No. 2 Men's Basketball Controls No. 16 Arizona In Pac-10 Showdown, 85-76

Jan. 6, 2001

By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. - Stanford took care of a longtime Pac-10 nemesisSaturday, and a painful season got worse for the Arizona Wildcats.

The No. 2 Cardinal's balance was on full display in beating the 16th-rankedWildcats 85-76 for only their third victory at McKale Center in 27 tries andtheir first since 1996.

Jason Collins scored 22, Ryan Mendez a season-high 20, Jarron Collins 19 andCasey Jacobsen 16 as Stanford (13-0, 2-0 Pac-10) ended Arizona's string of 31consecutive home-court Pac-10 victories.

Loren Woods scored 16 for the Wildcats, who never led after the game's firstnine minutes. Michael Wright scored 14 and sat out the last 8:17 of the firsthalf in foul trouble. Gilbert Arenas and Jason Gardner scored 13 apiece.

Arenas, though was just 3-for-14 from the field, 1-for-7 from 3-point range.

Arizona (8-5, 1-1) lost at home for the second time this season, the firsttime that's happened since 1995-96. The Wildcats hadn't lost a Pac-10 home gamesince UCLA beat them 66-64 on Feb. 13, 1997.

Stanford had lost five of six to Arizona, including both games last season.

The Collins twins dominated Woods and Wright inside as Stanford outreboundedArizona 42-32. Jason had 12 rebounds, six on offense. Jarron had nine.

The Wildcats, the nation's No. 1 team in the preseason, trailed by 10 at thehalf and were down by as many as 17 in the second.

Arizona rallied to cut it to seven, but could get no closer.

Arizona coach Lute Olson missed his third consecutive game following thedeath of his wife of 47 years on Monday. A memorial service for Bobbi Olson wasscheduled Sunday at McKale Center.

Mendez, who scored 14 in the first half, sank two free throws after atechnical foul was called on Gardner to cap an 8-0 run and give Stanford a60-43 lead with 13:43 to play.

The Wildcats forced three consecutive turnovers during a 7-0 spurt that cutit to 60-50 when Gardner made one of two free throws with 11:13 to go. Woodshad an inside basket and a breakaway stuff during the run.

After Jacobsen's long 3-pointer made it 73-61 with 5:40 to go, Arizonascored five in a row to cut the lead to 73-66 with 4:15 to go.

Michael McDonald scored on a drive to start a 7-1 spurt, then capped it witha 3-pointer to make it 80-67 with 2:10 remaining, and the Wildcats werefinished.

Stanford led 23-21 when Wright sat down with two fouls with 8:18 to go inthe first half. The Cardinal outscored Arizona 21-13 the rest of the half.

Mendez made five of seven shots and scored 14 in the half. Jacobsen added10, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

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