SEATTLE (Ticker) -- This time, Nate Robinson and Washington finished the job.
Robinson scored a career-high 31 points as the Huskies ended an eight-game skid against No. 9 Arizona by rallying for a 96-83 Pac-10 Conference upset.
Last February, Washington and Arizona played one of the season's most exciting games when the Wildcats held on for an 88-85 overtime road win. Robinson's quickness gave Arizona fits and he finished with 19 points.
The Huskies' 5-9 dynamo created more nightmares for the Wildcats (13-4, 5-3 Pac-10), who shot 62 percent in building a 45-40 halftime lead. Robinson's 11 first-half points kept Washington afloat.
After halftime, Robinson pushed the ball right at Arizona, which wilted badly. He fed Will Conroy and Bobby Jones for back-to-back jumpers that gave Washington (8-8, 3-5) the lead for good, 75-71, with 4:02 left.
Hassan Adams converted a three-point play to pull the Wildcats within a point. The Huskies responded with the next 13 points, including a pair of hoops by Robinson, whose alley-oop feed to Brandon Roy set up an emphatic dunk.
Washington's last win over Arizona was a 90-84 triumph on February 4, 1999.
Although Arizona freshman Mustafa Shakur turned in a respectable effort, he was no match for Robinson, who made 11-of-15 shots. The tiny guard also turned in the game's most exciting play when he rose to slam down an alley-oop pass for a 66-65 lead with 9:36 remaining.
That play was indicative of the Wildcats' second-half defense as they were shredded to the tune of 58 percent (19-of-33). The Huskies' three-guard lineup shined as Conroy finished with 19 points and eight assists and Roy chipped in 14 points.
Washington, which has won three straight following a five-game skid, converted 21 turnovers into 32 points. The Huskies also got near-perfect foul shooting, draining 24-of-26.
Arizona's lack of depth was exposed as Shakur and Salim Stoudamire had trouble keeping up with the hectic pace. The 56 points surrendered in the second half was a season high for the Wildcats, who have yielded three 50-point halves in the last seven games.
The Wildcats dropped into a second-place tie with Oregon, three games behind unbeaten Stanford.