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Randle reaches scoring milestone in Stanford loss

 

Chasson Randle scored 26 points and reached a scoring milestone, Anthony Brown added 18 points and nine rebounds but the Stanford men's basketball team could not match visiting No. 7 Arizona's firepower, dropping an 89-82 decision to the Wildcats in a Pac-12 Conference contest Thursday night.

Stefan Nastic added 10 points for the Cardinal (4-2 Pac-12, 13-5 overall), who saw a three-game winning streak end. Stanford also dropped out of a share of first place in the conference.

"Any time you lose, it's disappointing," Randle said. "It's an opportunity gone, especially being at home. It stings a little bit."

Arizona extended its winning streak against the Cardinal to 10 games. Stanford looks to make things right Saturday when Arizona State visits for a 9 p.m. contest.

"We have to refocus," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "It's a quick turnaround and we can't dwell on this game, as tough as it was. We know we have to move forward and that's where the seniors are so important."

Stanford was ahead, 52-47, with 15:35 remaining to play, courtesy of a Brown 3-pointer but the Wildcats began chipping away at the lead, eventually taking over in the final five minutes.

"They're a great team but I feel our defense needs to be a lot better," Nastic said. "We didn't defend the way we can and that's the reason, I think, we lost the game."

Brown scored 13 of his points in the second half after struggling to stay in the game in the first half. Brown picked up three early fouls and sat out about 10 minutes.

"It was a difficult night for him," Dawkins said. "He was never able to get into the flow of the game. He settled down and made plays down the stretch."

While the Cardinal went cold, Arizona heated up. Stanford was 2 of 10 from the field after taking its five-point advantage while the Wildcats hit 12 of 15 shots and opened a double-digit lead with 4:27 left.

"We weren't able to get stops and they were," Dawkins said. "They were a little bit better than we were in the second half."

With a 3-pointer that put Stanford ahead in the final minute of the first half, Randle became the third Cardinal to score at least 2,000 career points.

"I play to win, so that's not in my mind," said Randle, who scored more than 20 points in a game for the ninth time this season. "The bottom line is we lost. We need to fix things we didn't do right and then flush it and get ready for Arizona State."

He's also the 15th Pac-12 player to reach the milestone, and the first in 12 years. UCLA's Jason Kapono reached the magic number in 2003.

Arizona was ahead by nine points midway through the first half and then hit a slow patch, missing six of seven shots. That allowed the Cardinal to work itself back and eventually take a 41-39 lead into halftime.

"We got to halftime relatively fine," Dawkins said. "We had the lead and then they locked in defensively. We didn't play defense the way we are capable."

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