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Arizona 89, Stanford 82



STANFORD, Calif. — Forwards Stanley Johnson and Brandon Ashley scored 25 of their combined 36 points in the second half, leading seventh-ranked Arizona to a 89-82 victory over Stanford on Thursday at Maples Pavilion.

Both Johnson and Ashley were limited by foul trouble in the foul-filled game, but Johnson finished with 19 points in 28 minutes of action and Ashley had 17 points in just 16 minutes on the court.

Fifty-one fouls were called, resulting in 67 free-throw attempts. One player fouled out, and seven others finished with four fouls.

Arizona (17-2, 5-1 Pac-12) beat Stanford (13-5, 4-2) for the 10th straight time. The win enabled the Wildcats to move into a tie for first place with Utah.

Guard Chasson Randle had 26 points for Stanford, and swingman Anthony Brown added 18 points and nine rebounds despite foul trouble.

Winning the game on the road was significant for Arizona. Stanford entered with a 9-0 home record, while the Wildcats were just 2-2 in games on their opponent’s home court. None of Arizona’s road games was against a ranked opponent.

Stanford held a five-point lead with 15:33 left in the game, but the Wildcats took charge from there behind Johnson and Ashley.

Ashley’s three-point play with 14:53 left tied the game, and he added a 3-point shot 43 second later to give the Wildcats their first lead of the half.

Stanford tied it at 55-55, but Johnson’s baseline 10-footer put Arizona ahead to stay.

The Cardinal was still in the game with 8:48 left, trailing 63-60, but an 11-2 Arizona run helped the Wildcats build a 14-point lead.

Stanford made a late charge, getting as close as six with 38 seconds left, but the Wildcats hit their free throws in the closing seconds to stay ahead.

Fouls were the biggest factor in the first half, which ended with Stanford holding a 41-39 lead.

The game did not seem particularly physical, but officials called 25 fouls in the first 20 minutes, resulting in 30 free-throw attempts.

Johnson, the Wildcats’ leading scorer, was limited to nine minutes and six points in the half after getting two early fouls, and Ashley, Arizona’s No. 2 scorer, played only four minutes while committing three fouls.

Stanford’s No. 2 scorer, Brown, played only 10 minutes because he picked up three fouls before halftime.

Randle scored 14 points in the first half and helped the Cardinal overcome an early 27-19 deficit. His 3-point shot with 59 seconds left put Stanford ahead and provided the final points of the half.

NOTES: Stanford again was without two key forwards: Reid Travis, a starter who missed his seventh consecutive game with a stress fracture in his foot, and Grant Verhoeven, who had been starting in Travis’ place but missed his third straight game with a hip injury. … Arizona’s 69-51 victory over Utah on Saturday was the first Pac-12 game in seven years between two top-10 teams. … Arizona F Stanley Johnson was named the national freshman of the week by the United States Basketball Writers Association after averaging 20 points and 8.5 rebounds in victories over Colorado and Utah. He won the Pac-12 player of the week award on Monday. … Entering Thursday’s play, Stanford G Chasson Randle led the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.8 points per game. He scored his 2,000th point in the first half Thursday. … Arizona is ranked in the Top 10 for the 31st consecutive week. The last time Stanford was ranked in the Associated Press poll was the final rankings of the 2008 season, when the Cardinal were No. 10.

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