TEMPE, Arizona (Ticker) -- After Arizona blew big leads in each half, Salim Stoudamire gave the Wildcats an outright Pac-10 Conference championship.
With the game tied and 20 seconds left, Stoudamire dribbled down the clock, then took his defender, Jason Braxton, into the paint and swished an eight-foot, pullup jumper to give the Wildcats a 70-68 victory over Arizona State.
"I didn't want to set up for a three and I didn't want to take it all the way to the basket and make the refs make a last decision of the game," Stoudamire said. "So I pulled up and was able to hit it."
It was the only basket of the second half for Stoudamire, who finished with 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting and 7-of-8 from the foul line.
"Salim is a great player," Braxton said. "I tried to force him right because he's a little stronger going to his left. He stopped, backed up, and created a cushion to get the shot off and hung up in the air a little bit so I couldn't block it."
With Washington losing, 77-67, earlier in the day at Stanford, the shot gave Arizona the Pac-10 Conference championship outright. The victory also gave Wildcats coach Lute Olson his 305th career conference win - tops in league history and one more than UCLA legend John Wooden.
"After coaching high school for 13 years I never thought I'd be in this situation," Olson said. "There has been a lot of wonderful young people to play at Arizona and is a great feeling to have it happen when we get the Pac-10 championship."
Stoudamire finished with 22 points and Hassan Adams scored all 15 of his points in the second half for the Wildcats (25-5, 15-3 Pac-10).
Ike Diogu, who played the last 11:48 with four fouls, scored 25 points and Steve Moore added 16 for the Sun Devils (18-12, 7-11).
Arizona scored 19 straight points to take a 22-3 lead 6 1/2 minutes into this one, but Arizona State closed within 37-36 at the break.
Adams scored nine of the Wildcats' first 11 points after intermission to rebuild the edge to 48-36 with 17 1/2 minutes left.
Arizona maintained a double-digit lead and pushed it to 58-43 with 12 minutes to play on a pair of free throws by Stoudamire, but Arizona State responded with a 13-0 run behind five points from Moore and four from Diogu over the next four-plus minutes.
A layup by Braxton with 4 1/2 minutes left gave the Sun Devils a 61-60 lead, their first since the first two minutes of the game. Over the next 3 1/2 minutes, Adams scored twice and Ivan Radenovic added a hoop for the Wildcats and Moore knocked down a 3-pointer and Allen Morill hit a short jumper for a 66-66 tie entering the final 90 seconds.
"Usually, we're the team that gets on a run," Olson said. "We did that, but ASU did a great job of answering with runs of their own. It was a game that could have gone either way, it showed what were made of and we're a veteran team."
In the closing moments, Arizona's Mustafa Shakur dunked with 60 seconds left, but Diogu knocked down two free throws 12 seconds later to retie the score at 68-68. Adams missed a short jumper at the other end but the rebound got knocked back to Stoudamire. Arizona called time out and set up the last play.
"The game I thought we deserved to win," Diogu said. "We got a refuse-to-lose attitude. Nobody thought we stood a chance. We didn't execute at the beginning of the halves, it was nothing they really did. Once we settled down in the flow of the game, we were right there with them."