Barnes Bombs Away Again in Cardinal Win

For the second straight game, a stagnant Stanford offense was lifted by the courageous and clutch long-range shooting of senior Julius Barnes. He dropped in 29 Thursday night in a big win over a rising Washington team that gave the Card all they could handle. Read on for the full recap and box score of this non-televised battle.

Trailing at halftime and clinging to a two-point lead with 9:42 in the game, Stanford was in need of an offensive explosion to pull away from the pesky Huskies of Washington.  Just like in last Sunday's contest in Corvallis, it was the senior Julius Barnes that stepped up for the Cardinal, lighting up from three-point territory en route to a 29-point performance in Stanford's 78-69 win over U-Dub.  Barnes played extensively at the #1 as well as the #2 spot, switching to the shooting guard position when Jason Haas was substituted into the game.

In a game that was highlighted by runs, it was Stanford that took the early command.  The Cardinal had a 12-4 lead after just 4:23 of play following back-to-back three pointers from Julius Barnes and Nick Robinson.  After a field goal from Rob Little, Stanford capitalized twice off Washington turnovers.  Matt Lottich added a three-pointer and Little went 1-of-2 from the free throw line to give Stanford an 18-9 advantage.

The game appeared to be taking the form of a rout as Stanford took a 12-point lead at 28-16.  Barnes continued to score at a torrid pace.  Barnes hit a three-pointer, made a steal and took the ball in for a lay-up, and then added yet another trey to make the lead twelve with 8:27 left in the half.

After that, baskets would be fewer and further between for Stanford for the remainder of the half.  Coach Mike Montgomery attributed this dry spell to a change in defense from Washington, as they switched to a zone.  Montgomery stated, "They went to that zone, and we went stagnant for a while.  We would take one pass then a shot.  We were missing shots, and then hung our heads.  We had like a 10-point lead that evaporated to a three-point deficit at the half. We were hurting."

And the Cardinal were hurting as they would not score again for the next five minutes.  During those five minutes, the Huskies continued to chip away at the lead, slowly pulling within one at 28-27.  Stanford was finally able score again with 3:14 remaining when Lottich added a three-pointer.

The Huskies exploded in the final minute of the period, going on a 7-0 run behind the play of Nate Robinson.  Robinson, who promptly scored a two-pointer then a three-pointer, received a pass from Doug Wrenn off a steal within the closing seconds to complete the rally.  The visitors had seized a 38-35 lead at the break.

Stanford battled back at the start of the second half to reclaim the advantage, responding with a 7-2 rally in the opening 1:47.  The Huskies continued to loom close to the Stanford as the Cardinal were unable to get few points from outside of the paint.  With the exception of the exemplary play from Barnes, many of the jump shots were coming up short.  Montgomery attributed this to fatigue from the grueling road trip. "We looked a little tired to me. We were coming off a Sunday game, and two weeks on the road," explained Montgomery.

Fortunately for Stanford, the play of Julius Barnes, the points scored in the key, and a solid defense were enough to secure the victory.  "I thought we played better defense in the second half.  You always need someone to hit shots for you in a game, and Julius got hot.  He really gave us a lift.  We weren't scoring from many spots on the floor at that time," said Montgomery.

After the Huskies drew within two points at 56-54, Barnes picked up the pieces once again, scoring three consecutive 3-pointers as part of an 11-0 run.  The game was put on cruise control from then on, as Stanford went on to win, 78-69.

Barnes was simply scintillating once again, scoring 29 points in 39 minutes of work.  He shot 9-of-18 from the field and 6-of-12 from long range.  Jason Haas played 12 minutes at the point, contributing six assists while never turning the ball over.  With Haas coming off the bench to play point guard, Barnes was allowed to play his more natural position of shooting guard.  Montgomery commented on the chemistry the two had as he said: "Jason just moves the ball around.  He's not looking to score, just to pass it.  Julius wasn't passing the ball well in the first half, and with Haas in there, that changes were Julius moves.  That's something that worked and something we have to keep looking at."

Stanford resumes play on Saturday as they host Washington State.

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