By Matthew T.F. Harrington
The Stanford Cardinal suffered its first home loss of the season, falling to 7th-ranked University of Arizona 89-82 Thursday night. Stanford led 41-39 at the half, but the Wildcats (17-2, 5-1 Pac-12) overpowered the hosts to move back into a tie with Utah at the top spot of the Pac-12 standings.
Stanford guard Chasson Randle scored a game-high 26 points, becoming the third player in program history to eclipse 2,000 career points. He now sits behind only Todd Lichti (2,336) and Adam Keefe (2,319) on the Cardinal scoring list.
Randle went 7-of-18 from the field and nailed all 10 free throws he attempted. Anthony Brown added 18 points for Stanford (13-5, 4-2).
Arizona’s Player of the Year candidate Stanley Johnson scored 19 points while junior forward Brandon Ashely picked up 17.
Thursday’s contest featured a combined 51 fouls, including 28 on Stanford. The Cardinal hit 24 of 31 attempts from the charity stripe while Arizona converted on 24 of 36 free throws.
Stanford looks to start a new home winning streak after taking its first 9 at Maples Pavilion when Arizona State heads to the Farm. The Sun Devils are currently two wins behind the Cardinal in conference play, having won a pair of their six Pac-12 games.