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Even with a nearly 9-minute scoring drought in the second half, coach Johnny Dawkins‘ Cardinal had a chance to tie the game on the final shot. Another disheartening close call for this bunch.
Nick Johnson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 51 seconds remaining and made two free throws with 5.8 seconds left as Arizona survived for a 60-57 victory over Stanford on Wednesday night for its school-record 21st straight win.
“It’s disappointing, especially the way we played,” Dawkins said. “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, joining No. 2 Syracuse, which also won Wednesday night. Fourth-ranked Wichita State hasn’t lost either.
“Coming off any loss, it’s tough to sleep at night,” Huestis said. “But of course this is going to weigh heavily on guys’ minds. You can go one of two ways. You can either pick you head up, learn a lesson from it and get ready for the next one. Or you can allow it to mess you up for the next game. I am sure our guys are going to ready to go the next game.”
Johnson missed a free throw with 28 seconds left and Stanford called time out. Huestis missed a 3 from the left wing and Aaron Gordon secured the rebound, but he also missed a free throw giving the Cardinal one final shot.
Chasson Randle missed a long 3 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.”
“For 38 minutes, I thought we were right there,” Dawkins said. “Credit Arizona for making the plays they had to make at the end. Nick Johnson stepping up, whether at the foul line or whether it was a 3-point bucket late. I’ve watched a lot of tape of them, he’s done it all year.”
The Cardinal beat two Top 25 teams already with victories at then-No. 10 Connecticut and at then-No. 17 Oregon earlier this month.
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