BEAR DOWN: Wildcats win 19th straight over Stanford

Brandon Williams returned to the lineup as UA gets back on track with a sweep of the Bay Area schools

Wildcats 70, Stanford 54

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Ira Lee scored 16 points, Justin Coleman added 14 and Arizona beat Stanford 70-54 on Sunday night for its 19th straight win over the Cardinal.

The Wildcats (16-12, 7-8 Pac-12) played a solid all-around game to beat California on Wednesday and kept their momentum going against Stanford.

Arizona jumped to an early 11-point lead and turned back a couple of Stanford runs to keep the Cardinal winless since 2008 in Tucson.

Arizona's Chase Jeter had 14 points before fouling out with 5:29 left.

Stanford (14-13, 7-8) had some success shooting inside, but went 4 for 20 from the 3-point arc. Deajon Davis had 14 and Oscar Da Silva added 12 for the Cardinal.

Stanford leading scorer KZ Okpala had 10 points after missing Wednesday's game against Arizona State with an upper body injury.

Arizona ended a seven-game losing streak with a 76-51 win over Cal on Wednesday. The Wildcats held the Bears to 30 percent shooting and found their 3-point stroke in the second half, making 7 of 16.

Stanford had been on a roll, winning five of six before being run over by Arizona State on Wednesday. The Cardinal had a rough night shooting from the perimeter, going 2 for 21 from the 3-point arc, and allowed the Sun Devils to shoot 52 percent.

Stanford's shooting woes continued early against Arizona.

The Cardinal missed seven of their first eight shots, digging an 11-point hole in the opening five minutes. Stanford rallied to pull within three, but trailed 31-23 at halftime after going scoreless the final 4:10.

The Cardinal shot far better in the second half, but so did Arizona.

Stanford made an early run to pull within four, but the Wildcats kept draining shots to push the lead to double digits and keep it there most of the second half. Arizona shot 14 of 28 in the second half.


Stanford's momentum melted in the desert with a pair of shaky offensive games. Not having Okpala against Arizona State hurt, but the Cardinal still struggled offensively with him back in the lineup against Arizona.

Arizona appears to be back on track after an ugly stretch, playing well at both ends in a pair of victories.


Stanford hosts Washington State on Thursday.

Arizona plays at Oregon State on Thursday.


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