Cardinal Can't Overcome Wildcats In Tucson

Men's Hoops Editor Ray Salloom provides the Bootleg faithful a look at the game flow, stats, and facts after Stanford couldn't complete a late rally in the Cardinal's 67-57 road loss at Arizona on Sunday afternoon in Tucson.

The Stanford Cardinal came into Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Arizona Wildcats off a 55-41 win at the Arizona State Sun Devils, an all-time low scoring mark for the home team in their 36 years at Wells Fargo Arena. After having their game postponed due to the tragedy that occurred in Tucson on Saturday morning, the Cardinal had to go up against an emotionally charged team and city. Each team showed some flashes of brilliance, but in the end Arizona's spots were a little brighter as the Wildcats held off a late Cardinal rally to win by a final score of 67-57. Arizona moves to 14-3 on the season, 3-1 in the Pac-10, while Stanford drops to 9-5, 2-1 in conference play.

With the Cardinal cutting the Wildcats' double-digit lead seemingly on every possession, Jamelle Horne hit two big three-pointers from the left corner to keep Stanford from getting any closer than five down the stretch. Stanford couldn't counter the huge shots, despite misses at the line and turnovers by Arizona that left the door open for the visiting team.

Stanford was led by Josh Owens' 18 points on 9-17 shooting. He was followed by Green's 15 on 5-14 shooting. No other Cardinal player scored more than 6 points. Arizona was paced by Horne's 16 points and 12 rebounds on 6-7 shooting in 24 minutes off the bench. The only other Wildcat in double figures was Derrick Williams who notched 14 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting (2-2 from deep) and nine rebounds.

Both teams started the second half playing ragged basketball, a stark contrast to the first half of play, with Stanford getting their second field goal after a thunderous two-hand jam from Owens more than four minutes into the half. Williams, though, continued his good play, hitting a three-pointer to push the Wildcat edge back up to 12, 44-32, right after the first media timeout. Williams also hit a fade-away three-pointer off the backboard with the shot clock at one to put the home team up 50-37 with under 12 minutes to go in the game. This shot seemed to cripple the Cardinal's psyche for a spell before they gathered themselves for their final spurt in the final minutes of the game.

Stanford shot 42% from the field, including just 2-12 (17%) from the three-point arc and 60% (9-15) at the charity stripe. Arizona countered by shooting at a 49% clip from the field, highlighted by a scintillating 58% (10-17) from long distance against the Cardinal zone. The Wildcats made just 9-19 (47%) from the free throw line. Arizona dominated on the boards by a 41-26 margin, utilizing their second chances almost at will versus Stanford. The Cardinal dished out 12 assists and only committed nine turnovers, while Arizona tallied 14 assists and 15 turnovers for the afternoon.

Stanford opened up the game with some nice inside and outside shooting, including a silky smooth three-point play by Powell before the first media timeout to go up 14-9. However, Powell picked up his second foul, fueling Arizona who went on a 9-2 run to grab the lead back. Both teams went on competing runs in the final eight minutes of play with the Wildcats getting the upper hand with a final 10-0 stretch, highlighted by Horne's put-back dunk at the buzzer, to go up 39-28 into the locker room.

Head coach Johnny Dawkins and the Stanford Cardinal next take on the Pac-10 leading Washington Huskies at Maples Pavilion Thursday night at 7:00pm.

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