Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament Post-Game Notes: #6 STAN 74, #11 WSU 63
The win for Stanford gives Johnny Dawkins his third 20-win season in six years as the head coach of the Cardinal, and his second in the last three years.
Stanford had five players score in double figures, led by Chasson Randle (22), Dwight Powell (16). Josh Huestis and Anthony Brown added 12, while Stefan Nastic had 10. It was the first time the Cardinal had five players in double figures since Jan. 26.
Cougar senior forward D.J. Shelton scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for this year’s tournaments first double-double. It is his third consecutive double-double and 13th of the season. The 11 rebounds gave Shelton 297 on the season, third best in a single season in Washington State history.
Washington State junior DaVonté Lacy improved on his team-leading scoring average, scoring 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-10 from three-point range and 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
Cougar sophomore guard Dexter Kernich-Drew scored 11 points, his most since Jan. 8, and his second consecutive game in double digits.
Washington State went without a block for the first time this season. The Cougars previous low was 1, accomplished three times, most recently against Arizona on Jan. 2.
Stanford shot the highest shooting percentage allowed by Washington State all year at 58.5%, besting their own performance on Jan. 15 (57.7%).
Washington State trailed by seven at halftime but used a 9-2 run in the middle of the second half to make it 50-47 and take their first lead since it was 14-12. Stanford responded with a 5-0 run of their own to take the lead for good at 52-50.
Washington State entered the tournament as an 11-seed for the second consecutive year. They have never won more than one game in the Pac-12 Tournament.
Stanford scored more than 70 points for the 19th time this season, improving to 17-2 when doing so.
Stanford stayed perfect in Pac-12 Tournament play against Washington State, moving to 4-0 overall. Stanford owns the overall series 72-59 and has won the last four overall.
The Cardinal swept the season series, beating the Cougars 80-48 in Palo Alto and 69-56 in Pullman. The 48-points allowed by Stanford in the first meeting was the fewest points they allowed all year
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