Wildcats Drop Pac-12 Opener to Stanford
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Despite Jemarl Baker Jr.'s 29 points and a team-wide scorching shooting performance in the second half, Arizona dropped the 78-75 decision to Stanford on Saturday evening. The loss snapped the Wildcats' 20-game winning streak against the Cardinal. Saturday's game was played as a home game for Stanford at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, California due to local health guidelines preventing the game from being played at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto.
The Cardinal were led by senior Oscar da Silva who scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Stanford utilized hot shooting of their own from beyond the arc in the win, connecting on 53.6 percent of their three-point attempts for the game.
Arizona, dogged by early cold shooting, trailed for the first 36 minutes of the game before one of Baker Jr.'s eight made three points gave the visiting team a 69-68 lead with 3:30 remaining. The lead would change three additional times in the remainder of the game.
It was a slow offensive game for both teams in the first half as neither side broke the 30-point mark in the game's first 20 minutes. Arizona was slowed by cold shooting, opening the game with just five makes in the team's first 20 shot attempts. Freshman Azoulas Tubelis led the Wildcats with six points in the first half as all nine Wildcats who played grabbed at least one rebound.