TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- This looked more like Arizona basketball.
The victory came despite the loss of two guards in two days --
and after the Wildcats (11-6, 4-3 Pac-10) had lost three of four in
their worst six-game conference start in 21 years.
"We had to come back home on a good note," Shakur said about
dropping two games in Oregon last week. "It was so important to
get back in a rhythm again."
Williams, who was 9-of-13 from the field, made a driving layup
to tie it at 73 in regulation, then broke a 77-77 tie with a
three-point play with 2:26 left in overtime.
"He just keeps getting better and better," coach Lute Olson
said. "He has tremendous poise and confidence."
Shakur, who had the most assists by an Arizona player since Luke
Walton's 12 against Stanford on March 3, 2000, made it 83-79 with
another three-point play after a spectacular spin move with 1:14 to
go, and added four free throws down the stretch.
Stanford's Matt Haryasz had a career-high 25 points. The
Cardinal (7-7, 3-3) also got 13 points from Laurence Hill and 12
each from Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld, but couldn't keep their
three-game winning streak intact or win on the road (0-5).
"We played in one of the more hostile environments, so, yes, we
played with toughness," Cardinal coach Trent Johnson said. "We
were in the game."
Arizona played without 13-game starter Chris Rodgers, demoted
Saturday at Oregon and dismissed from the team Wednesday, and
replacement Jawann McClellan, who tore a wrist ligament in that
game and had surgery earlier Thursday.
After the game, Olson spoke of a second chance for Rodgers, a
senior and the consensus choice as Arizona's best defensive player.
"The ball is in Chris' court," Olson said. "There are certain
things he is going to have to do. If he does them, there is a
chance he can come back."
Inexperience nearly got the Wildcats in the second half, when
the Cardinal shot 63.6 percent (14-of-22) and made five 3-pointers
to rally from an 11-point halftime deficit and take a 63-62 lead on
a Laurence Hill's 15-footer with 9:33 to play.
Radenovic tied it with a free throw at the 8:05 mark, but then
picked up his fourth foul blocking a shot by Taj Finger and came
out of the game with 7:30 left.
The lead changed hands or was tied eight times in regulation
"In the second half, we were very aggressive," Haryasz said.
"We played real basketball. Arizona shot the ball well, and they
have a lot to be proud of."
Arizona got a lift from players who were on the floor because of
the roster turmoil, and generated four 11-point leads in the first
half, the last at 46-35 on a layup by Isaiah Fox, who had played in
three of the last six games. He finished with six points after not
scoring since Dec. 19.
Fendi Onobun, pulled out of his redshirt season with 13 games to
go, had six points.
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