Great Effort Comes Up Short In Emerald City

Men's Hoops Editor Ray Salloom provides the Bootleg faithful a brief look back at the key stats and facts after Stanford's tough 84-83 loss at Washington. Check out what went right for Stanford and what didn't versus the Huskies in a game that was a seesaw affair throughout the entire contest.

Stanford came into Seattle looking to go above the .500 mark in the Pac-10 Conference and was poised to pull off a mild shocker versus the Huskies with less than 15 seconds to go after Anthony Goods hit a jumper to put the Cardinal ahead. However, Washington's Jon Brockman got his team's 23rd offensive rebound of the game and put it back in the hoop with less than five seconds to play, helping lead Washington to an 84-83 win over the Stanford.

The Cardinal (11-2, 1-2) did have one more attempt and nearly pulled off the "Hail Mary" to grab the win on the road, but after Landry Fields grabbed Drew Shiller's three-quarters court pass, he couldn't keep his grip on the ball as it proceeded to dribble the ball off his hands and then his leg (replays, though, were still inconclusive), bouncing harmlessly out of bounds before Stanford could get a shot off that may have won the game. This sequence gave the Huskies (11-3, 2-0) the ball and the victory soon after. Stanford now heads back out on the road to face Washington State (0-2, 8-6), a 57-50 loser to California (14-2, 3-0) in Pullman at 7:00pm on Saturday.

In a game which featured neither team leading by more than eight, Stanford played the near perfect first half, but only was up by two, 49-47, after the first twenty minutes of play. The Cardinal shot 56% from the floor, 63% from behind the arc, and was 8-10 from the free throw line. Washington shot "only" 49% from the field in the first half, but outrebounded Stanford 19-17 with 11 of those being on the offensive end. Those rebounds led to 13 second chance points, keeping the Huskies close.

In the second half, Stanford continued shooting well from the field, eventually stretching the lead to 59-51 before Washington crawled back into the game, eventually taking the lead on a wide open Venoy Overton three-pointer with 9:33 left, giving the Huskies a 68-67 advantage. The lead would bounce back and forth over the next few minutes of play before Washington would take a two-possession lead, 80-76, with 3:21 left after a Justin Dentmon jumper. Stanford wouldn't see the higher side of the teeter-totter until Goods' jumper late in the game, but in the end, couldn't hold off the Huskies' rebounding advantage at bay when it needed it most.

Stanford finished the game shooting 49% from the field, 44% from beyond the arc, 56% inside the three-point line, and 15-20 at the free throw line. Washington would complete the game at 45% from the field, 22% from the three-point line, 48% inside the arc, and was 22-33 from the charity stripe. The rebounding advantage was heavily on Washington's side in the second half as they finished the game up 16 boards on Stanford, including 23 on the offensive end (just 21 on the defensive end). Stanford was also outscored in the paint 46-28 by a bigger Huskies team.

Individually, Stanford was led by Goods' 19 points on 6-18 shooting, 16 points by Lawrence Hill, Mitch Johnson's 12 (both Hill and Johnson had four fouls midway through the second half, forcing them to sit while the Huskies made their move), and Landry Fields' 11 points. Washington was led by Jon Brockman's impressive double-double, including 19 points (on just 8-21 shooting) and 18 rebounds, including an astounding 12 on the offensive side of the ledger. Freshman Isaiah Thomas had 18, Matt Bryan-Amaning had 17 off the bench, and former Lopez Twins teammate in Fresno, Quincy Pondexter, had 14 for the winners.

What can you say? Stanford played a very good game, but the inside presence needed to stop the Huskies wasn't there and the foul problems hurt the Cardinal when they could have been taking control of what turned out to be a winnable ball game. Stanford will again face a talented big man in the Cougars' Aron Baynes, but he may in fact be the least imposing of the centers the Cardinal have faced over the past couple of weeks when you compare him to Jeff Pendergraph, Jordan Hill, Jon Brockman, and John Bryant. The Cougars are also not the same team as they were last year and are in danger of being 0-3 (all games at home) in league play if they lose this contest. The Cardinal need to win this game to get back to .500 in the Pac-10 before heading home to face Mike Montgomery's surprising California team at Maples on Saturday, January 17th.


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