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Stanford Basketball Loses 74-64 to Arizona State

Stanford's fight proved a no-show in Tempe. Here are the grisly details.















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Stanford has been a team all season long who struggled to shoot, but who took care of the ball and rebounded well.   A sweep of the L.A. schools at Maples Pavilion gave the Cardinal legitimate motivation to perform in the desert, and instead Stanford displayed a cataclysmic loss of identity.

                An undersized Arizona State team spent the first half turning the Cardinal over seemingly at will, and then the second half bullying Stanford players all over the court, but especially on the boards.  Arizona State finished with the absurd offensive rebounding percentage you see above, and turned that aggression into a 16 to 0 advantage on second chance points.  Add that to a whopping 25 points off Cardinal turnovers, and you have Stanford’s worst effort in conference play this season.

                The 74-64 loss was not the worse game by margin, but the truth is Stanford was down by as many as 21 with 13:11 to go in the game.  That’s when the Cardinal shooting kicked in for a last desperate run that included three-pointers from Michael Humphrey, Dorian Pickens, and Rosco Allen.  All that longballl lipstick narrowed the final margin, but could not veil the pig of a performance that many Cardinal fans hoped the team had put behind them.

                Dorian Pickens stood up on behalf of the team and owned the loss, crediting Arizona State for getting after it and beating the Cardinal on the boards.  For his part, Pickens played well back in his hometown, with 19 points on 7-14 FG shooting as wells three rebounds and three assists.  Unfortunately, Humphrey and Rosco Allen did most of their damage after Stanford was dead and buried.  They combined for 29 points, but started the game 3-11 from the field.

                For the Sun Devils, Eric Jacobsen bullied Stanford all night, grabbing four offensive rebounds on his way to 13 points on 5-6 shooting.  One might expect a tough time on the boards battling the 6’10” Jacobsen, but Savon Goodman also pulled down four offensive rebounds as well.  Ultimately, Stanford ended up outshooting the Sun Devils, but the turnovers and offensive glass would be the poison for which Stanford had no antidote.

                This team has battled all season long, and rarely has pure effort been a part of its struggles.  That’s why it was so disconcerting to watch the Cardinal sleepwalk through the desert in a zombie-like march.  Pickens dismissed the notion that Christian Sanders’ untimely suspension was a primary cause for the Cardinal’s decline, but for whatever reason, Stanford simply pulled a no-show.

                That no-show likely leaves the Cardinal’s faint hopes of earning an NCAA berth D.O.A., unless they win the Pac-12 Tournament, which will require four wins in four days.  Stanford heads to Tucson first, where Coach Dawkins is winless and the Wildcats are coming off a spirited rally to beat Cal.  Stanford will hopefully be smarting and salty from their night in Tempe, because their season has now been reduced to one last game and then hoping, like all players against the wall, for a hot streak in Vegas.


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