Wash­ing­ton in a zone, knocks off No. 2 Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, MO. >> Firstyear Wash­ing­ton coach Mike Hop­kins saw how Kansas dis­sected Syra­cuse’s vaunted 2-3 zone de­fense last week, so he made a cou­ple tweaks to his own ver­sion be­fore fac­ing the Jay­hawks on Wed­nes­day.

Pri­mar­ily, Hop­kins stretched the zone to take away the 3-pointer.

It worked to perfection. The Huskies frus­trated the Jay­hawks’ dan­ger­ous lineup of deep threats, Matisse Thy­bulle hit five of eight 3-point­ers and scored 19 points, and Wash­ing­ton kept its poise down the stretch for a 74-65 vic­tory that knocked No. 2 Kansas from the ranks of the un­beaten.

“We’ve been very for­tu­nate this year to play a lot of teams that shoot 30 and 35 3-point­ers. It’s re­ally the kryp­tonite of the zone,” said Hop­kins, who spent 22 years on Jim Boe­heim’s staff at Syra­cuse, a ten­ure that came in handy con­sid­er­ing the Jay­hawks just beat the Or­ange.

“I felt like this could be our best op­por­tu­nity to win the game,” Hop­kins said.

Jaylen Now­ell also had 15 points, and Noah Dick­er­son added 13 points and 14 re­bounds, as the Huskies (7-2) beat the Jay­hawks (7-1) for the first time since De­cem­ber 1974.

“We re­ally just didn’t have it tonight. You have to give them credit,” the Jay­hawks’ Devonte Gra­ham said. “They made ev­ery shot and they did a good job of not let­ting us get com­fort­able.”

Lager­ald Vick had a ca­reer-high 28 points for Kansas, do­ing al­most all his dam­age in the mid­dle of the Huskies’ zone. But he didn’t get a whole lot of help as the Jay­hawks went 5-for-20 from the 3-point arc, low­lighted by lousy per­for­mances from their two best sharp­shoot­ers.

Gra­ham, com­ing off backto-back 35-point out­bursts, was held to three points on 1-for-8 shooting, while Svi Mykhail­iuk was 3-for-12 from the field and scored eight points be­fore foul­ing out.

“They took ev­ery­body away but Lager­ald — ‘See if you can beat us,’” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I thought our de­fense was hor­ren­dous and our hus­tle plays weren’t very good ei­ther.”

Loy­ola-Chicago 65, No. 5 Florida 59

GAINESVILLE, FLA. >> Aun­dre Jack­son scored 23 points, Cameron Krutwig added 14 and the Ram­blers (9-1) handed the Ga­tors (5-3) their third con­sec­u­tive loss.

Florida shot 36.9 per­cent from the field, missed 17 of 19 3-point at­tempts and fin­ished with seven as­sists.

The Ram­blers were much more ef­fi­cient, shooting 52 per­cent from the field and mak­ing half their 12 shots from behind the arc.

No Florida player reached dou­ble dig­its in scor­ing and the Ga­tors led for just 93 sec­onds.

“Hope­fully we’ve been hum­bled a bit,” Florida coach Mike White said.


Cal State Fullerton 76, Portland 66

PORTLAND, ORE. >> Khalil Ahmad scored 24 points with four 3-point­ers, Kyle All­man added 21 points and the Ti­tans (5-3) beat the Pi­lots (3-6) for their fourth straight win.

Do­minik Heinzl scored 10 with four re­bounds and Jack­son Rowe had eight boards for the Ti­tans, who scored 14 sec­ond-chance points off of eight of­fen­sive re­bounds.

Idaho State 74,

Cal St. Northridge 66

POCATELLO, IDAHO >> Balint Moscan shot six of nine beyond the 3-point arc en route to a ca­reer-high 23 points and the Bengals (2-5) handed the Mata­dors (1-7) their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive loss.

Micheal War­ren led Cal State Northridge with 18 points and a ca­reer-high 12 re­bounds.

South­ern Utah 94, Long Beach State 89

CEDAR CITY, UTAH >> Brandon Bet­ter scored 26 points, Jadon Co­hee added 25 — both ca­reer highs — and the Thun­der­birds (5-3) beat the 49ers (4-7).

Bet­ter was fouled on a driv­ing layup with 1:12 re­main­ing and it bounced in off the back rim. He added the free throw for an 88-86 lead. South­ern Utah made its next six free throws —with four by Bet­ter — to seal it.

Bryan Al­berts led Long Beach State with 25 points.

Utah State 62, UC Irvine 59

LO­GAN, UTAH >> Sam Mer­rill scored 13 points, and Koby McEwen made a pair of free throws with five sec­onds left to help the Ag­gies (4-4) beat the Anteaters (4-7).

Tommy Ruther­ford’s 3-point shot for UC Irvine rimmed out at the buzzer.

UC Irvine shot 4-for-6 from the line to pull to 60-59 with 24 sec­onds left be­fore McEwen’s free throws.

UC Davis 71, Pa­cific 67

DAVIS, CALIF. >> Chima Moneke scored 20 points, Siler Sch­nei­der added 18 and the Ag­gies (6-2) snapped a three-game win­ning streak by the Tigers (5-5).

An­thony Townes’ tip-in bas­ket with 11 sec­onds brought Pa­cific to 69-67 but TJ Shorts II made a pair of free throws to end it.


Wash­ing­ton’s Noah Dick­er­son cel­e­brated a dunk as Kansas players looked on.

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