C.J. Wilcox eluded a defender at the top of the key and drove around Travis Wear before banking in a jumper to tie the game with 10 seconds left.
However, the Washington men’s basketball team left too much time for UCLA.
At the other end, Bruins guard Larry Drew II surveyed the defense before darting left around a screen and rising for a long jumper over center Aziz N’Diaye and forward Shawn Kemp Jr., who came in too late to alter the shot.
As time expired, the basketball splashed through the bottom of the net, leaving Washington with a 59-57 heartbreaking defeat Thursday at Pauley Pavilion, which has been a house of horrors for the Huskies.
“It’s all kind of intense to make the layup, but you know you got to get a stop,” Wilcox said. “You know there’s time on the clock. The whole time you’re not worried about what just happened or what might happen. You’re just trying to stop the ball.”
Drew, who now has two game-winning shots this season, was an unlikely hero.
The Huskies figured UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muhammad would take the final shot. He already had 22 points and was the only Bruin scoring in double figures.
“We knew at the end of the (game) we wanted to make Drew take a tough shot,” UW guard Abdul Gaddy said. “We were going to bring it to make sure Shabazz didn’t get it.”
“We felt confident that if we could get to overtime, we could win the game.”
“I knew I had a chance to get the basket or create a shot for myself or my teammates,” Drew said. “The defense dictated where I went. I found an opening, took the shot and it went in.”
Colorado 48, (19) Oregon 47: Andre Roberson scored the game-winner with 29 seconds left, capping Colorado’s game-closing 8-0 run and the visiting Buffaloes handed the Ducks their third straight loss.
Roberson finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Buffaloes (15-7, 5-5 Pac-12), who trailed 47-40 with just under 4 minutes to play.
E.J. Singler scored 14 points for the Ducks (18-5, 7-3), who had their 20-game home winning streak snapped.
Arizona State 66, California 62: Evan Gordon scored 23 points, Ruslan Pateev had 12 points and eight rebounds, and the Sun Devils defeated the Golden Bears at Tempe, Ariz.
Arizona State (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12) went up 16 points after a 17-3 run in the first half and kept the lead around double digits until the Bears (13-9, 5-5) tightened up defensively in the closing minutes.
Justin Cobbs hit a 3-pointer to cut Arizona State’s lead to three and followed Gordon’s two free throws with another to pull the Bears within 64-62 with 22 seconds left.
Gordon hit 1 of 2 from the line at the other end to give Cal a chance, but the Sun Devils forced Allen Crabbe into a turnover with 9 seconds left.