TUCSON, Ariz. — Derrick Williams had 26 points, 13 rebounds and a game-saving block on Darnell Gant with less than a second left, lifting No. 12 Arizona to a wild 87-86 win over Washington on Saturday.
Arizona (23-4, 12-2 Pac-10) built a 12-point lead early in the second half, allowed Washington to claw back with a slew of careless turnovers, then pulled out its 15th straight home win behind Williams.
The super sophomore scored 10 of his points in the final 6 minutes, including a big 3-pointer, but saved his best plays on the defensive end in the final seconds.
Solomon Hill gave Arizona the lead on a putback with 24 seconds left, and Williams followed a turnover under the basket by swatting Gant’s shot into the crowd behind the basket. Williams sealed the game by knocking away the inbound pass as time expired and was mobbed by his teammates at midcourt.