LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Lorenzo Romar can place the Pac-10 championship trophy right next to his conference coach of the year hardware.
Nate Robinson and Tre Simmons scored 18 points apiece as No. 13 Washington won its first Pac-10 tournament title with an 81-72 victory over No. 8 Arizona.
The Huskies (27-5) clinched an automatic berth for the NCAA Tournament and won for the seventh time in eight outings, while the Wildcats suffered their second loss in 12 games.
"That was a great win over a great team by a great bunch of guys," Romar said. "I couldn't be more excited for these guys to be champions in this tournament."
Trailing 70-64, Washington closed the contest with a 17-2 run. Simmons made the first two baskets and Bobby Jones hit a pair of free throws to tie the score, 70-70, with 3:31 left.
Channing Frye made Arizona's last basket with 2:53 to go with a layup for a 72-70 lead before the Huskies scored the last 11 points. Will Conroy made his fourth 3-pointer of the half with 2:14 remaining and Robinson scored his only six points of the half down the stretch.
"Coach said in the second half, 'Just make sure that we try to get the ball inside,'" Robinson said. "We just kept going inside-out. Tre hit a three. Will hit two threes and it just kept on like a snowball effect and we caught fire a little bit."
Salim Stoudamire scored 23 of his career-high tying 37 points in the first half and broke the conference record for career 3-pointers by sinking his 324th to give Arizona a 20-12 lead midway through the half.
Washington missed 11 of its first 12 shots and its first 11 3-pointers, yet capped a 14-6 run when Simmons made a 3-pointer to tie the score, 26-26, with 3:03 remaining before halftime.
Stoudamire, the tournament MVP, scored the final 17 points of the half for Arizona and ended up with five 3-pointers before the break, leading the Wildcats to a 41-33 halftime edge.
"I want to be that guy that everyone looks up to," Stoudamire said. "At the same time we have to stay within the team concept. I think we just got away from it (in the second half)."
Jamaal Williams scored 16 points and Conroy added 12 for Washington, which had a 41-26 rebounding edge and shot 56 percent (15-of-27) in the second half to beat the Wildcats for the fifth time in six meetings.
Frye added 14 points for Arizona (27-6), which made one basket over the final 5:32 and lost for the first time in five appearances in the tournament final.
"No question that the team that played the hardest won the ballgame," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "We had a number of lay-ins where we executed really well and got underneath and didn't finish the play. This is just a bump in the road. We need to take from this what will make us a better team on Thursday."