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Late run finishes Stanford

Solomon Hill scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and Mark Lyons added 15 after the break as the senior duo helped lead the Wildcats past Stanford, 73-66. Lyons, who may have turned in his best performance of the season, finished with a game-high 25 points and six assists by making 9-of-13 field goals and sinking all four of his foul attempts.

Solomon Hill scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime Wednesday to help rally the Cats past the Cardinal, 73-66.

Arizona (20-2, 8-2 Pac-12) spotted the Cardinal 10 points to open the game and trailed Stanford for the first 25 minutes until a driving layup by Lyons gave the Wildcats their first lead at 38-37 with 14:28 remaining in the second frame. Stanford, led by Dwight Powell’s 24 points, responded with a 6-0 scoring run to recapture the lead at 43-38.

Stanford (14-9, 5-5 Pac-12) had four players score in double digits while Powell, along with Josh Huestis each posted double-doubles with 10 rebounds apiece. Huestis, who scored 10 points, hit a jumper to give the Cardinal a 54-49 advantage with just under six minutes to play. However, Arizona’s Solomon Hill, who picked up his fourth foul moments earlier, responded with a corner trey to bring the Wildcats to within two points. Hill’s 3-Pointer jumpstarted a 9-0 scoring run to put the Wildcats ahead 58-54.

Stanford’s Aaron Bright answered with a clutch 3-Pointer to close the Cardinal to within 58-57 with 3:15 left, but that proved to be Stanford’s last charge as Arizona’s 9-0 run evolved into a 19-7 blitz over a four-minute stretch late to close out the Cardinal.

Hill sank two free throws for a 69-61 advantage with 47.7 seconds remaining, then added another free throw make along with three successful foul shots from Kevin Parrom in the closing seconds to win, 73-66.

Parrom, who faced the possibility of a team-based suspension following his ejection from the Washington State game last Saturday, did play Wednesday night, finishing with eight points and nine rebounds. Teammate Angelo Chol, who played extended minutes thanks to starter Brandon Ashley’s foul trouble, added six points and eight rebounds.

Arizona, which shot 46.3 percent for the game and 60 percent in the second half (15-for-25), did not score a single point until four minutes into Wednesday’s tip. Parrom found Lyons cutting to the basket for a layup as Stanford led 10-2. Parrom then hit a 3-Pointer to pull the Cats to within five. Lyons then sank a trey of his own off a Hill assist, which was closely followed by Lyons assisting Ashley for a tough score on the low block. Just like that, Stanford’s one-time 10-0 lead was trimmed to 14-12 with 12:37 to play in the first half.

Stanford’s Bright hit the third of three first-half 3-Pointers to put Stanford up 17-12. Bright, who finished with 16 points, scored 11 before halftime in helping the Cardinal lead 27-26 at the break.

Stanford has not won at McKale Center in over five seasons, but looked like the team to beat until a scoreless drought to end the first half gave Arizona hope that better things were to come after intermission. Bright’s third trey at the 10-minute mark proved to be the last field goal the Cardinal would make over the next seven minutes of action until Powell scored inside with 3:09 left. Amazingly, Powell’s basket extended Stanford’s lead to 27-20 thanks to 34.5 percent first half shooting by the Wildcats.

Arizona won the game’s rebounding battle, 33-29 and dished out 13 assists while committing only 11 turnovers. Stanford was equally efficient with 11 assists and just 10 turnovers.

Chassan Randle scored 11 points for Stanford, including a last-ditch trey with 36.8 seconds to play that narrowed Arizona’s lead to 69-64. However, Hill and Parrom would combine to make four three throws over the next 20 seconds of action to close out the victory.

Arizona next plays California in Tucson on Sunday. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network with a scheduled 5 p.m. MST tip time. The Bears face Arizona State Thursday night in Tempe. Due to the Pac-12’s unbalanced schedule, Stanford does not receive a return trip from Arizona this season. If the two schools are to meet again it will have to be in the conference tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

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