TUCSON, Ariz. -- Stanford found out quickly Sunday why Arizona has been unbeatable this season at McKale Center.
The No. 3 Wildcats scored the first points of the game and cruised to a 79-66 victory to complete an 18-0 home season and clinch the Pac-12 regular season championship.
Sunday's result was in stark contrast to the teams' first meeting, when Arizona escaped with a 60-57 win in January at Maples Pavilion.
"They're playing very well right now," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said of the Wildcats. "They're playing at a very high level. They're playing with a lot of confidence."
Freshman Aaron Gordon, playing in what likely was his last home game for Arizona, scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. Gordon, a former Archbishop Mitty-San Jose star, is expected to declare for the NBA draft after this season.
"It feels good," Gordon said of the Pac-12 title, "but it's not the final stop on our destination."
Stanford (18-10, 9-7) trailed 41-28 at halftime and shot just 36 percent (9 for 25) from the field in the game's first 20 minutes. The Wildcats (27-2, 14-2) used a 25-11 run in the second half to increase their lead to 25 at 68-43. The Cardinal chipped away at the lead the last nine minutes but never got it to single digits.
"They have experienced players out there with (T.J.) McConnell and (Nick) Johnson, who have been through a lot and know how to play with a lead," Dawkins said. "They're poised, they don't rush, they get good shots, and they've been an outstanding defensive team all year."
McConnell scored 14 points, Gabe York 12, Johnson 11 and Kaleb Tarczewski 10 for Arizona. Josh Huestis had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Stanford. Anthony Brown added 14 points, and Chasson Randle and Dwight Powell had 12 apiece for the Cardinal.
The loss was the second straight double-digit loss for Stanford after having won three in a row, including a nine-point win over UCLA on Feb. 22.
"We came off a good game against UCLA, but we came down to Arizona and struggled," Huestis said. "I have no doubt that when we go home and get back in the gym, we will find a way to get back on track."
Dawkins said Huestis "did a great job rebounding and scoring for us. I was really proud of his effort."
Huestis was the only Cardinal to have success around the rim. Powell and Stefan Nastic combined to go 4 for 20 from the floor. Nastic played just 13 minutes before fouling out. All total, Arizona outrebounded Stanford 40-31.
"Our guys tried to make plays defensively," Dawkins said. "Those guys are just really quick. They beat us to 50-50 balls. They hurt us with offensive rebounds. They're a big, physical team."
After the game, the Wildcats were presented the Pac-12 championship trophy and cut down the net. When Gordon got his turn, the crowd chanted "three more years!" With Johnson, a junior, it was "one more year!"
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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