Arizona found itself down, but never out, as it defeated Stanford 60-57 Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion.
Stefan Nastic scored first and T.J. McConnell hit a jumper. Dwight Powell made one of two free-throws and Nastic scored again. After two more free-throws from Powell, he scored a bucket to put Stanford up 9-2 with 15:13 left in the half.
Brandon Ashley made two from the line and Kaleb Tarczewski did the same. Rondae Jefferson then made a jumper and McConnell did as well. A shot by Anthony Brown then put Stanford up 11-10 with 11:17 left.
McConnell made a shot, but Brown hit a three. After one free-throw by Johnson, Gordon made a bank shot and a three by Johnson to go up 18-14. Huestis scored and Tarczewski came back with a three-point play. Chasson Randle made one from the line and Huestis added another bucket.
After a free-throw by Hollis-Jefferson, Marcus Allen made a jumper and Randle matched it. Aaron Gordon then made a free-throw and Randle made two. McConnell then made a three to put the Wildcats up 26-25 with just under four minutes left.
Gabe York made two free-throws and Nastic hit a bucket. Hollis-Jefferson added two free-throws and a basket by Randle and Brown put Stanford up 31-30 at the half.
Johnson made a three, but Nastic made two free-throws and Huestis made a three of his own. Ashley then made a three, as a score by Powell and three by Randle put Stanford up 41-36 early in the second half.
York made a three as Powell scored shortly after. Hollis-Jefferson came up with a three-point play, but Nastic, Huestis, and Powell scored consecutive baskets. Johnson made two free-throws and Huestis matched it at the line before Ashley’s three-point play cut the lead to four with 11:44 left in the second half.
McConnell and Huestis exchanged baskets and after a short draught, Gordon got a dunk as Arizona close to within 53-51 with 6:45 left in regulation.
Ashley and Johnson scored to put Arizona up two, but Powell came back and scored. Tarczewski then found Johnson for three off an offensive rebound and the Wildcats went up 58-55 with 45 seconds left.
Arizona decided to foul Randle, who made both. Johnson then went to the line and did the same, as Stanford’s three attempt missed at the buzzer and the Wildcats won.