Huskies Cruise To Victory Over Stanford

The Washington Huskies jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game and never looked back, defeating Stanford 91-68 in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, held Wednesday afternoon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Dejounte Murray led a balanced UW attack with 25 points. Marquese Chriss added 18, Andrew Andrews 14 and Malik Dime 11. 

"I stayed aggressive both games," Murray said. He also scored 25 in UW's 64-53 win over Stanford in Seattle February 20. "And coming into this game, every game, we try to come out and play together. And my team trusts in me. Like I said before, I just stayed aggressive, and I'm just glad I could help my team pull out the win."

Dorian Pickens scored 17, while Marcus Allen added 13 and Rosco Allen 12 for the Cardinal. 

Washington (18-13) entered the Pac-12 Tournament hoping boost its slim NCAA Tournament chances. The eighth-seeded Huskies got off to a strong start against Stanford, building a 17-point lead in the game's first six minutes.

“I thought our guys came out with tremendous focus today, just really dialed in offensively and defensively, and I thought it showed in our play," said Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. "Our guys played very unselfish basketball on the offensive and defensive end. It was just really good to see, with this early game for over half of our team playing their first time in the PAC-12 tournament, guys played in here today like we had done before. I thought Andrew (Andrews) did a great job of leading and we were able to come out on top. It’s tough for Stanford. They weren’t playing with their full compliment of players, but I thought our guys went out and did what we were supposed to do.”

Washington continued to pour it on after that opening burst, shooting 50 percent to earn a spot in Thursday's second round against top-seeded Oregon.

Andrew Andrews had 14 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Huskies.

Dorian Pickens had 17 points to lead the Cardinal, who were 3 of 21 (14 percent) from 3-point range.

The Huskies won the lone meeting during the regular season 64-53 behind Murray's 25-point night.

They turned the rematch in a rout quickly, scoring the game's first 10 points while racing out to a 20-3 lead.

Stanford (15-15) had three of its first five shots blocked and had five free throws until Michael Humphrey hit a layup for the Cardinal's first field goal 8:43 into the game.

Washington didn't let up from there.

The Huskies kept hounding the Cardinal into missed shots and even went to a press late in the half with the lead close to 20.

“We were all on the same page for most possessions, especially in the first half," Romar said when asked for the defensive keys. "When we switched the two guys knew exactly what the other was doing. We were timing. We were communicating. When we’re playing defensive the way we are capable of, you’ll see when that ball is passed five guys moving at once. The ball goes inside, you’ll see five guys moving at once. And we saw that a lot. Our guys were extremely alert on the defensive end. When we’re able to do that it makes for a pretty good defensive performance. At least that’s been the pattern I’ve seen with our team this year.”

Washington made 18 of 34 shots, including 7 of 13 from 3-point range. Murray had 13 points by halftime, Chriss 12 and the Huskies led 50-22.

“I thought it was pretty special that – I think Dejounte Murray scored 25 against Stanford last time," said Romar. "A lot of confidence today. But there were times where he had the ball, sucked everybody in, and passed it out looking for the open guy. Andrew (Andrews) scored 47 points in our last game and I didn’t think at all he came out and said “now I know how to get 47, I’m going to get 50 this time.” He just went out and played basketball. He ran the team. I think that’s a real sign of maturity and a credit to Andrew to come out and just do what he did. He set the table for us.”

The Cardinal went 7 for 24 from the field, missing all six of their 3-point attempts, and had 11 turnovers that led to 15 points for the Huskies.

Stanford started making a few more shots in the second half and the Huskies didn't have it quite as easy, but the game was too far out of reach to matter.

"In terms of lately, I thought we were as dialed in and as efficient as we’ve been," said Romar. "I thought it was a very good performance. I thought today we could have beaten a lot of teams playing that way.”

Next up? The No. 1 seed Oregon Ducks. The game will be played Thursday at 12:10 pm Pacific Time, and will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks. 

"Coming in league champions, great overall team," Andrews said of the Ducks. "They have multiple guys that can make plays for them. So I think for us it's going to be another test defensively, just making sure we're staying with our principles and relying on the last game knowing what we did right and knowing what we did wrong to come back and prepare for them tomorrow."

"When we played them the first time, I just felt like they were more aggressive than us," added Murray. Oregon beat Washington 86-73 in Eugene on February 28. "I mean, we played a good game. Some calls changed at the end and they got the momentum and went on a run, so they got the win. But we're just going to go with Coach's plan and the rest of the staff and go out and play as hard as we can and try to pull out the win."



Lorenzo Romar, Andrew Andrews, Dejounte Murray

Andrew Andrews

Malik Dime

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