STANFORD, Calif. — Nick Johnson kept Arizona’s perfect season going for another game, hitting a go-ahead three-pointer with 51 seconds left and a pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds to go as the top-ranked Wildcats survived for a 60-57 victory over Stanford on Wednesday night for their school-record 21st straight win.
“It’s disappointing, especially the way we played,” said Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins, whose team went 8½ minutes without scoring after taking a 53-49 lead with 9:58 remaining. “Falling short means there are no moral victories. For us, we have to look at how can we get better? There’s still a big upside for our team, and we have time to still continue to improve. I think we showed that tonight.”
Johnson finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and T.J. McConnell added 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Arizona (21-0, 8-0 Pac-12), off to the program’s best start in conference play in more than a decade.
Arizona is one of three unbeaten teams left in Division I basketball, along with No. 2 Syracuse and No. 4 Wichita State.
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Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis each scored 13 points for Stanford (13-7, 4-4), which outshot Arizona 38 percent to 36 percent.
Chasson Randle missed a long three-pointer just before the final buzzer for Stanford.
“I thought I got a good look at it,” Randle said. “It was just one of those nights.”
After a basket by Huestis with 9:58 remaining gave Stanford a 53-49 lead, Stanford didn’t score again until a Powell layin with 1:21 left.
“We’re an outstanding defensive team. It isn’t as if we changed any scheme, we just buckled down and had a lot of players playing very hard, and our ability to hold them to what we did is a big reason we won,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said. “Our defense won the game tonight.”
Other men’s game
Arizona State 89, at California 78 (OT)
Jermaine Marshall made a three-pointer with 19 second left in regulation to send the game into overtime for the Sun Devils, who dominated the extra period.
Guard Jahii Carson scored 29 for Arizona State (16-5, 5-3), including 11 in overtime. He was 8 for 8 from the foul line in OT.
Justin Cobbs scored 21 for California (14-7, 5-3).
At Utah 58, Colorado 55
Michelle Plouffe had 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals to lead the Utes (10-10, 3-6) to a victory over the Buffaloes.
Brittany Wilson scored 22 to lead Colorado (12-8, 2-7), and Jamee Swan had 15 points and nine rebounds