Mathurin, Tubelis power No. 4 Arizona to dominant 92-68 win over Washington
Over the first 10 minutes Saturday, Washington outscored No. 4 Arizona 25-11.
Over the final 30 minutes, the Wildcats outscored the hometown Huskies 81-43.
Arizona started slow once again, missing 15 of its first 21 shots. But when the Wildcats finally settled in, they looked every bit like one of the best teams in America, running away from the upset-minded Huskies and rolling to a 92-68 win in Seattle.
After that 6-for-21 start from the field, Arizona made 30 of its final 42 shots. The Cats had 23 assists on 36 made baskets, got at least three assists from five different players, and finished the game with 11 dunks.
Particularly in the second half when Arizona built its lead as large as 28 points, Benn Mathurin and Dalen Terry and Kerr Kriisa and Justin Kier were completely running Washington off the floor. Washington only had 12 team turnovers, but after every miss and rebound, Arizona looked to push the tempo.
Washington guard Terrell Brown Jr., the Pac-12’s leading scorer at over 20 a game, had 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the first half. He scored 18 of the Huskies’ first 27 points in building up a double-digit lead.
But in the second half Arizona was able to completely remove Brown from the picture. He scored only 5 points on 1-of-8 shooting after the break. As a team, Washington shot just 29% from the field over the final 20 minutes. Brown finished with 29 points (11-14 FT) and five boards, but only two other UW players hit 10—Nate Roberts (4-5 FG) and Emmitt Matthews Jr. (3-9 FG).
On the other side, Arizona saw Azuolas Tubelis put up a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double (his third in UA’s last four games) while Mathurin went for 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Terry had 12 points and seven assists on a perfect shooting night from the floor (5-for-5). Oumar Ballo had 10 points and five boards in just 17 minutes off the bench.
The win moved Arizona to 22-2 on the season and 12-2 in conference play. It’s the Cats’ sixth straight victory. With Oregon falling to Cal on Saturday, Arizona could take a commanding three-game lead in the conference standings with a UCLA loss to USC Saturday night. They’ll return home to face Oregon State next Thursday at 4:30 p.m. PT.
Washington (13-10, 8-5 Pac-12) plays USC in Los Angeles on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. PT.