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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.