Washington in a zone, knocks off No. 2 Kansas
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.