Mark Lyons had a season-high 25 points and Solomon Hill scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half while the Arizona Wildcats beat Stanford 73-66 tonight at McKale Center.
With reserve forward Grant Jerrett out because of foot pain, the Wildcats also received a career-high eight rebounds from Angelo Chol.
The Wildcats trailed 10-0 early and just 58-57 entering the final three minutes but made a late offensive push in what was otherwise a defensive struggle.
The win moved Arizona to 20-2 overall and 8-2 in the Pac-12, while Stanford snapped a three-game winning streak and dropped to 14-9 and 5-5.
Arizona led by just one with three minutes left before Lyons hit a three pointer and Solomon Hill scored to put UA ahead 63-57. Later, Kevin Parrom hit a three-pointer from the corner with 1:38 left and Hill drove inside for a dunk that gave UA a 67-61 lead with 1:07 left that all but put the game away.
UA cut Stanford's lead to one point five times but only led once in the first 10 minutes of the second half but finally broke through with six minutes to go when after Hill hit a three-pointer and made two free throws to tie it at 54.
After falling in a quick 10-0 hole to start the game, UA trailed Stanford just 27-26 at halftime.
The Wildcats allowed Stanford to make four of its first seven three-point attempts but held Stanford to 29.6 percent from the field overall in the first half.
However, Arizona’s offense never was able to get any traction, either. UA shot just 34.5 percent from the field and was hampered by 1-of-7 shooting from Brandon Ashley and 1-for-6 shooting by Hill.
Mark Lyons led the Wildcats in first half scoring with 10 points while Kevin Parrom had five rebounds and Chol, playing more with the absence of Jerrett, had four rebounds.
Arizona did not score for the first four minutes of the game while Stanford built a 10-0 lead, getting two three-pointers from Aaron Bright.
Arizona cut Stanford’s lead to as little as two points, 14-12, but Stanford broke that open by getting threes from Bright and John Gage. Although Gage entered the game shooting 65.4 percent from three-point range in Pac-12 games, the Wildcats left him open. But Gage did not score again.
Jerrett sat out the game because of pain in his left foot, becoming the first UA player to miss a game this season because of injury.
Jerrett had what UA coach Sean Miller called “a little bit of foot pain” after the Wildcats’ win at Washington State last Saturday, and Jerrett missed practices this week while wearing a protective boot. UA officials said it was decided today to hold Jerrett out as a precaution.
Jerrett has been UA’s top post reserve, averaging 20.0 minutes per game in conference play, averaging 3.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in conference games.