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Stanford Stuns No. 1 Arizona

January 31, 2003|From Associated Press

TUCSON — McKale Center is becoming a home away from home for Stanford.

Matt Lottich scored 23 points, including a three-point basket with 58 seconds to play, to lift Stanford to an 82-77 upset of No. 1 Arizona on Thursday night.

Stanford beat a No. 1 team for only the third time in the school's history and the first time on the road. But victories at McKale Center are nothing new for Coach Mike Montgomery's squad.

The Cardinal, which improved to 15-5 overall and 6-2 in the Pacific 10 Conference, won at Arizona for the third year in a row.

"It was a great win considering we didn't even play our best," Montgomery said.

When it was over, there was no wild celebration. The Stanford players patted each other on the back, shook hands and walked away.

"We've beat ranked teams before. They just happened to be No. 1," Stanford's Nick Robinson said. "The fact that we'd beaten them here the two times previous, we had a lot of confidence."

Despite the loss, Arizona (15-2, 7-1) remained tied with California for first in the Pac-10. California plays Saturday at Arizona.

Julius Barnes, who had 14 points and 10 assists but made only four of 21 shots from the field, made two free throws in a one-and-one situation with 8.5 seconds to play to secure the victory.

Earlier, Arizona Athletic Director Jim Livengood issued a statement regarding allegations that members of the team stole candy and change from a vending machine at a motel in Lawrence, Kan., last weekend.

"We have investigated the situation and have taken action in accordance with NCAA and university policy, rules and regulations," Livengood said. He did not say what the action was and said there would be no further comment on the issue.

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