Arizona got off to an awful start, threatening to spoil its anniversary party at the McKale Center. Even when the Wildcats rallied to get...
TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona got off to an awful start, threatening to spoil its anniversary party at the McKale Center. Even when the Wildcats rallied to get within reach of Stanford, they couldn’t seem to pull away.
The seniors, as usual, took over just in time.
Mark Lyons scored a season-high 25 points and led a key stretch in the second half, Solomon Hill scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half, and No. 7 Arizona held off Stanford 73-66 Wednesday night on the 40th anniversary of the first game at McKale Center.
“At the end of the game, that’s when great plays are made,” said Lyons, who also dished out six assists. “Me and Solomon made great plays at the end of the game, a lot of us made great defensive plays to open the game up. You’re really not a good player if you don’t like it in crunch time.”
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Playing in front of a color-coordinated home crowd, Arizona (20-2, 8-2) came out flat, spoiling the festive atmosphere.
The Wildcats needed most of the first half to catch the Cardinal and traded a flurry of made baskets in a back-and-forth second half before their seniors took over.
Behind its two seniors and with a lift from Angelo Chol — he had eight rebounds and six points with Grant Jerrett out — Arizona made 15 of 25 shots in the second half.
Dwight Powell scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half for Stanford (14-9, 5-5), which has lost seven straight to Arizona.
At Oregon State 82,
Roberto Nelson had 26 points and five rebounds as Oregon State pulled away in the second half.
Joe Burton added 17 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists for Oregon State (12-11, 2-8), which recorded its highest point total in a conference game this season.
Brandon Taylor had a season-high 21 points and six assists, and Jarred DuBois scored 20 points for Utah (10-12, 2-8).
Oregon State bumped its nine-point halftime lead to 18 less than seven minutes into the second half.