LISTEN: The final moments of Washington’s thrilling 78-75 win over No. 9 Arizona
By Tony Castricone (photo credit: Scott Eklund)
August 3, 2018
When the Washington men’s basketball team pulled off a seismic upset of the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks in Kansas City on December 6, 2017, it seemed there could not possibly be a bigger win that the Huskies could tally in the regular season. After all, it was the program’s highest-ranked road win in school history, a victory as a 23-point underdog on national television, and a statement to the college basketball world that the culture on Montlake had undergone a tectonic-like shift.
We were wrong.
Somehow, a bigger opportunity presented itself in February. Somehow, there was another game that meant more. It would still involve a Top 10 opponent, but this time, it was against an in-conference rival. This time, it was against a team that held an eight-game winning streak against UW. This time, it was in front of 10,000 screaming fans at Hec Ed. This time, it was Arizona.
Hard to believe, but the blocked shot by DeAndre Ayton that fortuitously bounced into the hands of sharpshooter Dominic Green as the final seconds ticked away, producing a wild, thrilling, buzzer-beating three-pointer to knock off ninth-ranked Arizona, was February 3, 2018, exactly six months ago today.
Even a half year removed from it, it’s hard to put into context how big that shot and that win was for Mike Hopkins in his first year as men’s basketball coach. That bucket, and that win, erased all plausible deniability that the Huskies were legitimate March Madness contenders. The Dawgs were 17-6 with two wins over Top 10 teams heading into the homestretch.
To celebrate, commemorate and remember the shot heard ’round Montlake, here’s the final moments of that game, with Tony Castricone and Jason Hamilton on the call.