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Cats Fall To Cardinal, 76-71
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Release: 02/28/2002
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Feb. 28, 2002

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Curtis Borchardt scored 28 points, one shy of his career-high, to pick up the slack from an injured Casey Jacobsen as No. 17 Stanford held off 14th-ranked Arizona 76-71 Thursday night.

The 7-foot junior scored 10 points over the final 1:44, including going 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the last 15 seconds. He also got a crucial offensive rebound after teammate Teyo Johnson missed two free throws with six seconds to go and Stanford (18-8, 11-6 Pac-10) leading 74-71.

Borchardt, who finished 11-for-11 from the line, was fouled by Salim Stoudamire on the play, and made two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal the victory.

Jason Gardner scored 33 points for the Wildcats (18-7, 11-6), whose loss ended any shot at a share of the Pac-10 title.

Jacobsen, the Pac-10's leading scorer at 23.8 points per game, left the game with 4:07 to go in the first half with a cut above his right eye. He received seven stitches and returned early in the second half, but a more extensive medical exam was planned after the game.

The junior, who was an All-American last season, finished with a season-low six points on 2-for-7 shooting.

Stanford was coming off consecutive homecourt losses to Southern California and UCLA and hadn't lost three in a row in five years. The Cardinal trailed only once in the second half, 51-50, but never led by more than six points.

With Stanford leading 68-66, Johnson's pass was intercepted by Gardner, who threw it to Rick Anderson streaking to the basket. But Johnson blocked Anderson's layup as the crowd booed loudly, believing a foul should have been called.

Tony Giovacchini made two free throws with 29 seconds left to put the Cardinal ahead 70-66.

Julius Barnes added 13 points for Stanford.

Luke Walton scored 14 points for Arizona but committed nine turnovers.

Gardner scored 20 points in the first half, going 4-of-5 from 3-point range. His fourth 3, at the halftime buzzer, tied the game, at 37.

Arizona outrebounded Stanford 23-13 in the first half and was outrebounded by the Cardinal 25-11 in the second.

During a second-half timeout, the Arizona Diamondbacks showed off their World Series trophy. Manager Bob Brenly, bench coach Bob Melvin and players Luis Gonzalez, Steve Finley and Tony Womack made an appearance. The Diamondbacks' spring training facility is in Tucson.

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