SEATTLE — Without hesitation, Desmond Simmons slid off his man and into the driving lane, planted his feet and waited to absorb the hit from Stanford's Chasson Randle.
It was clearly an offensive foul, and clearly the biggest play of the game for Washington.
“Des just did what he always does and made a really good defensive play and saved us,” Washington's C.J. Wilcox said.
Wilcox overcame a poor shooting night to finish with 17 points, Simmons drew the crucial charge against Randle with 5.3 seconds remaining, and Washington held on for a 64-60 win over Stanford on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Wilcox made just 4 of 14 shots, but played all 40 minutes as the Huskies (14-11, 6-6 Pac-12) won for the first time since Jan. 25. Wilcox hit a pair of free throws with 4.1 seconds left for the final margin.
Those free throws came just moments after Simmons stepped in front of Randle and made the biggest defensive play in a game Washington needed.
Simmons finished with only four points, but had seven rebounds.
“He was relentless,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Those are the plays we expect Desmond to make at the end of that game, taking that charge. Those are the things he does that help you win ballgames.”
While Wilcox led Washington, the bigger scoring contributions came from Nigel Williams-Goss and Mike Anderson. Williams-Goss finished with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists, playing through a hip injury that was aggravated in the second half.
Anderson added 13 points off the bench, his first time in double figures in 14 games. Anderson provided a huge boost with Andrew Andrews spending most of the night on the bench after picking up two early fouls.
Andrews, who was averaging 12 points per game entering Wednesday, played just 5 minutes and was scoreless.
“The way we were going, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. It was one of those situations,” Romar said.