Cardinal Flying High At 13-0
Jan 10, 2004
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Stanford victory at Arizona is nothing new. A dominating double-digit Cardinal win, though, was unexpected and impressive.
Josh Childress scored 19 points to lead five Stanford players in double figures and the fourth-ranked Cardinal remained unbeaten with an 82-72 victory over No. 3 Arizona on Saturday.
'A really nice road trip for our basketball team,' Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. 'The kids are real pleased right now, and they should be.'
Stanford (13-0, 4-0 Pac-10) led by 20 points with 4:02 to play. Only a late 24-14 run prevented it from being the worst home loss for the Wildcats in coach Lute Olson's 21 seasons in Tucson.
'It is hard throwing a fat rock up a hill,' Arizona's Channing Frye said. 'That is the only way to explain this game. In the end, that rock just squished us.'
The Cardinal won at McKale Center for the fourth straight year. No other team has won more than twice at Arizona.
Childress, whose rebound basket gave Stanford a 63-62 victory at Arizona State on Thursday night, has yet to lose in the state of Arizona in his three college seasons.
'We try to live by the motto that we're road warriors and we're going to go out and play to win,' he said. 'We're going to come into anybody's house and play our game - play hard, physical defense and try to win.'
The home team hasn't won in the last seven games of the series between the two Pac-10 powers. The Wildcats (10-2, 2-1) have a four-game winning streak at Stanford.
Matt Lottich added 17 points for the Cardinal, while Rob Little scored 13. Justin Davis had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, whose size and depth overpowered the quicker Wildcats. Chris Hernandez had 11 points and nine assists, but also committed seven turnovers.
Still, Olson thought Hernandez was the best player on the floor because of his intelligence, toughness and passing ability. Stanford's smart play was impressive to the Hall of Fame coach.
'They must have to have a pretty high GPA to get in there or something,' Olson said, 'because they really play with poise and intelligence. A lot of that has to do with Mike, too.'
Freshman Mustafa Shakur scored a career-high 20 points for Arizona, but 14 came in the final run. Andre Iguoudala had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Frye scored 12 but was just 4-for-13 from the field and grabbed only four rebounds. Salim Stoudamire, the focus of Stanford's defense, scored 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting, including 1-for-8 from 3-point range.
'I thought we played well, with the exception of putting the ball in the hole,' Olson said. 'It wasn't the case of us throwing the ball all over the arena or anything like that. We just didn't make shots.'
Arizona shot 36 percent for the game, 19 percent (6-for-31) in the first half, and finished 4-for-21 on 3-pointers. The Wildcats were 0-for-10 on 3s in the first half.
'I think Arizona hit nine straight shots the last 3 minutes and 23 seconds,' Montgomery said. 'Up to that point, we'd obviously done a pretty good job of defending.'
The worst loss in Olson's era was 61-49 to Tennessee on Dec. 23, 1983, in his first season in Tucson, and for most of the evening, it looked as if this would easily exceed that margin.
Stanford never trailed after Hernandez's 3-pointer made it 5-3. The Cardinal led 23-10 and were up 33-20 at halftime. The 20 points were the fewest for the Wildcats in a half since they scored that many against Utah on March 21, 1998, in the NCAA West Regional final.
Arizona never got closer than nine in the second half, and that came in the final seconds.
The lead reached 68-48 when Childress - in his fourth game back after missing the first nine with a foot injury - made two free throws with 4:02 left.
'We limited what they wanted to do,' Lottich said. 'We got them into a halfcourt game, which is in our favor. We controlled tempo, and I think that's why we were able to contain them.'
Arizona made four of its first 28 shots as Stanford took its 23-10 lead on Lottich's three-point play with 6:40 left in the half. Ivan Redenovic made two free throws to cut it to 27-20, but the Cardinal scored the final six points of the half, the last on Hernandez's running 10-footer at the buzzer.
Stanford's inside power built the lead to 39-21 on Davis' rebound basket with 18:23 to play.
The Wildcats briefly got their running game going with eight consecutive points to slice the lead to 39-29 with 15:25 to play. Little's three-point play, followed by Lottich's 18-footer, ignited an 11-4 run that put Stanford ahead 50-33 after Matt Haryasz's basket inside with 11:59 left.
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