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Arizona Wildcats beat Stanford Cardinal 94-62 on a historic senior day

Historic senior day in McKale Center

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Stanford Cardinal traveled to McKale Center for senior day where five Wildcats played their last game at home. Coming into the game Sean Miller had never lost to Stanford since he started his tenure at Arizona and that did not change, as the emotional Wildcats never trailed and gave a historic performance in a 94-62 victory.

The game started the same way as the last game ended, with a Gabe York three. He went into half only missing one three-pointer and had 13 points. In the second half he seemed to make every three he looked at and ended up tying the school record (9) for threes made in a game, held by Salim Stoudamire against Oregon State in 2005.

On senior day it made sense that the seniors had a huge impact on this game. The five seniors scored Arizona's first 14 points of the game, 33 of Arizona's first half 40 and 71 of Arizona's 94 total points.

With this win, Kaleb Tarczewski tied the record for most amount of wins in Arizona history with 109. During his Arizona career, he has appeared in 132 games, which gives him an impressive .825 winning percentage. He added 13 points with arguably the most emphatic play of the game which was a put-back dunk that rocked McKale.

Although Ryan Anderson only played one year at Arizona, he quickly won over the home fans with his hustle and toughness and senior day was no different, as he added his 16th double-double of the season.

As the game wound down, Arizona needed one three to tie the record for most threes made in a game in school history and that was when walk-on Jacob Hazzard helped make history. He made the three that tied the record at 16 and made the last one of the game to officially set the record at 18. Freshman Justin Simon was the one responsible for sinking the record-breaker.


Going back to Gabe York, he was highly scrutinized from many Wildcat fans and if he deserved it or not doesn't matter, what does matter is how he ended his career in McKale. In his last three halves of basketball in McKale he had 51 points and made 12 threes, including a game-winner against Cal. In his last game he had a career-high of nine threes made, and a career-high 32 points.

What this win means for Arizona is that they have locked up a top-four seed for the Pac-12 tournament next week and a first round bye. Going into Saturday, Arizona was a 4-seed, and to move up to the 3-seed, Arizona State needs to beat Cal. No matter what seed Arizona gets in the tournament, Arizona fans have to feel pretty good after watching Arizona dominate like they did today.

I think I speak for all the Arizona Wildcat fans around the globe when I say this to the seniors -- no matter if you've spent a season or four seasons in Tucson, thank you for all that you've done for us and you will always be a Wildcat.