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No. 4 Arizona 73, No. 5 Stanford 68

Close game throughout. But Arizona used a 13-0 first half run to charge part the Cardinal, and stayed in control most of the way from there.

For Stanford, a disappointing end to a disappointing season.(Although they could go on to the NIT.)

Ivan Radenovic scored a game-high 21 points for the Wildcats, who were playing without Hussan Adams (suspended for the tournament after a DWI arrest). Mustafa Shakur added 18 points. Radenovic and Shakur had seven rebounds.

Chris Hernandez led the Cardinal with 20 points, while Haryasz had 14. Haryasz, Taj Finger and Tim Morris all had seven rebounds for Stanford.

The game also paired a couple of freshmen from Seattle in their tournament debuts. Arizona's Marcus Williams of Roosevelt H.S. had 11 points and three rebounds. Stanford's Mitch Johnson of O'Dea had four points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Arizona's victory is the first for a No. 4 seed over a No. 5 here since 2002. The Wildcats also ran their tournament record vs. Stanford to 4-0.

Arizona guard Christ Rodgers tied a touranment record with five steals.

Stanford committed a season-high 23 turnovers.


Shakur, on playng without Adams: "It took a lot out of us emotionally because he is our emotional leader every day. He called us every day this week to give us support. I just tried not to think about his absence."

Grunfeld, on the end of his career: "It's disappointing to go out, being a senior. We have four seniors that played four years in the Pac-10 and have come down here to LA every year. You don't want to end your Pac-10 tenure on a loss."

Here are the running notes from earlier:

Just about to tip off.

Still a lot of empty seats in here, but a couple of sections of Arizona fans have struck up the "U-of-A" chant.

And the Stanford tree appears sober.

Lute Olson isn't wearing his red coat

This has the makings of maybe the best game of the day.

I'll post some updates as it goes.

HALFTIME: Arizona 31, Stanford 30

31 seconds left: Arizona 70, Stanford 68...

And now it's final: Arizona 73-68. They'll go on to play the winner of the UCLA-Arizona State game, which is up next.