Stanford runs away from Washington State with ease, 69-56
Stanford jumps on WSU early, and never looks back
The Associated Press
PULLMAN — Anthony Brown scored a career-high 30 points and went 10 of 11 from the free-throw line to help Stanford beat Washington State 69-56 Saturday in Pac-12 men’s basketball action.
Chasson Randle scored 14 points and made 5 of 6 free throws late in the second half as Stanford (16-8, 7-5 Pac-12) rebounded from a defeat Wednesday against Washington.
Que Johnson scored 14 points and had a career-high eight rebounds for Washington State (9-16, 2-11).
Brown scored 11 of the first 14 Stanford points to help the Cardinal gain a 16-point first-half lead.
“My first shot was wide open. I hit it. My second shot was wide open. Once you hit two, the basket starts getting real big,” Brown said. “They just kept leaving me open and I took what they were giving me.”
Stanford jumped on Washington State from the opening tip and never trailed in the game. The Cardinal came out with a quick 14-3 lead.
Brown lit up the Cougars for 20 first-half points and came up a perfect 6 of 6 from the field and 4 of 4 from three-point range. The Cardinal shot 63 percent in the half.
“It was Anthony’s best game offensively of his career.” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “What won’t be shown is that he defended very well. He did a great job against (DaVonte) Lacy, one of the best players in our league.”
Lacy, who dropped a career-high 39 points in the overtime defeat against California on Thursday night, took only one shot in the first half and ended the night with 13, well below his 19.8 season average.
“They played aggressive on the screens and that is how we get D.J. (Shelton) and Lacy open. They denied the entry passes, and they were physical and we struggled to get open shots,” WSU coach Ken Bone said.
The Cougars were plagued once again by a series of scoring droughts. Johnson hit a three to cut the Cougars deficit to 19-14 at the 11:22 mark, but WSU then went six minutes without a basket. Stanford went on a 9-0 run to stretch the lead and end the half up 39-24.
Stanford started the second half just 1 of 10 from the field while Washington State cut the deficit to 49-44 at 9:17, but that would be as close as the Cougars would come.
“I think in the second half, they did a better of job of finding some shooters. They’re an excellent three-point shooting team, and they can get back in any game, we just managed to get to the line,” Dawkins said.
The Cardinal finished off WSU by going 9 of 12 from the line the final four minutes of the game.