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Arizona Sweeps Stanford

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Stanford can beat just about anybody in the country - except Arizona.

The ninth-ranked Wildcats used intense pressure defense and a balanced, aggressive offense in the second half and made it a sweep of No. 2 Stanford 86-81 Thursday night.

Richard Jefferson, who broke his right foot in Arizona's 68-65 victory at Stanford Jan. 8 and was scoreless in his first two games back last week, scored 19 points off the bench for the Wildcats, 13 in the second half.

Michael Wright scored 20 for Arizona (25-6 overall, 14-3 Pac-10). Jason Gardner, named freshman of the year Thursday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, gave the Cardinal fits with his quickness and finished with 14 points and seven assists.

Luke Walton added 15 points, five in the last four minutes, and handed out 12 assists. Gilbert Arenas scored 14.

David Moseley scored 14 of his team's points in a row in the second half and led a late run that cut Arizona's 15-point lead to 84-81, that after Casey Jacobsen's off-balance 3-pointer with 14 seconds to go.

The Cardinal (25-3, 14-3) couldn't catch the Wildcats to foul them and Wright broke loose for a wide-open stuff with nine seconds to go to clinch Arizona's 29th consecutive homecourt Pac-10 victory.

Jacobsen scored 20 and Mark Madsen had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford.

Arizona, already without 7-foot-1 Loren Woods for four games with a back injury, lost Woods' backup, Justin Wessell, with an ankle injury with 8:02 to play.

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