Quick Wash: Stanford bullies UW, 87-69, gets respite ahead of UCLA clash

By Morris Phillips

STANFORD, CA–Tight scheduling doesn’t normally equate to crisp gameplans and preparedness, but it did for Stanford on Sunday.

In the midst of a stretch of eight games in 17 days, the Cardinal looked completely focused on taking apart Washington, which they did in an 87-69 win at Maples Pavilion.

The wire-to-wire win started with a 15-2 burst, and reversed a dismal performance at Seattle on January 15 in which the Cardinal trailed the Huskies by 18 points at halftime.

In the rematch, Stanford’s size and unselfishness carried them offensively, and a savvy defensive plan shut down the visitors, especially early on when the game was decided.

“The gameplan was we’re going to impose our will on them,” James Keefe said. “And a lot of that involved blown up ball screens. Applying a lot of pressure to guys who are shooters but aren’t as comfortable dribbling the ball or playing on the ground.”

Washington came in with confidence, winners of seven of nine, and they saw that eroded by Stanford’s big guys busting through UW’s signature zone and creating high percentage scoring opportunities in the paint. Keefe was a beneficiary of that, contributing 17 points, five rebounds as was Jaden Delaire, who led Stanford with 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the floor.

Washington’s biggest push of the afternoon came early, a 14-2 response to Stanford’s initial run that brought them within 17-16, but Stanford answered with an 8-0 surge. The Cardinal weren’t threatened after that, and led 46-33 at the break.

Terrell Brown Jr., the Pac-12’s leading scorer, impressed with 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but he didn’t get much help. Reserve P.J. Fuller had 11 in 34 minutes off the bench, but he misfired on seven of his ten shots from the floor.

The Huskies’ starters not named Brown shot 5 for 22 combined, and that included two misses from Daejon Davis, the Stanford transfer, who departed five minutes in with an apparent shoulder injury.

The Cardinal get a visit from UCLA on Tuesday, in a rescheduled game that was postponed due to COVID issues. The Bruins’ fitness for that one will be closely watched after they fell in Tempe to Arizona State, 87-84 in three overtimes on Saturday night.

The Cardinal weren’t tested over the entire 40 minutes on Sunday afternoon, and 14 saw action, with none playing more than the 30 minutes afforded Michael O’Connell. That could provide an advantage on Tuesday, which Stanford will need. The first meeting between the clubs on January 29 in Los Angeles saw the Cardinal lose by 23 and shoot a season-worst 27 percent from the floor.

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