College Sports

Zags spoil Stanford's return to Top 25 ranks

STANFORD, Calif. - Jeremy Pargo saw opportunities and openings and took charge when Gonzaga needed someone to do just that.

Pargo scored 11 of his career-high 23 points in the second overtime and also had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, lifting the Zags to a thrilling 90-86 victory over No. 23 Stanford on Wednesday night.

"I just took what was open," Pargo said. "They were making everything for a while. We don't give up. At home in a great atmosphere like this, they're going to make good shots. We just stayed with it and fortunately the shots started falling down."

Derek Raivio added six of his 21 points during the second OT after missing a tough shot at the end of the first extra period to win it. Anthony Goods swished a long 3 from about 26 feet out with 14 seconds left in the initial OT to tie the game at 67 and extend the game.

The Zags won their third straight and sixth in seven, spoiling the Cardinal's return to the rankings. Goods tried to keep Stanford close, hitting three straight 3s late in the second overtime on the way to 16 points.

But Stanford missed too many key shots and free throws in the extra periods and had its three-game winning streak snapped only three nights after a 75-68 upset of No. 5 UCLA.

The Cardinal earned a spot in the poll for the first time since the 2005-06 preseason, and third-year coach Trent Johnson has a ranked team for the first time during his Stanford tenure. The Cardinal are in the regular-season poll for the first time since the team ended the 2003-04 season ranked No. 1.

"What a tough, tough loss," Johnson said. "It was a new situation for us coming off a huge win. We were all excited. We were ready and we were focused. The shots just didn't go down."

Josh Heytvelt hit a key 3-pointer in the first overtime and finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Gonzaga (16-7) and David Pendergraft added 14 points.

Brook Lopez scored 10 of his 20 points in the final 12:47 of regulation and also had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for Stanford. His twin 7-foot brother, Robin, added four blocks.

It was a tough non-conference matchup for the Cardinal - the second meeting in as many seasons for the schools - before they play at rival California on Saturday night. The Zags also won 80-76 on their home floor in Spokane, Wash., last season.

"It was a very, very difficult environment," Zags coach Mark Few said. "Stanford was playing better than anybody out West right now. To come in and get this done on the road says a lot about our team."

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