Williams swats Gant to save No. 12 Wildcats

TUCSON, Ariz. — Derrick Williams powered through defenders and the pain in his taped-up right pinky to score at the rim. He soared over opponents to snare rebounds. One of Arizona's worst 3-point shooters in practice, he again came through with the lights on, hitting a big one from the perimeter in the closing minutes.

All that turned out to be just the build-up to the big finish.

Coiling and springing from just inside the paint, Williams leaped up and swatted Darnell Grant's shot into the stands, then topped it off by stealing the inbound pass to preserve No. 12 Arizona's wild, 87-86 win over Washington on Saturday.

"It was a heck of a play by Derrick Williams," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.

And a heck of a night.

Playing the way he did before his pinky injury three weeks ago, Williams powered over and through Washington for 26 points and 13 rebounds. He scored 10 of his points in the final 6 minutes and hit a 3-pointer from in front of Arizona's bench to put the Wildcats up one with just over a minute left.

Williams saved his best for the closing seconds, on the defensive end, no less.

Solomon Hill gave Arizona the lead on a putback with 24 seconds left, but the Wildcats traded a turnover by Washington with one of their own after struggling to get the ball inbound.

Taking the ball out under the basket with 2.2 seconds left, the Huskies got the ball to Gant in the lane, a chance for the win in his hands.

Williams took it away.

Timing his leap perfectly, he swatted the ball at the top of its arc, sending it several rows into the stands. The Huskies had one more shot with less than a second left, but Williams took that away, too, poking the inbound pass away, then running to midcourt, where his teammates piled on and the fans started a chant of "One more year!"

Arizona State 71,Washington State 69

At Tempe, Ariz., Trent Lockett scored 20 points and freshman Chanse Creekmur, in his first start, added a career-best 18 and short-handed Arizona State snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Klay Thompson, held out of the starting lineup for being late for the team bus, scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half as the Cougars (17-10, 7-8 Pac-10). After Creekmur made one of two free throws with 5.8 seconds left, Abe Lodwick's 3-pointer to win the game for Washington State bounced long off the rim.

The Sun Devils (10-16, 2-12), who had lost 11 straight conference games, were without seniors Ty Abbott and Rihards Kuksiks because of injuries.

USC 69, Stanford 53

At Stanford, Calif., Nikola Vucevic scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Alex Stepheson added 15 points, leading Southern California to a win.

Donte Smith had 13 points, while Maurice Jones came off the bench for the second time this season and scored 10 for the Trojans (15-12, 7-7 Pac-10), who beat Stanford at Maples Pavilion for the first time since Feb. 21, 2002, and swept their regular-season series.

Josh Owens scored a team-high 13 points, while Jeremy Green and Josh Huestis each scored 11 for Stanford (13-13, 6-9). Dwight Powell had nine rebounds.


Oregon State 61, Oregon 59

At Corvallis, El Sara Greer had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Oregon State erased a 20-point halftime deficit to beat Oregon.

Greer hit a layup with 1:14 to go that tied it at 59, and Alexis Bostwich hit a pair of free throws with just under a minute to go to give Oregon State (9-16, 2-12 Pac-10) the lead.

Amanda Johnson missed a 3-point attempt on the other end with 6 seconds left and time ran out for the Ducks (12-13, 3-11).

Earlysia Marchbanks added 17 points for Oregon State, which trailed 36-16 at the half. It was the Beavers' second conference win under first-year coach Scott Rueck after a 51-46 victory over Washington on Feb. 5.

Oregon won the teams' first meeting, 81-72 in Eugene, but the Ducks have lost seven straight since then.

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