SEATTLE -- Arizona needed 30 minutes of Thursday night's game at Washington to start taking care of the ball. Fortunately for the eighth-ranked Wildcats, it took longer than that for Washington to remember how to shoot from the outside.
Arizona (18-2, 6-2) overcame a slow start and 17 turnovers to snap a five-game losing streak at Washington, beating the Huskies 57-53 on Thursday night.
Washington (12-9, 4-4) jumped out to an early lead but never really got into a rhythm from the outside, going almost 35 1/2 minutes before hitting a 3-point shot. The Huskies, who were leading the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting heading into the game, went 1 of 12 from behind the arc Thursday night.
The cold shooting wasn't enough to bury Washington, thanks in large part to an Arizona team that was plagued by turnovers. But the Wildcats were efficient on offense down the stretch, going the final 6:25 without a turnover.
Washington had its own turnovers issues, none more crippling than Abdul Gaddy's misfired attempt at an alley-oop to teammate C.J. Wilcox with 28 seconds left and the Huskies trailing by two points. That marked Washington's 17th turnover of the night, and two Nick Johnson free throws at the other end helped put the Huskies away while snapping Arizona's four-game losing streak against Washington.
Johnson scored five of his game-high 15 points in the final 2:04, including a go-ahead one-handed runner in the lane to give Arizona the lead for good.
Mark Lyons, Solomon Hill and Kaleb Tarczewski each added 10 points for Arizona.
Wilcox and Scott Suggs led the Huskies with 11 apiece. Wilcox's 3-pointer with 4:31 remaining marked the first, and only, three the Huskies made all night.
Arizona got off to a horrific start, missing six of its first nine shots from the field and turning the ball over six times while falling into a 16-5 hole in the opening nine minutes.
Washington, which opened the game hitting eight of its first 12 shots, went cold (2 of 13) during the following 6 1/2 minutes as the Wildcats chipped their way back into the game.
Johnson's driving scoop shot capped an 11-2 Arizona run and gave the Wildcats their first lead since the opening minute at 21-20 with 4:35 remaining.
The Huskies closed the half with an 8-2 spurt, scoring the final six points, for a 28-23 lead at the break. Arizona finished the first half with 12 turnovers and failed to get off a shot on its final possession.
NOTES: Washington sophomore Shawn Kemp Jr. made the first start of his career. Kemp, who was coming off a career-high 12 points against Oregon, scored six points during the Huskies' 10-3 spurt to open Thursday's game. ... Arizona turned the ball over three times on its first five possessions. ... At the 10-minute mark of the first half, the Wildcats had as many turnovers (eight) as they had points. ... Heading into Thursday's game, Washington had won its past four home games against ranked opponents. ... One of Arizona coach Sean Miller's closest friends in the profession is Kevin McGuff, the head women's basketball coach at Washington. Miller and McGuff were part of the athletic department at Xavier University five years ago.