TEMPE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Washington and Nate Robinson proved opportunistic to earn a split in the state of Arizona.
Robinson scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half as No. 10 Washington took advantage of numerous turnovers to earn a 79-70 victory over Arizona State in a Pac-10 Conference matchup.
Coming off a 91-82 loss at Arizona on Thursday, the Huskies (17-3, 7-2 Pac-10) scored 27 points off 21 turnovers by the Sun Devils to pull back into a tie with the Wildcats for first place in the conference.
Arizona absorbed its second conference loss Saturday, getting upset at home by Washington State, 70-63.
"There are games throughout the season when you look back following the season and it may not look like a big deal at the time, but this was a big deal," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "(It was) another situation where we were on their turf with first place at stake and our guys stepped up and did a marvelous job in several areas.
"We took care of the ball and I thought our team collectively did a good job on Ike Diogu. He is the toughest match up in college basketball."
Diogu, who leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 21.6 points per game and rebounding at 10.1, was held to 14 points.
Despite scoring in double figures for the 80th straight time since the start of his collegiate career, Diogu, who had 13 rebounds, only attempted one free throw. He entered the game first in the nation in both free throws made (161) and attempted (196), shooting 82 percent from the stripe.
"I think the biggest thing was that (Diogu) didn't get to the line and we didn't foul him senselessly," Romar said. With his team clinging to a 38-36 lead early in the second half, Robinson buried one of his three 3-pointers, but Arizona State responded with a 7-0 run to take a 43-41 edge on a 3-pointer by Tyrone Jackson with 14:05 left.
Brandon Roy answered with a three-point play, igniting an 11-0 run that put the Huskies ahead, 52-43, with 11:11 remaining. Jamaal Williams scored six of his 11 points during the spurt.
The Sun Devils got no closer than five points after that.
"When they were able to get that little run we were able to lock down and get it back up to seven or eight points real fast," Williams said. "Getting that lead right back kept the crowd out of the game and they weren't able to feed of the team."
Robinson shot 8-of-12 from the field with five assists and Tre Simmons scored 15 for Washington, which has won its last three meetings with Arizona State.
Roy scored 12 points and Will Conroy recorded five of his seven points in the final minute for the Huskies, who shot 88 percent (22-of-25) at the line, including 15-of-17 in the second half.
Kevin Kruger scored 12 points and Steve Moore and Bryson Krueger added 11 and 10, respectively, for Arizona State (15-6, 4-5), which committed at least 21 turnovers for the fourth time this season.
"We have to get better at taking care of the basketball and also not allowing second-chance points," Arizona State coach Rob Evans said. "I thought we did a good job of everything but handling their pressure. We should be able to handle pressure."