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Aaron Bright helps Stanford to 78-67 victory over Washington State

Aaron Bright needed a game like this. He's been struggling all season to find his shot. It all came back at once. Bright, the Bellevue High...

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STANFORD, Calif. — Aaron Bright needed a game like this. He's been struggling all season to find his shot. It all came back at once.

Bright, the Bellevue High product, scored a season-high 21 points, Dwight Powell had 16 and 11 rebounds and Stanford earned its first Pac-12 Conference victory, beating Washington State 78-67 Wednesday night.

"It's starting to come around," Bright said. "My ankle is getting better and we just focused on running a lot of motion and pushing the ball."

Chasson Randle scored 16 for the Cardinal (10-6, 1-2 Pac-12), which ended a two-game slide.

"It was good to see the ball go in," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "You could see it coming. He's had good practices and he's been productive."

Bright reached double figures for just the fourth time. He missed four games with a sprained ankle.

"Aaron always brings it in practice," said Powell, who had four blocked shots. "I'm not surprised by what he did."

Brock Motum matched his season-high with 29 points, scoring 21 in the second half, to lead the Cougars (9-6, 0-2), who had won seven of their last nine. Mike Ladd had 15 points and Royce Woolridge had 10.

"They made the shots and free throws at the end when it counted," Motum said. "They just did everything textbook — they hit all their free throws and the rebounds went to them."

D.J. Shelton made consecutive three-pointers to tie the score at 37 with just under 13 minutes remaining. The lead changed hands six times afterward.

The Cougars led by five with 7:10 remaining to play. Josh Huestis made a three-pointer 18 seconds later, sparking a 20-4 run to put the Cardinal in control.


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