SEATTLE -- Jason Washburn scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half, Brandon Taylor added a career-high 19 off the bench and Utah won its first Pac-12 road game in two seasons as a member of the conference with a stunning 74-65 win over Washington on Saturday night.
The Utes (9-9, 1-5 Pac-12) were winless in conference play this season and having last won a Pac-12 game on Feb. 25, 2012 against Stanford, used hot shooting and a smart defensive plan to take down the Huskies and hand Washington its first conference loss. Washington was trying to start 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1984.
Instead the Huskies (12-6, 4-1) were left shaking their heads at their execution in the closing minutes that ruined what Washington accomplished winning its first three conference games on the road.
Washington leading scorer C.J. Wilcox did not score for the first 27 minutes and finished with 14. Andrew Andrews led Washington with 17 points, Scott Suggs added 12, but the Huskies shot a miserable 37 percent for the game and made costly errors in the final five minutes.
Utah won despite leading scorer Jarred DuBois being a non-factor offensively. DuBois averaged 13 points coming into the night, but took just two shots and finished with five points. His main responsibility in the first half was chasing around Wilcox. He was successful as Wilcox had just two shots in the first half and DuBois later had foul trouble that limited his minutes.
Taylor more than made up for the quiet night from DuBois. Taylor made 6 of 10 shots, easily surpassing his previous career high of 14 points. Just as important was freshman Jordan Loveridge, who added 17 points, including some key baskets in the final five minutes
Wilcox finally scored with 12:59 left hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but while the Huskies leading scorer was heating up, Utah was still scoring at the other end. The Utes scored on four straight possessions, including five points from Taylor and led 50-39 with 10:45 left after a jump ball possession went to Utah.
Glen Dean hit a baseline jumper, Washburn scored wide open on the interior and Taylor knocked down a step back jumper late in the shot clock to give Utah its biggest lead at 56-41 with 8:21 left.
Washington tried to put together a final run getting the deficit under 10 for the first time in nearly seven minutes when Wilcox converted a three-point play with 4:39 left. Andrews followed with a 3-pointer and the Utah lead was down to six, but Loveridge was able to muscle through Desmond Simmons for an offensive rebound and basket with 3:25 left to push the lead back to eight.
A pair of free throws by Wilcox cut the lead back to six, but Loveridge hit a 15-footer and then was fouled on Utah's next possession with one second on the shot clock. He missed both free throws but drained valuable time off the clock. After a timeout, Washington committed a turnover on the inbound pass and Taylor split a pair of free throws to push the lead to nine with 1:52 left.
Washington was unable to get closer than six in the final 2 minutes.
Utah entered the night eighth in the conference in field goal percentage and 10th in scoring offense. The Utes shot 60 percent for the game and scored their most points against any Pac-12 team in their two seasons in the conference.