Stanford Cardinal Wednesday night game wrap: Cardinal Nearly Pull Off Upset in the Desert lose 74-67

February 9, 2017

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Arizona guard Allonzo Trier (35) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

By: Joe Lami

The 2016-17 season hasn’t been a pretty one for the Stanford Cardinal, but on Wednesday night they played one of their best games of the season in a 74-67 loss to ninth-ranked Arizona.

The Cardinal led early, but Arizona took the lead going into the half 35-32. Stanford hung around the rest of the way, as they wouldn’t let U of A out of their grasp.

Closing into the final minutes, the Cardinal tied the game at 67 with just two minutes to go, but a huge bucket from Lauri Markkanen gave the Wildcats the emotional advantage to close the win out.

Allonzo Trier made his first start of the season and was Arizona’s leading scorer. In just his sixth game back from injury, Trier put up 22 points, 12 of which came from the free-throw line to secure the win.

Reid Travis once again carried the Cardinal, leading all scorers with 26 points. The senior forward also brought down 11 rebounds for another double-double.

Marcus Allen and Dorian Pickens also reached double figures for Stanford with 15 and 12 points respectively.

Though, it’s another loss in the Cardinal’s book, Travis believes that the team can take momentum from hanging in with a top team in the country, “we showed ourselves that we can compete with any team in the country when we play hard. It’s going to fuel us going forward.”

The Cardinal close out their Arizona road trip in Tempe on Saturday against the Arizona State Sundevils.

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