Washington Huskies Win Pac-10 Tournament On Isaiah Thomas' Buzzer Beater

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Pac-10 Championship Game 2011: Isaiah Thomas' Buzzer Beater Gives Washington The Win

Isaiah Thomas hit a step-back jumper at the buzzer to give Washington a 77-75 overtime win over Arizona to win the Pac-10 Championship Game. Thomas crossed over and stepped back just inside the three-point line to score his 28th points of the game on the shot.

The Wildcats had tied the game at 75 on a three-pointer by Kevin Parrom with 20 seconds to go. The Huskies elected to call timeout and gave the ball to Thomas, who did the rest.

Arizona looked to have the game in hand in regulation, taking a four-point lead with 23 seconds left on two free throws by Derrick Williams. However, Washington hit a three, and after two more free throws, they tied the game when Thomas penetrated and kicked out to C.J. Wilcox in the corner for another three.

Williams was spectacular with 24 points and 11 rebounds, but Thomas was the story of this game. He dominated, and it was fitting that he was the guy who won it. 

For more, follow along with SB Nation's Arizona blog, Arizona Desert Swarm, and our Washington blog, UW Dawg Pound.

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Pac-10 Championship Game: Arizona Leads, 36-33, At Halftime

Arizona leads Washington, 36-33 at halftime of the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament Championship game. Isaiah Thomas is dominating for Washington, with 19 points, but Arizona has the lead with a more balanced effort.

Thomas scored 19 first-half points, slicing his way through the Arizona defense. Unfortunately for the Huskies, most of his teammates have not performed well. The Huskies stifled Arizona briefly with a zone defense, but Arizona figured it out and started hitting threes.

Derrick Williams leads Arizona with nine points, and also has four rebounds and two assists. Arizona hasn't gotten him the ball much, but he's still made a major impact in other areas of the game. He's flashed the kind of complete game that has NBA scouts drooling over his potential. While Thomas is the star of this game, Williams may be making more of an impact on the game.

Washington is likely in the NCAA Tournament either way, but a win would clinch it.

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Pac-10 Championship Game 2011, Washington Vs. Arizona: Huskies Shooting For Repeat

On Saturday, the 2011 Pac-10 tournament will conclude when Washington and Arizona meet in the championship game (6 p.m. Eastern, CBS). At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Huskies will look to win the tournament for the second consecutive year. Arizona, meanwhile, has a chance at a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament with a victory.

This will be the third meeting of the 2010-11 season between the two teams. On January 20, Isaiah Thomas' double-double (22 points, 10 assists) led the Huskies to an 85-68 victory. The second time around, on February 19, the Wildcats answered with an 87-86 victory, to which Derrick Williams contributed 26 points, 11 rebounds, and a game-saving block in the final seconds.

Arizona is looking for its Pac-10-leading fifth conference championship in school history. Washington, meanwhile, has a chance to win its third.

For more, follow along with SB Nation's Arizona blog, Arizona Desert Swarm, and our Washington blog, UW Dawg Pound.

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