Cardinal Falls To Wildcats In Pac-10 First Round

March 9, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ivan Radenovic had 21 points and seven rebounds, Mustafa Shakur added 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Arizona held off mistake-prone Stanford 73-68 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament.

Arizona, shooting for its 22nd straight NCAA tournament appearance, meets No. 13 UCLA or Oregon State in the semifinals Friday night. The fourth-seeded Wildcats (19-11) moved within one victory of their 19th consecutive 20-win season.

Chris Rodgers added 12 points and five steals and Marcus Williams had 11 points despite a 3-for-16 shooting performance for the Wildcats, who forced 23 turnovers in beating Stanford for the third time this season.

Arizona won without leading-scorer Hassan Adams, suspended for the Pac-10 tournament by coach Lute Olson after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last weekend.

Chris Hernandez scored all but five of his 20 points in the second half for Stanford (15-13). Matt Haryasz added 14 points and Peter Prowitt had 10 before fouling out with 3:26 remaining.

The Cardinal's school-record 11-year streak of NCAA tournament appearances almost surely will end.

Arizona committed only seven turnovers, and made 24-of-30 free throws to 10-of-11 for Stanford. The Cardinal shot 50 percent to the Wildcats' 39 percent, and won the rebounding battle 36-27. But the turnovers did them in.

The Wildcats went ahead for good by scoring seven straight points to snap a 50-50 tie. Stanford battled back, and four straight points by Hernandez made it 59-58 with 3:57 left.

But that's as close as the Cardinal would get. After a basket by Rodgers and two free throws by Shakur gave Arizona a 69-63 lead, Hernandez made a 3-pointer with 49 seconds to play.

Shakur's foul shot made it 70-66, but Tim Morris scored with 31.8 seconds remaining to draw Stanford within two. Two foul shots by Rodgers and another by Radenovic completed the scoring as the Cardinal committed two turnovers following Morris' follow dunk.

Rodgers scored five straight points to cap a 7-0 run that put Arizona ahead 46-40 before the Cardinal outscored the Wildcats 10-4 to tie the game one final time.

Stanford shot 4-of-5 to start the game for a 9-2 lead, matching the largest of the game for either team. The Wildcats responded by going on a 16-2 run.

Dan Grunfeld's basket midway through the first half ended a 7 1/2-minute scoring drought, and triggered a 7-0 spurt that tied the game. Neither team led by more than three points during the remainder of the half, which ended with the Cardinal leading 32-31.

Both teams got help from seldom-used reserves in the opening 20 minutes - Prowitt scored eight points and Arizona's Bret Brielmaier had six for a new career high.

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