The Stanford Cardinal were coming off a stinging 68-60 loss versus the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday night, a defeat in which the home team built a double-digit lead in the first half, only to see the visitors from Tempe play well on both ends of the court and come roaring back for the victory. Stanford looked to bounce back from their two-game losing streak at home versus the Arizona Wildcats, a team which had struggled for the most part since beating the Cardinal in Tucson in late January. Despite holding a big lead in the first half and an eight-point advantage late in the second half, Lamont "Momo" Jones banked in a shot at the buzzer to propel Arizona to a stunning 71-69 win at Maples Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Arizona moves to 14-14 on the season, 8-8 in Pac-10 play, while Stanford drops to 13-16, 7-10 in league action, endangering themselves of playing in the 8/9 matchup when the Pac-10 tournament starts in less than two weeks.
Both teams started off cold until Jeremy Green hit a three-pointer 2:20 into the game which seemed to open up the hoop for both squads as they battled back-and-forth over the next three-and-a-half minutes with Landry Fields' trifecta giving Stanford a 13-12 lead. Arizona turned up their game a notch, reeling off 10 points in a row before a Fields three-point play stopped the initial bleeding. The Wildcats extended the lead back up to 11, 27-16, with 6:38 to go on a Solomon Hill jumper before the Cardinal said that enough was enough. Stanford rained down shots on Arizona, running off a streak of 13 consecutive points over a 2:45 span, highlighted by Jeremy Green and his eight points, including a three-point play to cap off the run. A Jarrett Mann "And 1" and a long two-point jumper from the left wing inside the last 50 seconds of play gave Stanford a 38-31 lead going into the half.
For the half, Stanford shot 50% from the field, 33% from deep, and were 4-5 at the free throw line. Arizona made 44% of their field goals, 57% of their three-pointers, and 3-3 from the charity stripe. Arizona outrebounded Stanford 16-14, each team had five assists, and the Wildcats turned the ball over 12 times to Stanford's nine. Fields led the Cardinal attack with 12 points on 5-11 shooting, followed by Green's 11 and Emmanuel Igbinosa's seven. Derrick Williams charged the Wildcats with his inside play, getting 11 points on 4-5 shooting. Nic Wise, Kyle Fogg, and Jones each had five for the visitors.
Arizona opened the second half erasing the Cardinal's advantage at the break, going on an 11-4 run over the first three minutes to knot up the score at 42 after back-to-back shots from Williams and Fogg. Stanford, however, quickly rebounded and scored 11 uncontested points from a variety of players, over the next 2:48 to seize a 53-42 advantage with 12:41 to go in the game. Arizona, though, would not go down quietly as they outscored Stanford 11-2 in the next 3:12 of the game, topped off by a Hill three-pointer to cut the lead to 55-53. The Cardinal, though, were not about to let this one slip away, getting four points from Jack Trotter in an 8-2 run to bump their lead up to eight, 63-55, with 6:59 to go in the game.
Stanford had a golden opportunity to increase the lead
to 10, but Andrew Zimmerman missed a wide open lay-up after an offensive
rebound, hitting the rock too hard off the glass to draw iron, giving Arizona a
chance to stop the run before it got out of control. Unfortunately,
Arizona took the chance by the horns, going on a 9-1 streak to tie the game up
at 64 with 4:13 left after a made Hill layup. Fields made a jumper after
the Wildcats missed two shots to take the lead, then the senior made a step-back
three-pointer with 2:26 left to give Stanford a four-point lead, 69-65, with
2:26 remaining. Williams came right back and made an acrobatic shot as he
was fouled, making the free throw to bring the visitors back to within one with
just over two minutes to go. Green missed a jumper early in the next
possession, but Jones missed on the other end as the Cardinal defense forced him
to try a 30-footer as the shot clock expired. The long rebound went to
Trotter who found Mann near halfcourt. Mann saw Igbinosa wide open in the
left corner and the senior walk-on launched a three-pointer that tantalizingly
rimmed around and out, giving Arizona another chance to take the lead.
After a timeout by Wildcats head coach Sean Miller, the Cardinal came out in a zone which surprised Arizona. However, Williams was able to draw a foul, making the second of his two free throw attempts to tie the game up. Stanford worked the clock down as Mann passed to Fields at the left elbow, finding a streaking Trotter down the baseline for the dunk attempt. Williams, though, made up ground quickly from inside the paint and blocked the try (neither player denies that contact on Trotter's arm was made, but Trotter didn't believe this was the sole reason for them Cardinal losing and Williams didn't believe it was a foul since it wasn't being called all game long), leading to the final scramble where Brandon Lavender grabbed the loose ball, threw it over to Jones, who used the glass to strike the final dagger into the hearts of Stanford's team and fans everywhere.
Stanford shot 46% from the field, 24% at the three-point line, including 1-9 in the second half, and 56% from the charity stripe, including just 6-13 in the second half. Arizona made 49% of their field goals, 35% outside the three-point arc, and 61% of their free throw attempts. Arizona outrebounded Stanford 36-32, but turned the ball over 16 times to the Cardinal's tally of 12. Stanford dished out 12 assists to Arizona's nine for the game.
The Cardinal were led by Fields' 24 points on 10-18 shooting, to go along with six rebounds, but he was just 2-7 from the free throw line, including 1-6 in the second half of play. Green scored 15 points and had seven boards, Mann had 13, and Trotter had eight points and nine rebounds, nearly getting a double-double. The Wildcats were led by Williams' 24 points on 8-10 shooting, while Jones came off the bench to score 16 as Arizona had just two players in double-digits. Hill and Fogg both had nine points, with the latter also nabbing a team-high eight rebounds.
Stanford will attempt to get a much needed victory to finish off the regular
season, taking on head coach Mike Montgomery and the California Golden Bears at
3:00pm on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day on The Farm. Stay tuned to The
Bootleg for more insightful analysis from Kevin Danna in his post-game "And 1"
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