2014 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament first round: Stanford ousts Washington State
LAS VEGAS – Anything Washington State could do, Stanford could do better on Wednesday night in the Cardinal’s 74-63 Pac-12 Tournament first-round win over the Cougs at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Seemingly every time a Washington State player made an energizing play, a Stanford player followed up with his own electrifying moment.
“Washington State came ready to play, ready to compete,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said after the game. “It’s a big win for us.”
A D.J. Shelton putback slam brought Cougars fans to their feet with 27 seconds left in the first half, tacking on a free throw to bring WSU within four. But Stanford’s Chasson Randle did not let the moment linger, draining a three to send Stanford into the locker room at the break with a 35-28 lead. The air was visibly sucked out of Washington State’s collective lungs.
It was more of the same in the second period, including an athletic, twisting layup by Royce Woolridge to cut Stanford’s lead to one in the first four minutes. So, naturally, Dwight Powell answered with a trey.
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“(With Stanford) up seven at the half, the way (Washington State) came out and played inspired, I think it made my guys really focus,” Dawkins said.
WSU fans got back on their feet with 11 minutes left in the contest as Woolridge rebounded his own shot attempt, brought it back to the basket and laid it in, turning it into a three-point play with the foul shot to give WSU a 50-47 lead – its second of the game. Yet again, Dwight Powell nailed a three to tie it up and stop the momentum.
The Cardinal took control from that point on, going on a 13-4 scoring run over a five-minute stretch to put the game out of reach.
Chasson Randle paced Stanford with 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and went 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. Dwight Powell contributed 16 points, 12 of them coming in the second half.
Washington State’s DaVonte Lacy, who reached 1,000 career points with his first bucket of the night, led the Cougs in scoring with 25 points as D.J. Shelton put up 15 points and 11 rebounds to register his 13th double-double of the season.
Stanford next takes on No. 3 seed Arizona State in the quarterfinals Thursday at 8:30 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1. The two teams split the series in the regular season, each team winning its home contest.
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