Washington Huskies ( 19-4, 10-0 Pac-12) senior guard David Crisp scored 17 points to record his 14th double-figure game of the season as the Huskies beat the Arizona Wildcats ( 14-5, 5-5) 67 to 60 to record their 10th conference win of the season Thursday night in Tuscon. Mattise Tybulle scored 15pts, blocked five shots and recorded five steals as the Huskies had five players score double figures in the defensive win over the Wildcats.
Jaylen Nowell ( 10pts), Nahzia Carter ( 10pts ) and Noah Dickerson (10pts) rounded out the Huskies double-digit scoring. Dickerson played 26 minutes due to a right ankle sprain he suffered in the Huskies win over UCLA. While having five players record double digits in scoring is impressive, it was the Huskies suffocating 2-3 zone that forced 20 turnovers and held the Wildcats to 37 percent shooting.
The Huskies took command of the game with a 7-0 run to start the second half after a 29-28 halftime lead. The Huskies started the half with a commitment to defense that contested every shot by Arizona and the relentless defense by Washington finally caught up to the Wildcats who started the second half with a 0-11 stretch.
Washington is off to its best conference start since going 14-0 in 1952-53 and has won 12 straight games, all while holding opponents to 70 points or less.
The Huskies have a three-game lead at the midpoint of the Pac-12 season and is the second-largest since 1978-79 when the conference went to the 18-game schedule. Thursday nights win was the first for the Huskies since January 2012. The Wildcats have now lost four straight for the first time in 10 years.