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Robinson helps UW rally in overtime to prevail against upset-minded Arizona St.

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What appeared to be a Washington rout early on turned into a struggle for the Huskies. Nate Robinson made sure they came out on top.

Robinson, a 5-foot-9 junior, scored six of his 29 points in overtime, and No. 14 Washington survived Arizona State’s comeback to beat the Sun Devils 95-90 Thursday night in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament at The Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“That is one of the best No. 7 seeds, I guarantee you, of any conference tournament,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. “We did not lose our composure. We stayed together.”

The second-seeded Huskies (25-5) will play Stanford – a 60-58 winner over Washington State – in the second semifinal tonight. No. 8 Arizona and Oregon State will meet in the opener.

Washington made 14 of its first 17 shots, including 6 of 6 from 3-point range, in taking an 18-point, first-half lead. As it turned out, the Huskies didn’t clinch the victory until Tre Simmons made two free throws with 13.5 seconds remaining in overtime.

Kevin Kruger’s 3-pointer with 4:14 remaining gave ASU an 86-85 lead — its second of the game. But Brandon Roy made two free throws and Robinson added four straight points to put the Huskies on top 91-86 with 2:09 left.

Pac-10 player of the year Ike Diogu of ASU hit two free throws before Robinson made a bank shot with 1:22 to play, putting UW ahead 93-88. Diogu made two more foul shots with 15.9 seconds left for ASU’s last points.

Simmons added 17 points, Roy scored 12 and freshman Joel Smith added 11 for the Huskies.

“It lasted longer than we might have liked, but you always learn from these situations,” Romar said. “That team, when they get going from the outside, they’re dangerous offensively. Some people think it’s just the Ike Diogu show.”

Kruger equaled his career high with 22 points and Steve Moore also scored 22 for ASU (18-13), which lost its fourth straight game. Diogu, playing the entire 45 minutes, had 21 points, 13 rebounds and a Pac-10 tournament-record five blocked shots. Bryson Krueger added 15 points for the Sun Devils.

Moore made a layup with less than a second left in regulation to tie it at 83 and force overtime.

Moore scored with 14.8 seconds to play to make it 81-all before Hakeem Rollins dunked with 7.1 seconds remaining, giving the Huskies a two-point lead.

Moore scored all but two of his points in the second half.

Washington shot 30 of 67, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range.

Arizona State was 28 of 64 from the field and 10 of 24 on 3-pointers.

(14) Washington 95, ASU 90 (OT)

Arizona State (18-13)–Diogu 6-11 8-9 21, Angounou 1-3 0-0 2, Braxton 1-4 0-0 2, Kruger 6-14 5-7 22, Moore 7-15 6-8 22, Morill 2-7 2-4 6, Krueger 5-7 3-4 15, Jackson 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-64 24-32 90.

Washington (25-5)–Simmons 4-8 8-8 17, Jones 0-6 1-4 1, Jensen 2-2 0-0 5, Robinson 9-16 8-9 29, Conroy 2-10 2-2 6, J.Smith 4-5 2-2 11, Roy 4-6 4-5 12, Rollins 2-5 2-2 6, J.Williams 3-9 2-2 8. Totals 30-67 29-34 95.

Halftime–Washington 52, Arizona State 37. Regulation–Arizona State 83, Washington 83. 3-point goals–Arizona State 10-24 (Kruger 5-13, Krueger 2-3, Moore 2-5, Diogu 1-1, Braxton 0-1, Jackson 0-1), Washington 6-12 (Robinson 3-5, Jensen 1-1, J.Smith 1-1, Simmons 1-3, Conroy 0-2). Fouled out–Braxton, Jackson, Morill, Jensen, Jones. Rebounds–Arizona State 32 (Diogu 13), Washington 46 (Robinson 7). Assists–Arizona State 17 (Braxton, Jackson, Moore 4), Washington 13 (Conroy 7). Total fouls–Arizona State 28, Washington 25. Technicals–Arizona State Team, Kruger, Rollins. A–NA.

Oregon St. 79, UCLA 72

Chris Stephens scored 17 points, Nick DeWitz added 15 points and eight rebounds, and the fifth-seeded Beavers (17-13) surprised the Bruins (18-10) and dimmed UCLA’s hopes of making the NCAA Tournament.

(8) Arizona 88, California 63

Channing Frye scored 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting and the Wildcats (26-5) routed the Golden Bears (13-16). Frye was perfect until missing a 15-footer with 13:05 remaining.

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