gostanford.com photo: The Stanford Cardinal Reid Travis (22) goes for the finger roll against a defensive potent Arizona Wildcat team on Sunday night at Maples Pavilion
By London Marq
Early conference play has not treated Stanford (8-6) well. After a close defeat at the hands of Arizona State University (8-7) 98-93, the Cardinal hosted the tough Arizona Wildcats (13-2). The Cardinal so far this season have played, going 8-5 coming into this matchup.
The Wildcats were 12-2 entering play, holding the second seed in the PAC-12 Conference, and they played like they knew it. Rawle Alkins, lead all scorers with 19 points, and was perfect from the free throw line with eight makes. Arizona had four players in double digits. They went 63% from the floor as a team and hit 10 of 14 three pointers.
Stanford held a small two point lead at the very beginning of regulation, but were otherwise completely outclassed by the Wildcats. Reid Travis, star big man, and Dorian Pickens were the only Cardinal players who cracked doubles digits with ten apiece. Travis went 41% while Pickens shot 30% from the floor. Arizona locked them down on defense, allowing Stanford to shoot 34% on the night with only three long balls out of 16 converted.
Head Coach Jerod Haase is looking to make the most out of his inaugural coaching season at Stanford. He’ll need to have his team in better form as the season continues if he hopes to be competitive in the PAC-12 this season.
Arizona manhandles Stanford 91-52.
They are now tied for the best record in the conference at 13-2.