SEATTLE (Ticker) -- With a number of streaks on the line for No. 16 Washington, Mike Jensen made some key shots at the right time.
Jensen set a career high with 17 points, including a pair of free throws with eight seconds left, to help the Huskies to a 76-73 victory over Stanford in a Pac-10 Conference matchup.
The Huskies (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10) are off to their best start in 29 years and have their first eight-game winning streak since 1983-1984. Washington has also won 15 straight home games.
"Mike Jensen was very good on both ends of the floor," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "It's great for us, since we emphasize team so much, that as the team is working, a couple of guys always raise up above the crowd and will us to win."
Tre Simmons scored nine of Washington's first 17 points in an early 17-6 run, before Stanford (6-6, 0-2) rallied to get within 36-33 at halftime.
Jensen hit a jumper midway through the second half to give the Huskies a seemingly comfortable lead at 60-49. But Dan Grunfeld scored 10 points during an 18-4 run that helped the Cardinal move on top, 67-64, with 3:53 remaining.
"That was a bit stressful," Romar said. "What energy we played with opening the game ... a couple of things didn't go our way and we appeared to let down a bit. Stanford continued to play hard."
Trailing 71-69 moments later, Washington got three free throws from Will Conroy and a turnaround shot by Bobby Jones in the lane for a 74-71 edge with 62 seconds left.
Rob Little followed up a missed jumper by Nick Robinson with 23 seconds remaining to make the score 74-73, prior to Jensen's final foul shots. Robinson also missed a 3-pointer with one second left.
Simmons scored 17 points and Nate Robinson had 10 for the Huskies, who have beaten the Cardinal just three times in their last 16 meetings.
Grunfeld and Chris Hernandez scored 15 points apiece and led five Cardinal players in double figures. Stanford did not attempt a second-half free throw and went 5-of-5 for the game, while Washington was 18-of-27 from the stripe.
"We just have to keep pushing," Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. "Sooner or later, we are going to make our breaks. A lot of things happened out there that were really frustrating me."