SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Nate Robinson and Washington wanted a shot at unbeaten Stanford and made the most of the opportunity.
Robinson was one of five starters in double figures as the Huskies ended the top-ranked Cardinal's bid for Pac-10 Conference perfection with a 75-62 victory.
Stanford (26-1, 17-1 Pac-10) was trying to become the first team to complete an unbeaten Pac-10 campaign since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1978. The Cardinal used several thrilling finishes to keep their perfect record intact, including Matt Lottich's buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Thursday at Washington State.
Washington (17-10, 12-6) watched Lottich's game-winner from its locker room after defeating California. The Huskies rooted wildly for the Cardinal and Robinson, a 5-9 sophomore, led the cheers when Stanford pulled it out.
Then they went out and handed Stanford its first loss.
"It's awfully exciting to be in this position," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "To see our guys go through this and play at this level, it is really priceless. People go through their college career and do not get to experience something like this."
"Twenty-six wins is pretty good, but the thing is you get to a one-win season and you are faced with a prospect of having an unbelievable goal," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "It's disappointing because it's something we had in our grasp and let it get away from us."
Given a chance to boost its NCAA Tournament chances, Washington led by as many as 12 points before settling for a 35-25 halftime cushion. The Cardinal came out of the locker room and scored the first nine points, holding the Huskies without a basket for more than six minutes.
Robinson ended the drought with a basket at the 13:52 mark for a 37-34 edge as Washington never fell behind in the second half. Mike Jensen nailed a key 3-pointer for a 60-51 advantage with 3:18 left as the Huskies won for the 12th time in 14 games.
"It feels great," Jensen said. "We have circled this game on our calendar for a long time. Every game we have built it up and prepared ourselves well for it. It was our goal to really pressure them and not give them open shots."
Stanford's loss left No. 2 St. Joseph's as the lone unbeaten team in the nation. The Hawks (27-0) completed their regular season Tuesday with a rout of St. Bonaventure.
Reserve Tre Simmons scored 16 points and Robinson, who came off the bench so senior Curtis Allen could start his final home game, added 13. The Huskies enjoyed a 24-3 advantage in points from the line.
Simmons' 3-pointer nearly eight minutes into the game gave Washington the lead for good at 16-15 and it stretched to 35-23 on Bobby Jones' two foul shots with 2:08 left in the first half. Chris Hernandez's driving layup closed the gap to 10 points at the break and gave the Cardinal momentum that it used for their fast start after halftime.
"Also in the second half when we lost our heads, we did not fold," Romar said. "I told our guys that we had to keep our poise like some teams do, when they are up by 20 or down by 20. We did not get rattled after that exchange."
The Huskies' quickness was the difference as the Cardinal had trouble keeping up all game. Stanford committed 14 of its 18 turnovers in the first half and was just 5-of-24 from the arc.
"Their quickness hurt us and we only shot three foul shots in the first half and that meant we weren't aggressive," Montgomery said.
But Stanford eventually wore down and shot only 35 percent (15-of-43) over the final 20 minutes. There were no heroics from Lottich, who struggled to make 1-of-11 shots and missed all six 3-pointers before fouling out.