Jon Brockman scored on the first two possessions of overtime and finished with 21 points, and No. 21 Washington survived a wild finish to regulation and kept control of the Pac-10 race with a 73-70 victory over No. 14 Arizona State on Thursday night in Seattle.
The Huskies (21-7, 12-4) moved 1/2 games clear of everyone else in the conference with only two league games remaining on their schedule, and snapped the Sun Devils’ five-game winning streak.
Brockman scored on the low block twice against ASU’s Jeff Pendergraft, who had four fouls, to start overtime. Justin Dentmon, whose gaffe at the end of regulation helped the Sun Devils force overtime, added six free throws in the overtime.
Pendergraft had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Sun Devils (21-6, 10-5), while James Harden added 19 points, four points after halftime, and he fouled out in overtime.
It was a crazy finish to both regulation and overtime for the Huskies, who snapped an eight-game losing streak in overtime games. The Huskies’ last overtime victory came four years ago against the Sun Devils in the Pac-10 tournament. But this overtime victory was far more important for the Huskies and their hopes of gaining the school’s first outright conference title since winning the Pacific Coast Conference in 1953.
Much of that is due to Dentmon, who struggled with his shot all game but scored Washington’s final five points of regulation and was 6-of-8 on free throws in overtime.
Dentmon finished with 16 points after having a career-high 30 against the Sun Devils in their first meeting last month in Tempe. Quincy Pondexter added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies.
Arizona State took its first lead since 2-0 on Pendergraft’s one-hander on the baseline that made it 53-52 with 5:50 left. The basket capped a 11-2 spurt for the Sun Devils after Washington had the ball with a chance to push its lead to double digits only a few minutes earlier. Rihards Kuksiks added a 3-pointer less than a minute later and suddenly the Sun Devils were up by four.
After Brockman scored for Washington, Kuksiks hit another open 3 from the baseline and ASU’s lead was 59-54. But Dentmon, who made just two of his first 11 shots, hit an open 3-pointer from the wing with 1:53 left to draw Washington even at 59-all.
After Harden missed a challenged drive, Dentmon drove just outside the lane and hit the off-balance runner as the shot clock expired to give the Huskies a two-point lead. Harden missed again with 23 seconds left, but stole the ball from Dentmon in the backcourt and his two-handed dunk — Harden’s first points of the second half — with 13 seconds left pulled the Sun Devils even at 61.
Washington didn’t get a shot off before the end of regulation.
Dentmon’s free throw put Washington up 68-63 with 1:34 left. Jamelle McMillan quickly scored and Kuksiks followed with a basket with 28 seconds left to get the Sun Devils within one.
Dentmon then hit two more free throws with 24 seconds left and Derek Glasser missed ASU’s last chance at a tie when his 3-pointer with 20 seconds left went long.
Venoy Overton hit two free throws for Washington which became crucial when Glasser threw in an off-balance 3 with 4.2 seconds left.
-- The Associated Press