was not one of Washington’s more eye-pleasing performances, especially in the first half when both teams were more interested in committing turnovers than getting good looks at the basket. But the Huskies made 11 3-pointers, including four in the first half from Crisp, to help offset the early sloppiness.
Thybulle finished with seven steals, two off the school record. He had six in the first half.
“It’s hard to have an answer for five guys. We were able to get them from all areas of the court,” Thybulle said. “We were hitting 3s, we were getting to the hoop, we were getting guys in the post. When you don’t know where a team is going to be attacking you from, it’s really hard to cover every angle.”
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.
Washington never trailed the final 30 minutes, but it wasn’t until a late flurry of 3s that finally gave the Huskies a comfortable cushion. Leading 49-41, Thybulle hit a pair of 3s, Dominic Green added another and Sam Timmins 3-point play on a dunk helped Washington take its biggest lead at 63-48 with four minutes remaining. Timmins had nine points and six rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench with Hameir Wright in foul trouble and Washington losing forward Noah Dickerson to an injury early in the second half.
The Huskies zone defense continues to work against conference foes. Washington has held every conference opponent to 70 points or less. The 55 points by UCLA was a season-low.
This should be the week Washington returns to the AP Top 25. The Huskies started the year at No. 25 in the preseason but quickly departed. Washington was the third team outside the poll last week.
The Huskies face a major road test traveling to Arizona next Thursday.
Below is the actual video of Mike Hopkins Postgame Press Conference…..