No. 7 Wildcats Slip Past Cardinal, 89-75

Dec. 30, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -Marcus Williams scored 23 points and Ivan Radenovic added 22 as No. 7 Arizona rallied to beat Stanford 89-75 on Saturday for its 11th straight victory.

The Wildcats (11-1, 2-0 Pac-10) blew a 13-point first-half lead and fell behind by five midway through the second half. But the Wildcats buried the Cardinal's upset hopes by closing the game on a 19-6 run.

Arizona's 11-game winning streak is its longest since 2001. That streak ended with a loss to Duke in the national championship game.

Point guard Mustafa Shakur had 18 points and nine assists for the Wildcats, who shot 61.2 percent from the field, including going 8-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Lawrence Hill led Stanford (8-3, 1-1) with 20 points and Brook Lopez added 17.

Arizona's 13-point lead evaporated early in the second half as the Cardinal exploited the Wildcats' weak interior. But after Stanford took a 61-56 lead with 12:40 to play, the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run and never trailed again.

The Wildcats got off to another hot start, shooting 65.5 percent in the first half and hitting seven of eight 3-point attempts. Arizona is shooting 51.1 percent from the field this season, best in the Pac-10.

The Cardinal are a young team, but they weren't intimidated. Stanford had won four of its last six visits to McKale Center, where Arizona has posted a 90.7 winning percentage under coach Lute Olson.

The Cardinal took a 57-56 lead on two free throws by Lopez six minutes into the second half.

Stanford's lead grew to 59-56 on a tip-in by Brook Lopez' brother, Robin, also a 7-footer.

That's when Shakur went to work. The senior went on a personal 7-0 run, hitting two free throws, a 3-pointer and two more free throws to give Arizona a 63-61 lead.

Shakur then set up Radenovic for a basket that put the Wildcats ahead 67-61. Stanford closed to 70-69 on Brook Lopez' dunk but couldn't regain the lead.

Arizona visits No. 14 Washington on Thursday. Stanford plays host to rival California on Wednesday.

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