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Updated: Saturday, March 12, 2005 5:05 AM EST
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(13) Washington 66, Stanford 63

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Bobby Jones and Nate Robinson set up Washington for a victory. Brandon Roy closed it out.

Robinson and Jones scored 14 points apiece and Roy made all three of his shots in the final five minutes as No. 13 Washington edged Stanford, 66-63, in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Conference tournament.

For the second straight season, the Huskies will be in the conference tournament finals, where they will face top seed and No. 8 Arizona on Saturday. Last year, they were dropped by the Cardinal in the final of this event.

"I know that Arizona has been at the top or near the top of this conference for a long, long time," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "You aspire to be the best and they have been the best for a long time. I think that our group is improving for sure and we have had some good battles over the last couple of years."

With Washington (26-5) up, 64-61, Robinson attempted a turnaround jumper. But when it missed, Roy was there with a follow shot to stretch the lead to five with 13 seconds left.

After Stanford's Rob Little - who scored 11 - cut the lead to three on a layup with 10 seconds remaining, Robinson was fouled intentionally with 8.8 seconds to play. The diminutive guard missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and the Cardinal raced down and had Jason Haas open for a 3-point attempt in the right corner. But the shot rimmed out as time expired.

"It was a good shot," Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. "Chris (Hernandez) made a good decision and Jason stepped up with confidence, but it just didn't go down."

Despite the win, the Huskies were held to their lowest scoring output of the season. They shot just 41 percent (26-of-84) from the floor and made only eight of their 14 attempts from the line.

"They played great defense," Jones said. "They forced us to shoot a lot of shots that we wouldn't normally take."

"They have a lot of great guards on that team," Hernandez said. "The strategy is to try to get to them without letting them get an open shot by closing out on them. You have to stay in front of them because they are extra quick and great ball handlers."

Matt Haryasz scored 15 points for Stanford (18-12), which is now at the mercy of the selection committee for an NCAA Tournament bid.

The Cardinal are 12-5 in their last 17 games but just 5-3 since leading scorer Dan Grunfeld was lost for the season with a torn ACL in mid-February.

"It's not easy when you lose your leading scorer, but everyone has stepped up and really contributed," Haryasz said.


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