After entering Wednesday night’s road game against the Washington Huskies as a small favorite, the Stanford Cardinal sprinted to a 7-point halftime lead. However, things didn’t go smoothly from there, and the Cardinal gave away that advantage and fell on their face with a 64-60 road defeat.
The offensive end betrayed Stanford for the entirety of the second half, as they only scored 26 points over the final 20 minutes. On the whole, the Cardinal shot just 41% from the field and 20% from the 3-point line, and while the road venue certainly contributes to that, it was simply not enough to overcome a game Washington team.
On the Huskies side, the backcourt carried the day. Nigel Williams-Goss helped to lead the way for Washington with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, while his perimeter mate C.J. Wilcox added 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. It wasn’t a flawless offensive effort from the home team (46% shooting overall), but they consistently quelled Stanford’s mini-runs with big-time shot making and that was encouraging for the previously struggling Huskies.
One road loss won’t doom Stanford’s quest for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament (ESPN projected them as a #9 seed prior to this game), but in the case of Washington, they are now 6-6 in Pac-12 play, and in that big-time league, an above-.500 record goes a long way.