BOISE, Idaho (Ticker) -- Nobody will be questioning Washington's No. 1 seed now.
Nate Robinson paced five players in double figures with 23 points to lead the Huskies to a 97-79 second-round victory over eighth-seeded Pacific in the Albuquerque Region.
The 5-8 Robinson shot 10-of-14 from the floor and added seven rebounds and Bobby Jones added 19 points as the Huskies advanced to the regional semifinals against the winner of Sunday's Georgia Tech-Louisville contest.
"Me and my teammates joke about me being small, but they know I play big," Robinson said. "I got a big heart, and that's all that matters. As long as you play hard, and (if) you bring something different to the game, you'll be all right. I bring so much passion, and so much energy, and I hate to lose.
"Once I observed the way they played defense on me, I was like driving it, and I was like, 'Coach, I can take these guys anytime.' And he said, 'Take them, but make sure you make the right decision.'"
The Huskies (29-5), who reached the regional semifinals for the first time since 1998, tied the 1937-38 squad for the most wins in school history.
Washington shot 56 percent (36-of-64), scored on 12 straight possessions late in the second half and turned it over only seven times.
"We only committed seven turnovers," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "I thought we were extremely disciplined and played smart for 40 minutes. I thought that was the difference in the game. I thought our pressure was at a high enough level, and down the stretch they ran out of gas."
Jones, who averages 11 points, scored 13 in the first half to help the Huskies take a 41-34 advantage into the break.
"I just felt like I needed to come out and make a statement," Jones said. "I worked out before the game. I don't really warm up that hard. But I was in my own zone. I was feeling good, and I wanted to play like we didn't have another game."
After Guillaume Yango scored for Pacific (27-4) to tie the game, 29-29, the Tigers didn't score a field goal for the final five minutes.
The Huskies started the second half with an 11-2 run and a 3-pointer by Robinson pushed the edge to 59-42 with 15:38 left. After Pacific pulled within 73-62 with 9 1/2 minutes to play, Washington scored on 12 straight possessions for a 97-71 lead with three minutes remaining. Robinson had four baskets and a free throw during the spurt.
"When we did make a run, Robinson just took over the game and showed what type of player he is," Pacific coach Bob Thomason said. "He made some very difficult shots and made them look easy."
"When we finished that half and we came out, I think our kids smelled 'Sweet 16,'" Romar said. "I think that was motivation enough to know we could advance, and only be two games away from the Final Four. I think that propelled our guys and they really played with another high level of intensity."
Yango had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Pacific, which was knocked out in the second round last season by Kansas.
Christian Maraker, who hurt the Huskies in the first half with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, was shut out in the second half and took just three shots for the Tigers, who shot 45 percent (30-of-67) for the game. David Doubley, the Big West Player of the Year, was held to nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.
"I don't think they did much different the second half," Maraker said. "I just got more focused on other things then what I was supposed to do. I kind of brought it on myself. I didn't step up when I needed to."