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COL BKB: Arizona 71, Washington 62

Jan. 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

TUCSON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Nick Johnson poured in 24 points Saturday and top-ranked Arizona overcame a slow start to hold off Washington 71-62 and improve to 15-0.

Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (15-0, 2-0 Pac-12), who extended their best start to a season since 1932, when they began 16-0.

Arizona was coming off the one of the best defensive performances in team history in a 60-25 win over Washington State Thursday.

The Wildcats trailed 35-33 at halftime Saturday but held the Huskies to 30.3 percent shooting the rest of way to secure the win.

C.J. Wilcox led Washington (9-6, 1-1) with 20 points. Perris Blackwell had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

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