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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Stanford rallied late to defeat Arizona 73-64 on Thursday in Pac-12 men’s basketball in Tucson, Ariz. The win marked Stanford’s first victory at McKale Center – and the first sweep of the Wildcats – since 2008.
Jaiden Delaire led the Cardinal (10-5 overall, 6-3 Pac-12) with 21 points, hitting 7 of 12 field goals and a 3-pointer. While tying his career high in scoring, Delaire scored 14 points in the second half.
Oscar da Silva was next with 17 points, Michael O’Connell scored 14 points and had four assists, and Spencer Jones added 10 points – including two 3s – and a team-high six rebounds.
Stanford outshot the Wildcats 49 percent to 41 percent, as Arizona saw a three-game win streak snapped while losing at home for the third time this season. The Cardinal outscored Arizona 34-14 in the paint.
Delaire, Jones and da Silva combined for 19 points in a 20-8 Cardinal run late in the game to pull away from Arizona.
Stanford made 7 of 9 of its field goals down the stretch, while the Wildcats were held to 2 of 12.
James Akinjo was the Wildcats’ top scorer with 17 points along with six assists, followed by Terrell Brown Jr. with 13, and Dalen Terry and Bennedict Mathurin with 10 pointd each. Arizona (12-4, 6-4) outrebounded the Cardinal 32-30.
Stanford’s southwest road trip continues Saturday, when the Cardinal visit Arizona State.
Cardinal reschedule games with USC
Stanford men’s basketball’s previously postponed contests with Southern California have been rescheduled for Feb.2 at Maples Pavilion and Feb. 22 in Los Angeles at Galen Center.
According to Stanford Athletics, “the change follows Santa Clara County’s updated Directive for Collegiate and Professional Sports, which allows for the resumption of training and competition involving contact, close proximity and equipment sharing – both indoors and outdoors – on Stanford’s campus.”
The game against USC on Feb. 2 will be Stanford’s first game on its home court this season. It’s been 338 days since its last game at Maples Pavilion on March 1, 2020.