Stanford Cardinal Saturday game wrap: Cardinal holds on to win second straight 76-69; Humphrey leads comeback with 18

January 15, 2017

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Stanford forward Michael Humphrey (10) dunks against Washington during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By Jeremy Harness

Just when it looked like it would be a struggle for the Stanford basketball team to win a single game in the Pac-12, it has suddenly found itself on a winning streak.

Two days after blowing out Washington State, Stanford used a brilliant first half and was able to hold on in the second half and stave off a feisty Washington team, 76-69, to win its second consecutive game inside of Maples Pavilion Saturday night. Stanford head coach Jerod Haase pointed out that Reid Travis playing only 12 minutes it set the tone of a struggling night in which the Cardinal who had a 21 point lead disappeared, “We were very poor offensively,” Haase said. He pointed out that his team didn’t have a single assist in the second half. “I think if we had scored some, that would have continued to energize our defense,” he said. “But it was really a total collapse. … There were times we didn’t get back in transition. Our overall energy dipped.”

Michael Humphrey, a junior forward who has stepped into his leading role quite nicely this season, led the Cardinal with 18 points while making seven of his 11 shots from the field. He also pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked three shots in the process. “I always need to play with that pissed-off edge,” Humphrey said. “I don’t know if I got hit or something like that. It’s finding something that motivates you.”

Marcus Allen, a senior guard whose career has been a bit of a disappointment thus far, chipped in with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Meanwhile, Robert Cartwright and Dorian Pickens each had 13 points apiece. Cartwright, however, struggled to shoot the ball on Saturday, making only five of his 14 shots, but he did hand out four assists.

Even better news is that Reid Travis is back in the fold after being injured recently. He made his return against Washington State on Thursday, and he played only 12 minutes on Saturday, scoring four points on 2-of-4 shooting to go along with three rebounds.

For Washington, Markelle Fultz led all scorers with 34 points on 12-of-23 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. David Crisp added 10 points for the Huskies, but no other player reached double figures.

The Cardinal are now 2-4 in Pac-12 play and currently sit in the ninth spot in the conference, ahead of Washington, Colorado and Oregon State, who they play on Thursday in Corvallis, Ore.

Following that contest, Stanford will then travel to Oregon to face the high-flying Ducks, who are currently 5-0 in conference play and 16-2 overall, on Saturday before heading to Berkeley to take on Cal (13-5, 4-2 Pac-12).

 

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