SEATTLE – Nick Johnson made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 41 seconds while Arizona hung on to beat Washington 57-53 for the Wildcats' first win at Washington under coach Sean Miller.
The Wildcats fell behind by 11 points early in the game and trailed by five at halftime, while struggling with its shooting and turnovers the whole game. But Washington had similar issues: Both teams had 17 turnovers and the Huskies shot 36.8 percent overall and made just 1 of 12 three-point attempts.
The win moved Arizona to 18-2 overall and 6-2 in Pac-12 play. Washington dropped to 12-9 and 4-4, having lost four straight games for the first time since 2008.
Johnson led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points while Kaleb Tarczewski had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Arizona entered the final minute with a 53-52 lead, after Solomon Hill hit a 18-footer and Scott Suggs scored inside for Washington. The Wildcats then called timeout with 53 seconds and possession of the ball.
Johnson made 1 of 2 free throws to give UA a 55-53 lead and then Washington lost the ball when Abdul Gaddy fired an errant alley oop pass to C.J. Wilcox. Johsnon was fouled and hit both ends of a one-and-one to make it 57-53 with 26 seconds left.
Washington wound up getting only a missed three-point attempt by center Aziz N’Diaye on its final possession and Arizona ran out the final seconds.
After trailing 28-23 at halftime, UA took a 37-35 lead by the time Johnson hit a three-pointer with 12:01 remaining but the half stayed close from there.
Although Hec Edmundson Pavilion was relatively quiet for much of the low-scoring game, it revved up after C.J. Wilcox hit a three to give UW 48-46 lead over 4:31 left, and they were on their feet during the final minute.
In the first half, Arizona stumbled to an early 11-point deficit and trailed 28-23 at halftime.
The Wildcats struggled all over the court, giving up 12 turnovers and shooting 34.8 from the field while making only 1 of 6 three pointers. They were also outrebounded 18-13.
However, Washington had 10 turnovers of its own and missed all five three-pointers it took.
Tarczewski led the Wildcats in the first half with nine points and four rebounds while Shawn Kemp Jr. and Gaddy each had six for Washington.
Arizona began the game with three turnovers in its first four possessions, while Washington made 4 of 5 shots to start the game.
Miller used all 10 of the Wildcats’ active scholarship players, sprinkling in forward Angelo Chol and guard Gabe York.