Matthew Bryan-Amaning did all he could - except take down a cinder-block wall. And the Huskies' big man tried to do that, too. Frustrated, he violently smacked his right hand into one just outside the visiting locker room.

A dejected Isaiah Thomas silently walked a tunnel to the team bus with his head down, keeping his headphones on. Good idea, to block out the noise of the raucous Arizona celebration going on near him.

As great and improbable as this win would have been for the Dawgs here Saturday night - coming back from 14 points down in the first half and from 12 down in the second, defying a pulsating crowd that was all in white and all screaming against them - the Huskies know they let their last chance for the Pac-10 regular-season title slip away. Missed layups and missed opportunities late doomed them.

Arizona's Derrick Williams swatted away two Huskies chances to win in the final 3 seconds, including by miraculously blocking a shot by Darnell Gant at point-blank range. That's how the No. 12 Wildcats (23-4, 12-2) remained in control of the conference with a wild, intense, 87-86 victory over the crushed Huskies.

"If I could play again right now, I'd play right now," Bryan-Amaning said with determination, moments after this gut grinder that is already being viewed as the best game on the West Coast this season.

MBA was OMG for Washington, (18-8, 10-5 Pac-10). The senior had 24 points on 12 of 19 shooting, including 18 points during UW's comeback from 12 points down early in the second half, after he and point guard Isaiah Thomas talked and decided to run improvised pick-and-roll plays. Bryan-Amaning also had nine rebounds, four assists and six blocked shots. The blocks were one short of David Dixon's UW record from games in 2001 and `02.