Nick Robinson scooped up the ball, glanced at the clock, took a couple of dribbles, and let it fly. A roar followed, then he was engulfed by a delirious crowd that included former Cardinal Tiger Woods.
Third-stringer Robinson hit a running 3-pointer from about 35 feet at the buzzer, and No. 2 Stanford survived a late scare to defeat No. 12 Arizona, 80-77, yesterday and remain one of the nation's two undefeated Division 1 teams.
The Cardinal (20-0, 11-0 Pac-10), who tied a school record with their 20th straight victory, came from 4 points behind in the final minute after Arizona went on a 19-6 run to take the lead.
The winning shot was set up when Robinson and Matt Lottich trapped Arizona's Salim Stoudamire, knocking the ball loose.
"The ball was suddenly in front of me. I looked at the clock and there was two seconds left. I went right for the basket. I knew I had to get a shot off," said Robinson, who started at forward only because of leg injuries to Justin Davis and Matt Haryasz.
Stoudamire had 24 points for the Wildcats (14-6, 6-5), including a long 3-pointer that gave Arizona a 77-73 lead with 58 seconds left. Josh Childress then made 1 of 2 free throws with 43 seconds left. A steal by Lottich then led to Childress's 3-pointer that tied the game with 24 seconds to go.
Saint Joseph's 89, La Salle 63 -- At Philadelphia, the third-ranked Hawks had an easy time extending their school-record winning streak to 20 games behind 22 points from Delonte West and 20 from Jameer Nelson.
La Salle (8-13, 3-5 Atlantic 10) kept this one close early. Steven Smith scored 11 of La Salle's first 19 points -- including a 4-point play -- to keep the score tied at 19. The Explorers couldn't keep pace after that.
Saint Joseph's (20-0, 9-0) has seven regular-season games left, all against A-10 opponents, and only three more games against teams with winning records. The Hawks host Dayton (18-3, 8-0) Wednesday.
Pittsburgh 66, Notre Dame 58 -- At South Bend, Ind., Carl Krauser scored 19 points and Julius Page had 17 to help the No. 4 Panthers rally from an early 13-point hole.
The victory ended a five-game losing streak for Pitt (22-1, 8-1 Big East) at Notre Dame. The Irish (10-9, 4-5) have lost three straight.
Pitt got tough defensively after allowing Notre Dame to make nine of its first 15 shots (60 percent), holding the Irish to 32 percent shooting the rest of the game.
UConn 88, W. Virginia 58 -- The fifth-ranked Huskies (19-3, 7-1 Big East) shot 68 percent in the second half, and Emeka Okafor led the way in Storrs, Conn., with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 blocks.
Ben Gordon led Connecticut with 24 points and added seven assists. Kevin Pittsnogle's 17 points paced the Mountaineers (12-8, 4-5).
Charlie Villanueva scored 16 points in his first start for the Huskies in place of Josh Boone, who injured his shoulder in UConn's win over Syracuse last Monday.
Louisville 73, Ala.-Birmingham 55 -- The No. 6 Cardinals shot just 32 percent at home, but managed to break a two-game skid behind Luke Whitehead's 13 points and 18 rebounds.
Larry O'Bannon scored 15 points for Louisville (17-3, 7-2 Conference USA), and Francisco Garcia, the team's leading scorer, had 7 points and five rebounds before injuring his right ankle early in the second half.
Mississippi St. 80, Mississippi 56 -- The No. 7 Bulldogs (19-1, 8-1 SEC) pulled away in the second half at Starkville, Miss., aided by Lawrence Roberts's 14-of-18 effort from the foul line.
Roberts finished with 24 points, and his slam with 14:20 left capped a 13-2 run that buried the Rebels (11-9, 3-6). Shane Power added 15 points and Timmy Bowers 14 for the Bulldogs, who shot 61 percent (16 for 26) in the second half.
Gonzaga 87, Loyola Marymount 57 -- Blake Stepp had 16 points and 10 assists, and Cory Violette added 13 points as the eighth-ranked Bulldogs (19-2, 9-0 West Coast) rolled in Spokane, Wash., for their 12th win in a row.
Kentucky 65, S. Carolina 64 -- At Lexington, Ky., Erik Daniels had 17 points and nine rebounds, and the No. 9 Wildcats (16-3, 6-2 SEC) used a late defensive stand to hold off the 25th-ranked Gamecocks (19-4, 6-3).
Cincinnati 54, Houston 51 -- Jason Maxiell (14 points) contributed a dunk and two free throws in the final 1:25, and the 10th-ranked Bearcats (16-3, 7-2 Conference USA), held to their lowest point total of the season, escaped in Houston.
Oklahoma St. 88, Iowa St. 67 -- The 13th-ranked Cowboys (17-2, 7-1 Big 12) kept their composure on the road after an early 8-point deficit, and Ivan McFarlin and John Lucas each finished with 21 points.
Northwestern 69, Wisconsin 51 -- Vedran Vukusic scored 18 points and the host Wildcats used a big first-half run to stun the No. 14 Badgers and knock Wisconsin (15-4, 6-2) out of the Big Ten lead.
N. Carolina 79, Wake Forest 73 -- At Winston-Salem, N.C., the 17th-ranked Tar Heels (14-6, 4-5 ACC) rode the hot shooting of Melvin Scott early and the inside dominance of Sean May late past the No. 16 Demon Deacons (13-6, 4-5).
Providence 74, Syracuse 61 -- Donnie McGrath and Marcus Douthit scored 16 points apiece and the No. 23 Friars (15-5, 6-3 Big East) placed four starters in double figures in a victory over the 18th-ranked Orangemen (14-5, 4-4) in Providence.
Kansas 96, Texas Tech 77 -- The No. 20 Jayhawks (15-4, 6-1 Big 12) had their best offensive output of the season, with Wayne Simien dropping 22 points and 17 rebounds on the No. 19 Red Raiders (17-5, 5-3) in Lawrence, Kan.
Florida 81, Vanderbilt 71 -- Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson each had 25 points, and the No. 21 Gators (14-6, 5-4 SEC) made 21 consecutive free throws in the second half to pull away at home.
Utah St. 63, UC Santa Barbara 54 -- Nate Harris supplied 11 points and 10 rebounds, and the 24th-ranked Aggies (19-1, 11-0 Big West) extended their winning streak to 16 games with the home victory.