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Robinson's desperation 3 lifts Cardinal

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- 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 Stanford alum Tiger Woods.

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 Saturday and remain one of the nation's
two undefeated Division I teams.

The Cardinal, who tied a school record with their 20th straight
victory, came from four 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.

The crowd stormed the court to surround the Cardinal (20-0, 11-0
Pac-10). Woods came onto the court to celebrate for a few seconds,
then was escorted away from the mayhem by a friend.

"I was flat on my back, Lottich was on top of me," said
Robinson, who had only five points before his winning shot. "And a
couple of other people were on top of me in places that were rather
uncomfortable."

The loss ended a streak of four straight wins for Arizona (14-6,
6-5) at Stanford's Maples Pavilion, where hundreds of students
camped outside starting Tuesday.

"We didn't take care of ourselves in the last minute," said
Arizona's Channing Frye, who had a 3-pointer and dunk to cap a 14-0
run that gave the Wildcats a 72-67 lead with less than four minutes
remaining. "We should have beat them and could have beat them in
this game, we've done it before."

With Stanford trailing 77-73, Josh Childress made one of two
free throws with 43 seconds left. A steal by Lottich then led to
Childress' 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game with 24
seconds to go.

"When you leave it to the last possession, it's always a coin
flip. They made the plays that they needed, especially those two
key steals at the end," said Arizona's Lute Olson, who was
coaching his 950th college game. "We just really messed it up."

Stanford and No. 3 Saint Joseph's, which moved to 20-0 Saturday
with an 89-63 win over La Salle, are the only undefeated teams left
in Div. I.

Stanford also began the 2000-01 season with 20 straight wins.
The Cardinal went 31-3 that year, eventually losing to Maryland in
the round of eight in the NCAA tournament.

Arizona has been ranked as high as fourth this season, but now
has lost three of its last four games -- all on the road. The
Wildcats began their long weekend in the San Francisco Bay area
with an 87-83 loss at California.

Stoudamire had 24 points for the Wildcats, including a long
3-pointer that gave Arizona the 77-73 lead with 58 seconds left.

Leading 44-35 at halftime, Stanford seemed to regain control
after Arizona had pulled within two points early in the second
half. Chris Hernandez, who led the Cardinal with 20 points, hit a
couple of long 3-pointers to short-circuit an Arizona run shortly
after halftime.

The Cardinal led 67-58 when Arizona found its shooting touch and
added some uncharacteristically tough defense, holding Stanford
scoreless for more than seven minutes.

Andre Iguodala had a 3-pointer and a dunk and then the 6-foot-11
Frye did the same in the 14-0 run that put Arizona in the lead in
the closing minutes.

When Robinson got the loose ball with seconds left, Stanford
coach Mike Montgomery was relieved his team appeared to be heading
to overtime.

"To be down by four that late and to come back, that's just
luck in that situation. I'm starting to think this group is
something special. It was an unbelievable game," Montgomery said.

"This is just another step in what's turning out to be a
doggone good season."