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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Stanford earned a split of its Pac-12 road visit to the state of Washington Saturday, as the Cardinal defeated Washington State 78-66 at Pullman.
Daejon Davis led the Cardinal (9-9 overall, 2-4 Pac-12) with 15 points and six assists. Oscar Da Silva added 12 points and five rebounds, and Josh Sharma contributed 11 points and eight rebounds.
WSU (8-10, 1-4) was led by CJ Elleby with 18 points and eight rebounds, with Ahmed Ali hitting 4-of-5 3-point field goal shooting, finishing with 14 points.
The Cardinal asserted themselves with a 3-minute, 13-2 first-half run that helped overcome an eight-point deficit and take a 19-16 lead. Marvin Cannon hit a 3-pointer, Jeff Pollard made a couple of inside layups, and from that point, the Cougars went scoreless over the next 3:09.
During that stretch, the Cardinal went on a 14-2 run. Though Washington State finished the first half with a 7-0 run, the Cardinal led 39-35 at halftime.
Though Stanford opened the second half with an 8-4 run, WSU answered with seven straight points in 32 seconds, closing the Cougars’ deficit to 47-46.
The Cardinal responded with three 3’s by Da Silva, Sheffield and Davis for a 9-2 run, giving Stanford a 58-46 lead at the 12-minute mark.
With 2:30 to play, the Cougars cut Stanford’s lead to 69-64 on a pair of Robert Franks free throws. But after WSU lost a possible defensive rebound out of bounds, a dunk by Willis sparked a 6-0 run over the final 55 seconds.
For Stanford, it was a much-needed conference win after being hammered by Washington on Thursday. The Cardinal return home on Thursday to host Utah. Game time set for 6:00 PM PST.