Stanford Stuns No. 1 Arizona
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
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 2ï¿½ 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.
Earlier in the day, Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood issued astatement regarding allegations that some members of the Wildcats team stolecandy and change from a vending machine at a motel in Lawrence, Kan., lastweekend. The only player identified by a witness was Walton, and he deniedhaving anything to do with the theft, as did the other Arizona players.
An assistant coach repaid the motel $80 and no charges were filed.
'We have investigated the situation and have taken action in accordancewith NCAA and university policy, rules and regulations,' Livengood said.
He did not say what the action was and said there would be no furthercomment on the issue.