Stanford Cardinal Thursday game wrap: Stanford snaps four game Pac 12 loss streak in 30 pt victory over WSU 84-54

January 13, 2017

NCAA, Stanford Cardinal

gostanford.com photo: The Stanford Cardinal Robert Cartwright (20) drives on Washington State Cougars Viont’e Daniels (4) on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto

By London Marq

PALO ALTO–The Cardinal (9-8, 1-4) return to Maples Pavilion after a disappointing four game losing streak to start conference play. Sitting squarely at 8-8 entering play, they look to get back in the win column and remain above five hundred as the host of the Washington State Cougars who drop to 9-7.

In the first half. Stanford jumped out early with efficiency on offense and smothering defense. The Cardinal scored seven unanswered points before the Cougars scored a single basket. Point guard Robert Cartwright emerged from the tunnel on giving Stanford a dominating spark as he shot 7-8 from the floor, including four long balls. The team defense for Stanford was more than satisfactory. They had four steals and scored 13 points off of turnovers. The half ended with The Cardinal on top 48-23.

As the late, great Pat Summit once said: You can’t win a game in the first half, but you can lose one. That was the case in this matchup as the 25 point half time deficit was too much for Washington State. They fell in the end by 30 points after being out rebounded by 18 and shooting 32% from the floor. It was mind over matter for the Cardinal Robert Cartwright leading the team in scoring for the second consecutive game getting 21 points over WSU  “Our defense held them to very few points early in the game,” Cartwright said. “We wanted to protect our home court better than we did last time.

The Cardinal Dorian Pickens helped out with some offense scoring 18 points and Reid Travis returned for the first time since missing two games scoring 17 points. Stanford avoided a five game losing streak which would have been their fifth straight something the Cardinal have not done since 1993. Cardinal head coach Jerod Haase was pleasantly surprised by the high score gap but not by the positive progress of the Cardinal “I was surprised by the score,” Haase said “But I’m not surprised we’re making progress. We played well. I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Stanford walked away with their first conference win in five games, and progress to 9-8 in the standings.

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