Arizona moved to 15-3 on the season and moves to 4-2 in Pac-12 play with a 71-57 win over Stanford. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Player of the Game:
Ryan Anderson - The senior started the game slow, but had a strong second half, scoring 15 of his 18 points after halftime. Anderson nearly had another double-double, but finished just shy with eight rebounds in the game. His statistics weren't the only contribution to the game either as the big man also played a solid game defensively, holding Stanford star Rosco Allen to just four points on 1 of 12 shooting for the night. It was pivotal to the win on the road.
* Arizona came out firing in the game and was able to jump out to an early lead. With the game tied at two, Mark Tollefsen hit a three pointer to spark a 7-0 run. After Stanford broke the streak, the Wildcats answered with a Kadeem Allen long ball to put Arizona ahead 12-4 just five minutes into the game.
* Stanford battled back to take the lead early in the second half, but Arizona wouldn't stay cold for long. With the Cardinal leading by one, the Wildcats proceeded to go on a 12-0 run across six minutes and nineteen seconds. Anderson scored six consecutive points and Gabe York added in a layup high off the glass and a long three pointer to cap the run.
Stat of the Game:
7 - One of the keys for the night was how big Arizona played in the paint. The Wildcats forced the Cardinal to shoot 21 three pointers (only making four) due in large part to controling the inside of the key. Arizona did that by blocking seven shots throughout the night. It wasn't easy to score inside and it forced Stanford to shoot from the outside, which it was unsuccessful at.
"I thought our defense was the constant from start to finish," Miller said. "It might have been our best overall defensive performance."
"It was a big night to lead my teammates on the court, not only scoring wise and facilitating, but also talking to them and letting them know eveyrthing is going to be alright," York said. "We're not going to play a perfect game every time."