Cats hold on

It was Ivan Radenovic to the rescue. The Wildcats blew a 20-point lead but held on to beat Stanford 85-80 in overtime. The Cardinal had no answer for Radenovic who scored 37 point, including six of the Cats' last seven points.

In overtime Radenovic took advantage of a mismatch in the post. The senior practically willed the Cats to a victory. He converted on three-straight possessions, twice getting to the line and also downing a hook shot over Taj Finger.

Early on it looked as if the Wildcats would dispatch of the Cardinal with ease. The Wildcats hit their first five shots of the game and used a 15-0 run to go up 18-3 and maintained that lead until early into the second half.

Arizona surrendered the first four points of the second half, then got two quick buckets to go back up 20 before the Cardinal began chipping away.

After Marcus Williams made it 49-30, the Cardinal scored 14 of the next 18 and trimmed the Wildcat lead to eight.

Over the final 6:10 Stanford outscored the Wildcats 15-6 and Kenny Brown's three pointer with less than seven seconds left.

The Cats had one final chance to win in regulation. Shakur took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the court. He got into the lane and kicked to an open Daniel Dillon in the corner, but the junior reserve missed the shot and the game went into overtime.

The Wildcats began the overtime by scoring the first four, but Stanford answered with two straight buckets themselves. The game was tied at 78 when Radenovic scored the first of his six points and the Cats never trailed again.

Radenovic had a game that can be mentioned among the best all time among Arizona big men. The senior scored 37 points, grabbed nine boards and dished out seven assists. He made all eleven foul shots and did not turn the ball over.

Marcus Williams added 15 points, while Mustafa Shakur added 10 points.

Stanford had three players score more than 20 points led by little used Kenny Brown. The sophomore averages just 2.6 points per game, but scored 22. Brook Lopez scored 21 and Lawrence Hill added 20.

The Cats move to 20-9, their 20th consecutive 20-win season under Lute Olson.


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