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Arizona beats Huskies with hoop in final seconds, 75-74

Wright with career-high 18 points for Washington

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Arizona forward Jordan Brown (21), left, and guard Dalen Terry (4) tangle with Washington guard Erik Stevenson (10) and center Riley Sorn (52) for control of a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona forward Jordan Brown (21), left, and guard Dalen Terry (4) tangle with Washington guard Erik Stevenson (10) and center Riley Sorn (52) for control of a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP) Photo Gallery

TUCSON, Ariz. — James Akinjo scored a career-high 26 points with seven assists, his final one a kick-out to Azuolas Tubelis who converted a baseline jumper for a 75-74 victory over Washington on Saturday.

Washington’s Quade Green was called for a charge, and after a timeout by Arizona with 15 seconds left, Akinjo headed into the paint before dishing the ball to Tubelis, who with one foot on the 3-point arc hit the game-winner with 5.2 seconds remaining. Green’s hurried 3-point try at the buzzer was short.

Akinjo, who scored 21, 20 and 19 points in his previous three games, was 5 of 8 from the arc. Tubelis added 16 points and 15 rebounds, Bennedict Mathurin had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Christian Koloko 11 points for the Wildcats (17-8, 11-8 Pac-12), who won their third straight game and swept the season series from Washington (5-20, 4-16), which dropped its third straight in its regular-season finale.

Trailing 33-29 at halftime, Washington had the lead early in the second half before Arizona went up by eight with a 10-0 run. Washington regained the lead on Erik Stevenson’s basket with a 1 1/2 minutes remaining. Akinjo hit a 3-pointer to take back the lead before it reverted to the Huskies on two Green free throws with a minute remaining. The teams swapped possessions before Tubelis sank the winner.

Washington’s Hameir Wright scored a career-high 18 points with five 3-pointers before fouling out with two minutes left. Green added 17 points, Marcus Tsohonis 13, Stevenson 12 and Jamal Bey 11. The Huskies outshot Arizona by 13% but was outrebounded 41-29, giving up 10 more offensive rebounds which led to Arizona’s 18-3 domination in second-chance points.

Arizona concludes its season at Oregon on Monday. The university announced in December it was self-imposing a postseason ban on the men’s basketball program as a result of a long-running NCAA investigation.

HONORED

At halftime, Arizona inducted former players Ernie McCray (1958-60) and the late Albert “Al” Fleming (1972-76) as the 26th and 27th members of program’s Ring of Honor. McCray, a Tucson native, set 12 school records during his senior season and became the first African-American basketball player to graduate from the university. Fleming, who died in 2003, holds the school record of 53 double-doubles.

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