SALT LAKE CITY - Six weeks ago, Jason Washburn had one of the best games of his college career, but it wasn't enough against Arizona State as Utah lost in overtime.
In the rematch Wednesday, he stepped it up offensively, matching his career high with 26 points and leading Utah to a 60-55 victory.
Afterward, the emotional senior let loose, punching the air, hugging teammates and exchanging high-fives with fans who stuck around to see the wild finish.
"He absolutely had his way with us," ASU coach Herb Sendek said of the senior center, who had a 19-point, 18-rebound effort Jan. 2.
With Utah trailing 53-47 with three minutes remaining, Washburn started the comeback with a pair of free throws.
He put Utah (11-13, 3-9 Pac-12) ahead for good with a reverse layup over Ruslan Pateev with 1:25 left and helped seal the victory with two more free throws with 25 seconds to play.
"We had a talk today in shootaround, and we know where we sit in the Pac-12," Washburn said of the Utes, who entered the night tied for last in the conference.
"That also makes us bad news for teams trying to get into the NCAA tournament. That is just how our season played out. And tonight we never gave up."
Although Washburn's numbers stood out - 9-of-12 shooting, nine rebounds, two blocks, two steals, one assist and no turnovers - several teammates also made key plays.
With Utah leading 58-55, Jared DuBois stepped in to take a charge against Jahii Carson.
DuBois then sank two free throws at the other end for the final margin.
There was also Utes freshman guard Brandon Taylor.
He hadn't made a shot all night, spending much of his time trying to corral Carson along with other players Utah threw at him.
When the Utes needed it, Taylor hit a three-pointer that pulled them within 53-52 with 2:09 left.
• No. 23 Oregon 65, Washington 52: In Seattle, the Ducks took a half-game lead over Arizona for first place. The game ended just before press time; no details were available.
Arizona would regain a tie for first place with a victory at Colorado tonight.
• Oregon State 67, Washington State 66: In Pullman, Wash., Roberto Nelson had 17 points, and Oregon State held off a late-game surge by Washington State.
Eric Moreland added 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Challe Barton had 11 points and three three-pointers, as Oregon State (13-12, 3-9 Pac-12) handed Washington State its fifth straight loss.
DaVonte Lacy had a career-high 27 points and hit seven three-pointers, and Brock Motum added 16 points, for Washington State (11-14, 2-10).