Stanford Scores Triples in Clobbering of Puppies

Just when you thought Stanford basketball was hitting the skids, they come home and beat the living tar out of the Washington schools. YCF has the recap on the 45-point pounding of the Puppie, which included five Cardinal players in double digits.

Things are precarious right now in the Pac-10.  Earlier today, UCLA (one week after its defeat over formely number one Kansas) was leading by 22 over Arizona.  However, Arizona then went on a 25-2 run and eventually went on to win the game.

While the two Washington schools are most likely the two weakest teams in the Pac-10, it is still quite pleasing to get a sweep over ANYONE right now.  After cruising past WSU on Thursday 83-50, Stanford decimated Washington 105-60.  Just like against the hapless Cougars, there's not too much to be learned about this Cardinal team because of the poor quality of this Washington squad (7-11, 1-7).  Just mark this game on the left of your win-loss column.

The last time U-Dub had defeated Stanford was in 1997 at the old Hec Edmundson facility.  While the Husky football team has had it's way against the Cardinal, it has been the complete opposite for the basketball squad.  Stanford has now beat Washington nine games in a row and coach Bob Bender remains a dismal 0-9 at Maples in his career.

Stanford did not get off to as good of a start as they did on Thursday.  Washington actually had a brief lead at 10-8 early in the game, but it went away as soon as it came when Julius Barnes responded with a three pointer.  Buoyed by Curtis Borchardt's 13 points in the opening 8:15, Stanford was able to pull out to a 17 point lead in the closing seconds of the half.  With time running out, Tony Giovacchini hit a buzzer-beating 28 foot shot as time expired (which would be his only points of the game) to stretch the advantage to 20 at 49-29.

The Cardinal did not miss a beat at the start of the second half, opening with a 27-7 run.  Coach Mike Montgomery soon took out his starters and let the other players gain some valuable playing time.  Among them were Joe Kirchofer (11 minutes), Matt Lottich (10 minutes), Nick Robinson (6 minutes), and Tyler Besecker (4 minutes).  Stanford eventually went on to win 105-60.

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