Final, Arizona wins 76-68. It’s hard to win when you shoot 32.8 percent, but Arizona did just that after making only 21 of 64 shots. The advantages at the line (UA was 27 of 34) and rebounding (38-32) were a large part of the difference as the Wildcats overcame the high-scoring duo of Landry Fields and Jeremy Green, who combined for 66 points.
Check back later for postgame coverage…
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43.0 seconds left, Arizona leads 69-64: Derrick Williams hasn’t been in for Arizona down the stretch. Nursing an injury, it appears.
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2:11 left, Arizona leads 68-59: Stanford won’t quite go away, thanks for 31 points from Landry Fields. That’s one off his career-high, set in the last game against Oregon State.
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3:32 left, Arizona leads 64-55: Stanford entered the game with the worst field goal percentage defense in the Pac-10, allowing opponents to make 46.6 percent of their shots. UA has made a miserable 31.1 percent of its shots. So, why are the Cats winning? Offensive rebounding have led to many second-chance points, UA has nine fewer turnovers (16 to 9) and have attempted 12 more free throws. Arizona is 19 of 24 from the line, Stanford is 8 of 12.
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7:57 left, Arizona leads 55-50: No quit in the Cardinal after Johnny Dawkins’ technical foul and Arizona’s fun. Landry Fields has 22 points for the Cardinal. One thing to watch: Guard Jeremy Green has four fouls and is currently out of the game. When will he come back?
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11:58 left, Arizona leads 51-43: The momentum of the game changed in Arizona’s favor, with a little help from a technical foul on Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins. He got the technical at 13:07 left after complaining about a no-call after Landry Fields missed a 3-pointer and Derrick Williams grabbed the rebound. Nic Wise made two free throws for Arizona and Kyle Fogg nailed a 3-pointer for a five-point possession and a 49-40 lead.
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15:44 left, Arizona 44-34: A hot start to the second half by the Wildcats, fueled by Derrick Williams, who has six points — including a 3-pointer — in a 7-1 run after the break. Stanford has missed all six of its shots from the field in the half.
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Halftime, Arizona leads 37-33: The first half finishes with a flourish. Arizona went up 35-28 after a 14-4 run in which the Wildcats scored 12 points on four possessions — a 3-pointer from Jamelle Horne, two 3-point shots from Brendan Lavender (no, that is not a typo) and a three-point play from Derrick Williams. The Cardinal responded with five consecutive points before Nic Wise capped the half with two free throws with 0.9 seconds left.
Arizona ended up at 36.1 percent shooting for the half, helped by the late surge. Stanford’s Landry Fields — Pac-10 Player of the Year? — has 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting and five rebounds.
Stanford is 15 of 30 from the field.
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3:59 timeout, game tied at 24: Jamelle Horne, who is shooting 45.6 percent from 3-point range this season, hits his first attempt of the game from behind the arc to tie the game. Still, the Cats are having a woeful shooting night, hitting 29 percent (9 of 30). Yeah, they have a lot of offensive rebounds … if only because they are missing so many shots.
Meanwhile, Stanford’s Landry Fields is a bit ahead of his normal output, with 11 points and five rebounds.
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7:16 timeout, Stanford leads 20-19: Can’t fault Arizona’s hustle so far. The Cats’ last four baskets have all come following offensive rebounds, including Kyle Fogg tracking down his missed 3-point shot to score in the lane and a second-chance dunk from Derrick Williams. Mostly, it’s been a case of Arizona’s initial shots not falling.
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11:19 timeout, Stanford leads 16-13: Nic Wise broke an 11-0 Stanford run with a long 2-point jumper to get the Cats within 14-11. Arizona got into trouble with cold shooting (although not necessarily poor shot selection) and sloppy play, such as the bad pass up top that led to a fast-break dunk by Jarrett Mann. Arizona is 5 of 15 from the floor. Stanford is 7 of 14.
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13:27 timeout, Stanford leads 10-9: Cardinal star Landry Fields was quiet for about minutes before hitting a short jumper for his first shot and first points with 15:03 to go. UA’s Jamelle Horne has drawn the defensive assignment, which will be one of his toughest of the season. A recent cold stretch for the Cats, combined with a Stanford run, gave the Cardinal the lead at the first break. Fields and Jeremy Green have combined to take eight of the team’s first 10 shots.
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With a victory tonight over Stanford, Arizona could move into a tie for first place in the Pac-10, as long as Arizona State then beats Cal in a game that starts a half-hour later.
The Bears lead the league at 5-2, with five teams, including Arizona and Stanford, tied for second at 4-3
Stanford has exceeded expectations to get here, winning all of its conference home games and losing its three road games. Senior forward Landry Fields, the most improved player in the Pac-10 over the past few seasons, is averaging 21.8 points and 8.7 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jeremy Green averages 17.5 points.
If Stanford goes with a bit of a smaller lineup, Arizona small forward Kevin Parrom likely will end up on Green, but Parrom, who has earned kudos for his physical defense, probably will see time on both Cardinal scorers.
After that, the Cardinal doesn’t have much, and the team has added former Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard for tonight’s game to help fill out the roster after losing forward Andrew Zimmermann (5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds) and guard Gabriel Harris (2.2 points, 1.1 rebounds) to stress fracture injuries.
Senior guard Emmanuel Igbinosa (2.0, 1.0) did not travel because of an academic commitment, according to Stanford.
Matchup analysis from Javier Morales at wildaboutazcats.com. He picks the Wildcats to win by eight points. I’ll believe what I saw from Arizona’s game against Arizona State and say Cats by 14.
Jason King at Yahoo! Sports leads his conference power rankings with a feature on Sean Miller, who praises the UA fans for sticking with the team through some early struggles.
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