Cardinal take it to the line in victory

Chris Hernandez used a foul by Washington freshman guard Justin Dentmon to make three foul shots to force overtime, and then helped guide Stanford to a 76-67 win Sunday at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. The Cardinal used a sharp-shooting stroke to outscore the Huskies by 14 from the free-throw line, and sealed the win by outscoring No. 10 Washington 13-4 in the extra frame.

The Cardinal (10-7, 6-3 Pac-10) won their third straight to extend their home winning streak to eight games, while it was the first time a Lorenzo Romar-coached Washington (16-4, 5-4) team has lost two regular-season contests in a row since January of 2004. The Huskies lost to California by two on Thursday. It's also now been 13 years since Washington last won at Maples.

A 25-point effort by Brandon Roy went wanting after Hernandez cooly sunk three straight free throws with .2 left on the regulation clock. It was Roy that had given Washington a 63-60 advantage after sinking two free throws of his own with 2.1 seconds.

Roy almost let the game slip away from him when Stanford freshman Mitch Johnson - son of former Seattle Sonic John Johnson, stole the ball off of a Roy drive. But in a bit of a karmic bounce-back, Roy stole the ball back from Johnson on his own drive to the paint.

Once the extra session ensued, it was all Cardinal. They used the swing in energy and momentum to their advantage, hitting 7 of 8 free throws on four-straight possessions, while the Huskies went cold. Bobby Jones in particular, who only made one basket out of 11 attempts on the day and finished the night with 4 points. The senior from Southern California only tallied 12 points during Washington's Bay Area swing, half of what he would normally contribute. They did get 15 points from Jamaal Williams and 11 from freshman forward Jon Brockman, who also had 8 rebounds.

Overall, Washington shot 37 percent from the field - their second-lowest total of the conference season - and 12 percent from three-point range - their lowest total of the season and only the second time this year they have shot under 20 percent from long-distance.

The Cardinal, who didn't get off to the cleanest start, used senior center Matt Haryasz to stay close. The Huskies never really had an answer for Haryasz, who led Stanford with 24 points, even though the Huskies kept him from making a field goal for the final 11:36 of regulation. But he did finish 8-13 from the line, but was 7-8 during the first 40 minutes of play.

Washington had their biggest advantage at 40-32 after Ryan Appleby's only three-point shot of the night at the 16:14 mark of the second half. But a Dan Grunfeld layin-and-one gave the Cardinal a 56-54 lead with under five minutes to play. From there it was a see-saw battle. Williams scored a couple of baskets against Haryasz, while Stanford made their final eight points of the game from the line. The Huskies out-fouled the Cardinal 27-17, and Stanford made them pay every time they hit the line.

Statistics:
Points: Roy 25, Williams 15, Brockman 11, Jones 4, Dentmon 4, Appleby 4, Jensen 4
Rebounds: Brockman 8, TEAM 8, Jones 6, Williams 5, Dentmon 5, Appleby 4, Jensen 3, Roy 1, Smith 1, Gasser 1
Assists: Jones 3, Appleby 2, Williams 1, Brockman 1, Jensen 1
Steals: Williams 3, Jones 3, Jensen 2, Brockman 1, Roy 1
Blocks: Smith 1

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