We have a close first half that picked up it's pace over the last few minutes. Washington is hanging in their by dominating on the offensive boards despite the fact they are only shooting 48% to Stanford's sizzling 60% from the field. Stanford holds a 38-36 lead at the half. Washington's key going into the second half is to play better defense and cool Stanford who is led by Anthony Good's 13 points. Goods came out and lit UW up bu hitting his first five shots. Washington is led by Brockman who has 10. Hawes doesn't often face someone his own size and so far, Robin Lopez is getting the better of him this evening. UW needs to find a way to turn Hawes around. This is a winnable game and UW needs to find a way to win it.
Stanford started the half out hot, but Washington led by Brockman's inside game, and Oliver's hot shooting have taken a 60-55 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. Huskies are still clinging to a 4 point lead with 8:33 left 66-62. Brockman is playing like a man possessed tonigh and has 21 for the game so far. This one is going to be a barn burner over the last five minutes. The Huskies have 22 points from the bench so far tonight. Spencer just drew two quick fouls, and is going to have to sit for a bit with 4 with five minutes left in the game.
2:45 to go and UW leads 71-70, Stanford has been upping the pressure in the last minute and UW has been turning it over and not rotating the ball around the perimeter. Romar has called a timeout to calm his team down, and keep the wheels on. By the way Washington has lost 13 straight at Maples, tough place to get a win.
2:30 left and Stanford has taken the lead 72-71. Hawes is fouled qith 1:35 left and heads to the line and bricks both of them, an ugly stretch for the Dawgs. Dentmon goes coast to coast, is fouled, and hits the FT to put UW ahead 74-72 with 1:15 left. Stanford scores a two to score, Hawes is called for the foul, and leaves the game. Stanford takes a 75-74 lead. Tough play, UW had the rebound, but Brockman was stripped and the scramble ensued.
37.2 seconds left in the game and Washington has the ball. Pondexter drives and draws a foul with 29.6 left. He hits one and it is 75-75. Appleby fouls immediately for no apparent reason, and Stanford goes to the line, dumb play. Stanford converts, and leads 77-75 with 24.2 seconds left. UW throws the ball away and Stanford wins 78-77.
Tough loss and you can chalk it up to getting sloppy on the outside. Great game, tough loss, and now the Huskies are in 1-4 hole that is going to be really tough to climb out of.
Spencer Hawes was dominated tonight, the frosh still has some lessons to learn.
Other Pac Ten Action
Arizona forward Marcus Williams shrugged off his contribution after scoring a career-high 27 points in the 10th-ranked Wildcats' 83-72 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.
Aaron Brooks finished with 16 for the Duck's who topped ASU 60-55.
WSU easily handled California 73-56. Kyle Weaver had 14 points, a career-high 10 assists and six rebounds, and No. 22 Washington State won playing as a ranked team for the first time in nearly 24 years, beating California 73-56 on Thursday night.
Coming up this weekend
Arizona and Oregon face off in the league's premier game of the week.
UCLA takes on USC at their new home arena. This should be their first sellout.
The formerly ranked Huskies take on California.
Ranked WSU takes on Stanford
Arizona State battles Oregon St in a battle of the basement.