Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar’s technical foul looked like a costly mistake. It turned out to be the motivation for a decisive 11-0 run that propelled the 10th-ranked Huskies to a 79-70 victory over Arizona State on Sunday.
“It kind of got us fired up to see Coach right there with us, fighting for us,” guard Nate Robinson said. “To show that side of him was big for us.”
Robinson scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half and the Huskies, 17-3 overall and 7-2 in the Pacific 10 Conference, moved back into a tie with Arizona for first place in the conference.
Ike Diogu had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona State, his 80th double-digit scoring game in his 80-game collegiate career. Kevin Kruger added 12 points but had five turnovers, while Steve Moore scored 11 and Bryson Krueger 10 for the Sun Devils (15-6, 4-5).
Arizona State committed 21 turnovers, compared with 11 for the Huskies.
Romar charged to the baseline to protest an offensive foul call on Bobby Jones and drew a technical from referee Deron White. Krueger made both free throws, then Tyrone Jackson made a three-pointer from the corner to put Arizona State ahead, 43-41, with 13:46 to go.