Rui Hachimura’s short jumper with half a second left lifted top-ranked Gonzaga to an 81-79 win over in-state rival Washington on Wednesday night.

Hachimura had 26 points for Gonzaga (9-0), which has won 12 of its past 13 games against the Huskies.

Washington missed a halfcourt shot as the final buzzer sounded.

Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura (21) dunks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura (21) dunks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Jaylen Nowell scored 26 for Washington (6-3), which was in the preseason Top 25 before losing at No. 8 Auburn.

Washington’s zone defense slowed down the high-scoring Bulldogs. They were held well below their season average of 98 points per game, which ranked second in the nation.

Hachimura had 18 points as Gonzaga took a 40-30 halftime lead.

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert, left, shoots while defended by Washington guard Jaylen Nowell during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert, left, shoots while defended by Washington guard Jaylen Nowell during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Washington shot just 39 percent in the first period, while Gonzaga shot 41 percent and sank all 10 of its free throws.

Washington opened the second half with a 12-2 run, and Jaylen Nowell’s 3-pointer tied the score at 42. Nowell followed with another 3 for a 45-42 lead, as Gonzaga made just one of its first 11 shots in the second.

Gonzaga replied with a 7-0 run for a 49-45 advantage.

Washington guard David Crisp (1) shoots in front of Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Washington guard David Crisp (1) shoots in front of Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

The teams traded a flurry of baskets, and a pair by Brandon Clarke gave Gonzaga a 65-58 lead.

Nowell’s basket cut it to 79-75 with a minute left, and Matisse Thybulle’s bucket trimmed the deficit to two.

Washington guard Jaylen Nowell, right, shoots while defended by Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Washington guard Jaylen Nowell, right, shoots while defended by Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Nowell went to the free throw line with 9.4 seconds left and tied the score at 79.

BIG PICTURE

Washington: The Huskies held their previous six opponents under 70 points. … Thybulle was the only player in the nation averaging at least 2.5 blocks and 2.8 steals per game. … Noah Dickerson averaged 20 points in his previous four games. … The Huskies were averaging seven blocks per game.

Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura, center, shoots between Washington forward Dominic Green (22) and forward Sam Timmins (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura, center, shoots between Washington forward Dominic Green (22) and forward Sam Timmins (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Gonzaga: The Zags came in 35-18 against members of the Pac-12 under coach Mark Few. … Gonzaga entered with four starters averaging in double figures, and two more scoring better than eight points per game.

UP NEXT

Washington hosts crosstown rival Seattle on Sunday.

Washington forward Noah Dickerson (15) and Gonzaga forward Filip Petrusev go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Washington forward Noah Dickerson (15) and Gonzaga forward Filip Petrusev go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Gonzaga gets a major test when it plays No. 7 Tennessee in Phoenix on Sunday.

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Source: The Associated Press

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