Washington 80, No. 14 Arizona 79, OT
Feb. 02, 1996
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Jason Hartman wasn't sure Arizona's A.J. Bramlett hit him hard enough to warrant a foul with 1.1 seconds left and the game tied. He had no second thoughts about the free throw, though.
``I thought, `I'm going to win the game, it's automatic,' '' Hartman said Thursday night after his first free throw provided the margin of victory in Washington's 80-79 upset of No. 14 Arizona.
During a timeout, coach Bob Bender told Hartman to miss the second shot and let the final second expire while the Wildcats chased the rebound. Instead, Arizona's Reggie Geary grabbed it and called time out.
With a second on the clock, Geary threw the in-bounds pass the length of the floor and hit the backboard. It came back to teammate Corey Williams, but he missed a 16-footer as time expired.
``This is the biggest win possible in the last four years,'' Hartman said about Bender's tenure with the Huskies. ``No one in this gym thought we would win.''
The Huskies (13-4) had not won in Tucson since January 1984, an 11-game streak. They won their fifth straight and improved to 6-2 in the Pac-10, snapping Arizona's five-game streak.
Hartman, who missed a 3-pointer as regulation ended 73-73, and Bryant Boston each scored 18 points.
``Teams come in here, but they don't think they can win. We thought that way stepping off the plane,'' Boston said.
Williams scored 20 points and Geary 19 for the Wildcats (15-4, 5-3).
``We felt that by getting the game into overtime that we were going to win,'' Williams said.
He said he didn't think there was a foul, either.
``To have it come down to the situation it did, with a questionable call, and have a game end that way really tries you,'' Williams said.
Jason Hamilton of Washington, scoreless since the first half, finished with 11 points after hitting a 3-pointer and a free throw midway through overtime to lift the Huskies to a 78-76 lead with 2:01 remaining.
Williams tied it with free throws, and Donnell Harris gave Arizona its last lead at 79-78 with another free throw with 1:25 left. But Washington's Mark Sanford, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds, tied it at 79 with 1:05 to play, and the teams were scoreless from then until Hartman got the first of his two.
``There were a few rebounds that bounced off our fingers. If any of them had gone the other way, we could have won,'' Arizona coach Lute Olson said.
Arizona was up 36-33 at halftime, and no more than six points separated the teams during the game, which saw 17 lead changes in regulation and four in overtime.
``We didn't allow them a big spurt,'' Bender said. ``They hit some plays that gave them momentum, but minimizing those runs was important.''
In the second half, Boston gave Washington a 71-67 lead with a layup with 1:03 remaining. But in the final minute, Arizona went on a 6-2 run, catching up on a 3-pointer by Williams with 23 seconds to play.
Geary had 11 points at halftime, but the Wildcats only saw daylight twice _ at 32-26 after a 6-0 run capped by a 3-pointer by Geary, and at 36-30 when Geary hit a layup and two free throws in the final 45 seconds. But Hamilton made a 35-footer at the buzzer to cut the deficit in half.