The Huskies had a chance to tie in the final seconds after Taj Finger's second free throw fell short, making it 78-75, but Phil Nelson's three-point leaner fell short. Jon Brockman laid in the rebound, but with only 0.2 second remaining on the clock. Stanford's final inbounds pass sealed the Cardinal win.
The loss was the 14th in a row for the Huskies at Maples Pavilion, and
dropped the suddenly reeling team from the Northwest to 1-4 in the
Brockman led all scorers with 23 points, but that only told half the story.
The burly sophomore added 10 rebounds and led the Huskies tremendous effort
on the glass all night. Washington (11-5) outrebounded Stanford by a 39-30
The Cardinal made up for it with timely free throws in the final minutes,
improving to 10-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
Sophomore guard Anthony Goods led the Cardinal with 19 points. Lawrence Hill
chipped in 18, while Robin Lopez and Brook Lopez added 17 and 12
The Lopez twins also accounted for seven blocked shots, and will undoubtedly
be a force to be reckoned with for years to come in the Pac-10.
The Huskies held a 71-66 lead with possession when coach Lorenzo Romar
called timeout with 5:03 remaining. Coming out of the break in action, the
Huskies came out with a well executed play, getting the ball to a wide open
Brockman streaking to the rim. But Brockman's dunk attempt was blocked, and
no foul was called. That kept the UW lead at five, and seemed to shift
momentum to the home team.
Stanford answered with back-to-back baskets to draw within one, and the game
stayed close the rest of the way.
With Washington down one and 1:36 remaining, Spencer Hawes stepped to the
free throw line for two shots looking to be the hero after a disappointing
night. The struggles continued for Hawes, however, as both shots glanced off
the back iron. Hawes finished the night 3-12 from the field with six points
and eight boards.
But after a defensive stop, UW looked to be in control, taking the lead on a
driving layin from Justin Dentmon, who was fouled on the play and connected
on the free throw to make it a 74-72 game.
On the Cardinal's next possession, the Huskies forced another missed shot,
but after Hawes yanked down the rebound the ball was ripped out of his
hands, leading to a layin and foul by Hill. Hill sunk the free throw, again
giving Stanford the lead. A free throw by Quincy Pondexter tied the score
again with 29.6 seconds left, but an inexplicable foul on Ryan Appleby on
the ensuing inbounds pass put the cool-shooting Goods to the free throw line
for two shots.
He nailed them both.
UW called timeout, but turned the ball over on an errant pass in the lane by
Nelson. They were forced to foul, sending Finger to the line.
The Huskies trailed at half 38-36, thanks in large part to 13 points and
three 3-pointers from Goods and eight from Hill. UW was led at half by
Up and Comers: Heading into Thursday, Washington's underclassmen
accounted for 80 percent of the Huskies scoring, 87 percent of their rebounds
and 77 percent of the team's minutes.
Next Up: The Huskies head across the bay to face Cal on Saturday.
Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
Points: Brockman 23, Dentmon 15, Oliver 10, Pondexter 9, Nelson 7,
Hawes 6, Appleby 5, Wallace 2
Rebounds: Brockman 10, Hawes 8, Dentmon 5, Oliver 4, Pondexter 3,
Appleby 2, Nelson 2, Wallace 2
Assists: Hawes 3, Oliver 3, Appleby 2, Brockman 1, Dentmon 1
Steals: Oliver 3, Hawes 1, Appleby 1, Dentmon 1, Wallace 1
Blocks: Hawes 1
Turnovers: Brockman 3, Hawes 3, Dentmon 3, Oliver 2, Nelson 1,
Appleby 1, Wallace 1
Huskies lose nailbiter
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