Arrow-right Camera

No. 1 Arizona holds off Stanford’s upset bid


Nick Johnson kept Arizona’s perfect season going for another game, hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 51 seconds left and a pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds to go as the top-ranked Wildcats survived for a 60-57 victory over Stanford on Wednesday night at Stanford, Calif., for their school-record 21st consecutive victory.

After Johnson hit a jumper in the middle of the key with 2:36 remaining to make it 55-53, Dwight Powell answered on a baseline drive with 1:21 to go before Johnson delivered once more.

Johnson finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and T.J. McConnell added 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Arizona (21-0, 8-0 Pac-12), off to the program’s best start in conference play in more than a decade.

Arizona is one of three unbeaten teams left in Division I basketball.

Powell had 13 points for Stanford (13-7, 4-4).

Arizona State 89, California 78 (OT): Jahii Carson scored 11 points in overtime and the Sun Devils beat the Golden Bears (14-7, 5-3 Pac-12) in Berkeley, Calif.

Carson finished with 29 points and seven assists for Arizona State (16-5, 5-3), which won its third straight despite blowing a 16-point lead in the second half.

WCC: San Francisco 84, Portland 71: Kruize Pinkins scored 20 points and Cole Dickerson added 21 as the Dons (14-8, 7-3 WCC) posted their third-straight conference win, defeating the Pilots (12-10, 4-6) at San Francisco. Alec Wintering led the Pilots with 15 points and five assists.

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.