Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - No. 1 Arizona was pushed to the limit, but
Nick Johnson and the Wildcats escaped with a 60-57 victory over Stanford on
Wednesday to remain unbeaten on the season.
Johnson overcame a sluggish start and scored five of his game-high 16 points
in the final minute, as Arizona (21-0, 8-0 Pac-12) won its 21st straight game
to extend a program record.
T.J. McConnell carried the load offensively for the Wildcats early on,
tallying 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Brandon Ashley
contributed 10 points.
Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis each netted 13 points for Stanford (13-7, 4-4),
which managed just one field goal over the final 9:58 of the contest.
Powell and Stefan Nastic, who had 10 points for the game, combined for nine
quick ones to give the Cardinal an early 9-2 edge.
Arizona responded out of the first media timeout, with a pair of Ashley foul
shots igniting a 16-5 spurt for the visitors. Johnson's trey at 9:25 capped
the run and made it 18-14 in favor of the Wildcats.
Neither team led by more than five points over the ne until Powell's layup
seven minutes into the second half made it 49-42.
Huestis' jumper at 9:58 put the brakes on a 7-2 UA run and began a Stanford
scoring drought that lasted nearly 8 1/2 minutes. The Wildcats had just six
points over that stretch, however, with Aaron Gordon's dunk and Ashley's
jumper tying it at 53-apiece and Johnson's jumper putting them in front until
Powell's layup tied it with 1:21 left.
Ashley missed a baseline jumper on the other end, but Kaleb Tarczewski
backtapped the rebound to a wide open Johnson, who calmly sank a deep 3-
pointer with 49 ticks remaining.
Johnson and Gordon each missed the front end of a one-and-one and Chasson
Randle made a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to make it a one-
point game. Johnson redeemed himself with two makes on his next trip to the
line, and Randle's last second triple was off the mark to secure the outcome.
Arizona improved to 5-0 in true road games this season ... Gordon shot just 2-
of-10 for five points but grabbed nine rebounds ... Arizona shot 18-of-50 (36
percent) as a team ... Marcus Allen had Stanford's only two bench points.
Arizona's reserves outscored Stanford, 13-2 ... Randle scored 12 points on 3-
of-15 shooting and handed out three of Stanford's five assists.
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