Stanford Shocks No. 1 Arizona 82-77

Jan 30, 2003

Tucson, Ariz. - Matt Lottich scored 23 points, including a crucial3-pointer with 58 seconds to play, to lift Stanford to an 82-77 upset of No. 1Arizona on Thursday night.

The Cardinal (15-5, 6-2 Pac-10) won at McKale Center for the third year in arow and handed the Wildcats' their first Pac-10 loss.

Julius Barnes, who had 14 points and 10 assists but shot just 4-for-21, sankboth free throws in a one-and-one situation with 8.5 seconds to play to sealthe victory.

Jason Gardner scored 22 and Luke Walton a season-high 20 for the Wildcats(15-2, 7-1), who rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to take athree-point lead but couldn't hold it.

Salim Stoudamire, who scored 34 in Arizona's victory at Kansas lastSaturday, played just 17 minutes because of foul trouble and had three pointson 1-for-5 shooting.

Rob Little scored 13 for Stanford, including two big baskets down thestretch. Nick Robinson added 10 points.

Arizona trailed 59-45 with 11:34 to play, but seemed headed for anothertrademark comeback after a 20-3 outburst.

Freshman Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer with eight minutes left put the Wildcatsup 63-62, then Gardner capped the surge with a driving layup to put theWildcats ahead 65-62 with 7:15 to go. It was Arizona's first lead since thegame's opening 2� minutes.

But Stanford didn't fold despite the deafening noise of the home crowd.

Barnes tied it at 65 with a 3-pointer, then Lottich's 3 put the Cardinalahead 68-67 with 5:51 to play.

Little scored inside on consecutive Stanford possessions, then made one oftwo free throws and Stanford led 75-71 with 3:10 to play. Baskets by Walton andGardner tied it at 75. Gardner was fouled on his basket, but missed the freethrow. Arizona was just 14-for-26 at the line.

Robinson's driving layup put Stanford ahead for good 77-75 with 1:42 to go.Gardner's 3-point try was off the mark, then Lottich sank a 3-pointer to putthe Cardinal ahead 80-75 with 58 seconds to play. Rick Anderson's reboundbasket cut the lead to 80-77 with 43 seconds to play.

Lottich missed the first of a one-and-one with 23 seconds to play to giveArizona a chance to tie it, but the Wildcats couldn't convert.

The Wildcats trailed by as many a 11 in the first half and were down 41-38at the break.

After Walton's inside basket cut the lead to 41-40, Stanford went on a 12-2run to go up 53-42 on Barnes' 3-pointer with 14:55 to play. A 6-0 spurt gavethe Cardinal their biggest lead, 59-45, with 11:34 to go.

The Wildcats trailed by 20 in the first half at Kansas last Saturday, thenrallied to win by 17.

By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer

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