The Washington Huskies finished the Pac-12 regular season with two consecutive road wins giving them some confidence heading into Wednesday’s night first-round Pac-12 Tournament game and a rematch against the Arizona Wildcats. The Huskies beat the Arizona Sun Devils 90-83 on Thursday for their first conference road win and made it two in a row Saturday Night with a 69-63 win over the Wildcats.
Jaden McDaniels scored 20 points and Isaiah Stewart added 16 points as the freshmen made sure Washington finished the Pac-12 regular season on a positive note.
Jamal Bey had 12 points and the Huskies (15-16, 5-13) limited Arizona to 35% shooting to complete a two-game sweep of the Arizona trip after losing their first seven Pac-12 road games.
Dylan Smith had 19 points and tied a carer high with six 3-pointers, Zeke Nnajki had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Nico Mannion had 11 points for the Wildcats (20-11, 10-8), who lost three of their last four to fall out of contention for one of four first-round byes in the Pac-12 tournament.
Washington went 8:06 without a field goal late in the second half but made nine free throws to maintain the lead before Bey and McDaniels made back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Huskies in front 65-55.
Smith, playing with both nostrils packed with cotton after taking an elbow to the face in the first half, made all six of of his 3-pointers in the second half, his sixth making it 65-59 with 35.6 seconds remaining before Bey made four free throws to ice it.
Arizona and Washington will play each other in the first found of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Arizona is the fifth seed and Washington is the 12th.