SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Ninth-ranked North Carolina State was perfect, until it left the cozy confines of the RBC Center.
Tre Simmons scored five of his 12 points in the final 30 seconds as No. 20 Washington rallied for a 68-64 victory over the previously unbeaten North Carolina State at Bank of America Arena.
"This game was obviously a huge game for us going in," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "It was an even bigger game the way that we won it because we didn't shoot the ball well from the perimeter and we didn't make foul shots, but we still found a way to win."
Simmons was fouled while hitting a layup with 22.3 remaining and hit the ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play, giving the Huskies (8-1) a 66-61 lead.
Engin Atsur answered with a 3-pointer six seconds later to decrease the Wolfpack's deficit to 66-64. After Nate Robinson failed to extend Washington's lead by missing a free throw, Julius Hodge drew contact while misfiring on a potentially game-tying layup, but did not get the call.
Simmons grabbed the rebound with two-tenths of a second remaining before burying a pair of free throws to clinch the victory for Washington.
Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek did not regret the decision to give Hodge the last shot.
"We were out of timeouts, and to be honest with you, he is as good as anybody on the open floor," Sendek said. "In that situation, with 10.9 seconds left, I don't think we could get a better opportunity than him striking, and taking it to the rim with his strong hand. He may have got fouled, but that is how the game goes sometimes.
"I asked Julius and he said he got hit with body, and I believe him. From my angle it looked like it was. There is certainly no excuse, you have to give Washington a lot of credit."
North Carolina State (8-1) took a 56-55 lead at the five-minute mark of the second half on a layup by Cameron Bennerman but Mike Jensen hit an alley-oop layup from Will Conroy 12 seconds later to put the Huskies ahead for good.
Conroy chipped in with 12 points and seven assists to make up for Robinson, who was just 2-of-11 from the floor and managed just seven points. The 5-9 Robinson, who scored 28 against Loyola Marymount in the Huskies' last contest, entered the game ranked eighth in the nation with a 22.5 average
Jamaal Williams had nine points and six rebounds and Robinson had seven boards for Washington, which held an edge on the boards, 43-34, despite not having any player with more than seven rebounds.
"The rebounding is distributed amongst many different players," Romar said. "Sometimes we rely on just a few guys to rebound for us, but tonight everyone was rebounding."
Brandon Roy, who had missed the previous five games with a knee injury, was 5-of-5 from the floor and scored all 10 of his points in the second half for the Huskies.
"Brandon Roy played in practice a couple of days prior and we couldn't believe how well he was moving," Romar said. "He mentioned that he didn't know if he could before the game started. We didn't know if we wanted to put him in there, but we tried it out and it worked out."
Bennerman scored 16 points and Hodge added 15 for N.C. State, which lost despite outscoring Washington on the fast break, 12-4.