The Wildcats neutralized the inside game of Washington and saw the Huskies shoot just 15% from behind the arc.
Offensively the Cats moved well without the ball and took advantage of superior athleticism to create mismatches all game long.
After nearly a month of spotty shooting, the Cats were much more efficient from the field. Although their 5-13 shooting from behind the arc is not a spectacular number it is much better than it had been of late.
Five Wildcats scored in double figures, led by freshman Jordan Hill. Hill scored a career high 16, while grabbing eight rebounds and blocking five shots.
Hill got his second start in a row and is playing with great confidence. Although he was matched up with the much heralded Spencer Hawes, it was Hill who played like the all-star. Hill bennefitted from some very nice passes, but also created his own shot in the blocks.
The only starter not to score in double figures was Mustafa Shakur, but it was obvious that the senior was thinking pass-first. Shakur took just five shots but dished off for eight assits.
Although Marcus Williams only had 11 points, he chipped in six assists and played very smart, unselfish game.
The Wildcats held the Huskies to just 38.1% shooting and an even worse 3-20 from behind the arc. Ryan Appleby torched the Wildcats a year ago but made just one of eight three point attempts.
The heralded front line of Jon Brockman and Hawes was rendered mostly ineffective. Hawes, who has been battling the flu, did not get the start and scored six points and grabbed just six rebounds. Brockman battled foul trouble and had 10 points and just two rebounds.
Maybe a more important stat for the Cats is the fact that no player had to log more than 30 minutes.