Feb 2, 2002
By RICK EYMER
Associated Press Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Channing Fyre scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Luke Walton added 20 points as No. 19 Arizona beat No. 18 Stanford 88-82 in overtime Saturday night.
Jason Gardner added 18 points as the Wildcats (15-6, 8-3 Pac-10) won their third straight at Stanford and improved to 7-3 against ranked opponents this season.
Curtis Borchardt recorded his eight double-double of the season with 25 points and 21 rebounds - tied for fifth-best in school history - as Stanford (13-6, 6-4) lost for the first time this season at home. Casey Jacobsen, who had 49 points Thursday night against Arizona State, finished with 24 points.
The Wildcats rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half behind the deadly shooting of Fyre, who was 10-of-13. He is shooting 76 percent from the field over his last eight games. Arizona committed just eight turnovers in the game, three after halftime. The Wildcats had 59 in their previous three games.
Rick Anderson's hook shot with 4:01 left gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 77-76. He also made a shot with 43 seconds left that gave them an 83-79 lead.
Arizona made its free throws in the final minute to hold on, improving to 3-1 on the road in Pac-10 play when trailing at halftime.
Stanford couldn't get a shot off on its last possession of regulation. Jacobsen was called for an offensive foul as the shot clock was winding down.
Gardner's 18-foot shot at the buzzer hit off the front rim, sending the game into overtime.
Stanford made two field goals in the final 11 minutes of play.
The Cardinal led by 15 points early in the second half, but Arizona rallied within 69-64 when Walton completed a three-point play with 7:29 remaining. A minute later Fyre's tip-in closed the gap to 69-68.
Walton made one of two free throws with 2:46 remaining to tie the game at 75-all.
The Wildcats scored five straight points over the final 1:30 of last year's game to win by one point in Maples Pavilion.
Stanford built a 14-point lead late in the first half as Borchardt hit seven of his first 11 attempts, including three baskets on offensive rebounds.
The Wildcats began to rally in the final three minutes when Gardner, who missed six of his first seven shots, made three in a row.
The Cardinal led 43-33 at halftime.
Arizona tried a box-and-one at times against Jacobsen and enjoyed some success. Will Bynum and Salim Stoudamire took turns hounding the Cardinal's leading scorer, but that allowed Borchardt room to roam inside.
The Wildcats used a more conventional man-to-man defense in the second half, with Walton predominantly taking Jacobsen.