Arizona State guard Calaen Robinson tries to steal the ball from Stanford forward Dwight Powell during the first half at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.
Arizona State guard Calaen Robinson tries to steal the ball from Stanford forward Dwight Powell during the first half at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. , Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow) ( Michael Chow )

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A steady barrage of Arizona State 3-pointers snapped Stanford's three-game winning streak and knocked the Cardinal out of a prime spot in the Pac-12 standings.

With just two weeks remaining until the conference tournament, Stanford had an opportunity to inch closer to a first-round bye, but the Cardinal fell 76-64 Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils hit on 10 of 19 attempts from beyond the arc. Arizona State answered every mini Stanford run with a big 3. Six players hit a 3 for Arizona State, and four Sun Devils hit a pair.

"That's what they do," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "They're a good 3-point-shooting team. They were back at home, and they feel comfortable here."

The Cardinal dropped to 9-6 in conference play and 18-9 overall. Stanford had been tied with Cal for third in the Pac-12 conference, but the Bay Area squads are now locked up with Arizona State (20-8, 9-6) and Colorado. Tiebreakers drop Stanford to fifth in the Pac-12 standings with three to play.

The Cardinal got off to a rough start Wednesday, turning the ball over the first three times down the court. The Sun Devils capitalized with two 3s and a layup, and Dawkins felt compelled to call a timeout less than 90 seconds into the game, with his team trailing 8-0.


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A wide-open 3-pointer by Arizona State junior Bo Barnes stretched the lead to nine as the midway point of the first half approached, but Stanford kept close thanks to Dwight Powell's aggressive play. The senior forward drove to the hoop for a three-point play and a few possessions later drained two free throws after collecting an offensive rebound on a long miss.

Anthony Brown's 3 cut the deficit to 17-13, but the Sun Devils responded with a 10-0 run over the next three and a half minutes. The Cardinal trailed by 15 late in the half before Chasson Randle closed the half with a layup and 3-pointer.

Stanford turned the ball over 10 times in the opening 20 minutes, assisting on just one basket. The Sun Devils had 11 first-half assists, the majority of them setting up wide-open looks from 3-point range. ASU made 7 of 11 3-point attempts before the break to take a 39-29 lead.

"Our defense just wasn't there tonight," Brown said. "They played harder than us for the first 20 minutes. We finally picked it up, but by that time it was too late."

When the Cardinal cut the deficit to nine early in the second half, Barnes and Jahii Carson knocked down 3s on back-to-back possessions, giving Arizona State a 51-35 lead with just under 14 minutes remaining. The Cardinal never got the deficit back to single digits.

Brown led Stanford with 21 points, and Randle added 17. Each of the Stanford starters had three turnovers. Carson led Arizona State with 26 points.

The Sun Devils improved to 15-1 at home this season, while the Cardinal fell to 4-4 on the road in Pac-12 play. Stanford returns to the desert on Sunday for a matchup with former Archbishop Mitty star Aaron Gordon and No. 3 Arizona. The Wildcats won the first meeting 60-57 on Jan. 29 at Stanford.

Sunday's game

Stanford (18-9, 9-6 Pac-12) at Arizona (26-2, 13-2), 5 p.m. ESPNU