STANFORD, CA- No. 4 Arizona Basketball (22-4, 11-4) was unable to escape the upset-minded Stanford Cardinal (11-14, 5-9), the Cats fell 88-79.
Entering Saturday’s action on a seven-game winning streak, No. 4 Arizona Basketball was back in action, looking to continue its winning ways as it closed out its road trip in the Bay Area.
Traveling to Stanford to take on the Cardinal, the Wildcats were the favorite in this one; however, Arizona’s prowess didn’t intimidate host Stanford in this one.
Despite shooting a combined 45.9 percent from the field, including 14-35 (40.0 percent) from three, the Wildcats fell, 88-79.
Arizona’s Courtney Ramey had a huge day, scoring a game-high 26 points on 9-18 shooting (8-16 from three), meanwhile, Cedric Henderson, Jr. and Kerr Kriisa added with 12 and 10 points respectively.
Unfortunately, Arizona’s big men struggled as they combined for just 12 points. Azuolas Tubelis sat a large portion of the game on the bench due to foul trouble.
Despite having a nine-point first-half lead, No. 4 Arizona Basketball was unable to shake Stanford in the end, snapping its seven-game win streak on the road.
Looking to end its Bay Area trip on a high note, Arizona returned to action with a huge matchup advantage against the Stanford Cardinal.
And from the tip, the Wildcats began to assert their dominance in this one as Arizona climbed out to a 24-19 lead in the first 10-plus minutes of game action.
Unfortunately, Stanford would not go away as just moments later, the Cardinal responded with a 7-0 run to pull ahead 26-24.
Arizona would begin to find its offensive rhythm in the first half, eventually pulling ahead by nine as they used a strong defensive effort that led to transition offense to make it 44-35 with 1:31 to play.
But once again, Stanford would go quietly, ending the half on a 6-0 run to make it 44-41 at halftime in favor of the Cats.
Looking to find its dominant offensive play, the Wildcats, and Cardinal would trade buckets for much of the early parts of the half as Arizona couldn’t seem to pull away. But as the fouls began to pile up for the Cats, Stanford took advantage.
Tied 63-63, Stanford closed out the game on a 24-15 run, and despite Arizona’s best attempts to come back into this one, the Wildcats would eventually fall, losing 88-79 to Stanford.
With the loss, the Wildcats now fall to 22-4 (11-4) on the season and will resume basketball action on Thursday when they take on Utah in Tucson! Tip-off against the Utes is set for 8:00 PM MST! Arizona will then follow that up with a matchup against Colorado on Saturday at home!