Game Talk: Cardinal upend Cats

Stanford hit most of their free throws down the stretch to defeat the Wildcats 76-71. The Wildcats had several chances to get back into the game, but came up short. Here are some notes and quotes from Thursday's game.

*Arizona outrebounded Stanford 23-13 in the first half but ended the contest at a 38-34 deficit.

"Well. rebounds and turnovers were the story of the game for us tonight," Lute Olson said. "We had 12 turnovers in the first half and we forced to many shots. We did a great job on the glass in the first half."

"We were down ten rebounds in the first half but by the end of the game we outrebounded them," Mike Montgomery said.

*The Cats shot only 37.7% from the field and 38.9% from behind the mark. For the second half the numbers were terrible. Over the final 20 minutes the Cats shot 29.2% and 28.6%.

"Stanford did a great job defensively," Olson said. "We had a hard time getting good shots, but we made it hard on them too...Stanford is a very good defensive team. Curtis Borchardt creates so many problems inside. He only had one blocked shot, but he altered so many shots. They had a strong inside presence and we did not."

*Casey Jacobsen played 31 minutes but missed the last few minutes of the first half and the beginning of the second half while receiving five stitches above his eye. He only scored six points on 2-of-7 shooting.

"I got cut when (Salim) Stoudamire and I were going for a rebound," Jacobsen said. "It bled a ton, but I knew I had to get back out for the second half."

"It was great how our guys came back to play even after getting hurt," Borchardt said.

"We did a good job on Casey (Jacobsen)," Olson said. "He had a hard time getting good shots all night."

*Arizona had four players play more than 34 minutes with Jason Gardner logging a full 40 minutes. The Wildcats' bench was a little smaller due to the one-game suspension of Will Bynum who missed a practice last week.

"We didn't have Will (Bynum) tonight because he missed a practice, and when you miss a practice, you do not play. That put us in a difficult situation."

"I think they just have a lack of depth," said Montgomery. "They also seemed a little tired."

*Gardner led all scorers with 33 points. He was 10-17 from the field and 6-of-8 behind the arc. He added four steals as well.

"Gardner went off on us tonight," Montgomery said. "There wasn't much that we could do."

"I would have rather scored five points and won the game," Gardner said. "The big guys were seeing me really well and the guards were getting me the ball at the right time."

"Jason Gardner played great for us," said Olson.


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