He Was A Giant? The Duke of Flatbush a Giant? Pure blasphemy!

Former San Francisco Giant Duke Snider who played for San Francisco for just one season 1964 (San Francisco Giants archives file photo)

HE WAS A GIANT?

Duke Snider – OF – 1964 – #28

By Tony the Tiger Hayes

The Duke of Flatbush a Giant? Pure blasphemy

To old school New Yorkers, the thought of a legendary Brooklyn Dodger – decked out in Orange & Black is about as incongruous as putting ketchup on a hot dog or passing up an opportunity to jay-walk.

But it happened in 1964, when Duke Snider, the iconic 1950s Dodger, turned up in Giants colors in the curtain closing campaign of a spectacular Hall of Fame career.

As a Giant, the 38-year-old Snider had clearly slowed as he ambled about the dugout resembling a wizened coach. He had an fluctuating waistline and steel gray sideburns that contrasted vividly against the midnight black of a Giants cap.

Frankly, Snider’s on-field performance did not belie his appearance. With his CF days behind him, Snider made just 34 starts for SF – his position divided between LF and RF. In 91 games, Snider batted . 210, 4 home runs, 17 RBIs – all career lows.

But there was no denying the prestige Snider added to a Giants club already teeming with all-time greats.

That ‘64 San Francisco club featured no less than six future Hall of Fame players: Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and the Duke.

Throw in World Series Perfect Game pitcher Don Larsen, former Rookies of the Year Harvey Kuenn and Jack Sanford, two out of three Alou brothers (Matty and Jesus) and the first Japanese-born big leaguer : Masanori Murakami, and the Giants were box office gold.

In a tightly packed National League, the ‘64 Giants would finish in fourth place with a fantastic 90-72 record, three games behind the World Champion St.Louis Cardinals.

Though his final numbers we’re pedestrian, Duke, née Edwin Donald, had his most notable moment as a Giant early in the season against the Dodgers.

Why Was He A Giant?

In 1963, after 16 seasons a Dodger, Snider was dealt to the woeful expansion New York Mets.

Snider had seen his playing time dwindle with Los Angeles, and he had openly questioned manager Walter Alston’s strategy in the Dodgers 1962 playoff series loss to the Giants.

On one hand Snider wanted to see how much he had left in the tank. But Duke’s feelings were still hurt by the trade.

Despite helping the Dodgers to their first west coast World Series title in 1959, Snider was not the same ball player in Los Angels as he had been in Brooklyn. His knees were achy and the Dodgers had young talent brimming in the minor leagues. As his time in Los Angeles winded down, Snider found himself losing playing time to the likes of Tommy Davis, Willie Davis and Ron Fairly – all bonafide big league talents.

So the the Big Apple beckoned and the slugger – who once belted 40 or more HRs in five consecutive seasons with Brooklyn- was returning to a city that truly adorned him.

Though the transaction was essentially a public relations move, Snider was still a decent hitter. He would give the Mets a much needed established star after the club went a dreadful 40-120 in their first year of existence.

But Snider’s return to New York was bittersweet.

Though appreciative of the overwhelming fan support, the Mets inadequacies gnawned at the prideful athlete who had never played on a losing ball club with Brooklyn.

Duke was the Mets All-Star Game representative in 1963, but the infamously bumbling club was only marginally better than their maiden season – losing an embarrassing 111 games.

Snider was determined not to end his storied career as a member of the slap-stick comedy routine called the “Amazins.”

“This can drive you out of your mind,” said Snider the following spring when he still found himself on the Mets roster. “You go crazy on a team like this.”

For the sake of his own sanity, Snider practically begged to be traded. He got his wish when his contract was sold to San Francisco.

“Just the opportunity to play for a contender makes me feel younger. I can play two or three more years. It means a lot more when you go up to the plate for something more than individual achievement,” he said.

Before & After

The Golden Age of New York baseball in the 1950s, the game was dictated from center field.

The best player from each NY club during that glamorous era roamed CF. Yankee Stadium had Mickey Mantle, the Polo Grounds’ vast emerald acreage was the playground of Willie Mays and Ebbets Field’s lawn was the domain of Snider’s.

Career-wise; Snider clearly ranks third of the trio. But during a four -year stretch from 1953-56, they were practically equals. Over that period, Snider averaged .320, 42 HR and 124 RBI.

The Duke led Dodgers won the pennant five times and one World Series once during his five borough tenure from (1948-57). During that time frame the Giants captured the pennant twice – winning the World Championship in 1954 – and each season, the Dodgers came in second.

The blood rivals had countless battles in which Snider cemented his legendary pedigree.

When the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, Snider was going home, having been born and raised in Southern California.

Snider became the first batter to reach base in the first big league game ever played in California, when he walked in the first inning vs. the Giants at SF’s Seals Stadium (4/15/58).

Though he was one of several Brooklyn stars to make the journey west, Snider was 34 and his numbers declined in California.

In his final at bat in the majors, Snider singled as a Giants pinch hitter off the Cubs Lindy McDaniel in a 10-7 home loss (10/3/64).

He was released after the season and soon announced his retirement.

Snider would finish his career with a lifetime average of .295 with 407 HR and 1333 RBI. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1980.

He Didn’t Get His Own (Giants) Bobblehead. But…

Snider introduced himself to SF by going a deflating 0-for-13. Then SF visited LA. In the Saturday night tilt of a three game series (5/2/64), Snider found his groove.

In his first at bat, Snider cracked a single to right and then came home on a Jim Ray Hart triple. Dodgers starter Joe Moeller carried a 4-2 lead into the ninth, but he walked McCovey on four straight pitches to to start the frame. On the next pitch, Duke hit a searing drive over the head of Frank Howard and into the Dodger Stadium right field pavilion to knot the score. SF would win 5-4 on a 12th inning knock by Chuck Hiller.

Giant Footprint

During the prolonged bitter baseball strike of 1981, obscure songwriter Terry Cashman released a nostalgic day novelty record titled “Talkin’ Baseball (Willie, Mickey and the Duke).”

A surprise hit, the track, dripping with Americana, was a paean to a simpler baseball stars could cure a nation’s ills with a swing of the bat.

The song covers on the sports most romanticized era of the 1950s through the early 1980s – with the lyrical refrain returning to the kicker “Willie, Mickey and the Duke.”

Of the more than two dozen baseball figures name-checked in the lyrics – 10 of them have ties to the Giants, which is more than any other team, including of course “Willie and the Duke.”

 

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Sharks Couture confident Sharks can make post season; Bruins Rask says he doesn’t want to play anywhere else; plus more

The San Jose Sharks Logan Couture (39) says the Sharks will make post season and the players believe in themselves coming into this 2021 NHL season (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 San Jose  Sharks Logan Couture says that he believes the Sharks will make the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Couture said there is belief in the room and confidence that the Sharks have the players that it takes to make the post season.

#2 Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask said that he has no intention to play anywhere else except in Boston. Rask 33 has an eight year $56 million deal with the Bruins. Rask 28-8-6 last season, lead the NHL with 2.12 goals against, and a .929 goal save percentage.

#3 Matt talk about the Philadelphia Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere who says he’s taking a clean slate into his seventh NHL season after having a good heart to heart talk with head coach Alain Vigneault. Gostisbehere has a tough time with injuries last season and told Vigneault that he feels healthy and and he’s feeling good right now.

#4 The Tampa Bay Lighting’s goaltender Andrei Vasilsevskiy said that he has a new face mask that has glowing eyes. Vasilsevskiy’s masks have always been original, artful and innovative but it will feature those scary glow in the dark eyes.

#5 The NHL has sold the naming right to all four West, South, North, and East divisions emblems which will feature sponsors, Honda, Nova Scotia Bank, Mass Mutual, and Discover. There is little doubt for the need of extra revenue because of no fans and no concessions and marketing the NHL agreed to use their naming rights to work with corporate sponsors.

Join Matt for the NHL podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington Sat Jan 9, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings need to play all four quarters; Couldn’t hold lead on Raptors in second half

The Sacramento Kings including guard Buddy Hield (24) tried to keep the pressure on the Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet (23) but VanVleet and the Raptors poured it on in the second half of the game on Fri Jan 8, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento for the win (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Sacramento Kings held their own at the start of Friday night’s game at Golden One Center with a 74-71 lead and it looked like the Kings had a shot to get a win against a struggling Toronto Raptors team.

#2 The Raptors came out in the second half and held the Kings to just 29 points in the third quarter and 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors came away with a 144-123 victory.

#3 The Raptors had six players in double figures with Fred VanVleet who led Toronto with 34 points.

#4 The Kings De’Aaron Fox led with 23 points also had six players in double figures but that second half defense by the Raptors didn’t allow enough offense for the Kings to try and keep up with the Raptors who just simply pulled away.

#5 The Kings go back to the drawing board again tonight at Golden One this time against the Portland Trailblazers tonight who have lost seven of their last ten games. The last time the Kings and Trailblazers met the Kings won it 121-106 on Sun Dec 13th in Portland.

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson Sat Jan 9, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

 

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings fall apart in second half against struggling Raptors 144-123

The Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Halliburton (0) gets a hand on the ball against the Toronto Raptors power guard Fred VanVleet on Fri Jan 8, 2021 game at Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings (4-5) were back in the win column entering play on Friday night. Two days earlier the Kings beat the Chicago Bulls (4-5) on Wednesday night by a final of 128-124. It wasn’t the cleanest game this season for the Kings, but it was nonetheless a victory.

On Friday, the Kings were set to take on another opponent. The Toronto Raptors (2-6) were headed to town. The Raptors have struggled this season. They came into Sacramento with a dismal 1-6 record on the season. The Kings were looking to take advantage of this and get themselves back above the .500 mark. The game was set for 7 PM PST. It would be for not as the Raptors looked like they reverted back to their old championship days with a 144-123 crushing over the Kings.

In the the first half, the Kings played well. The Kings were able to put up 43 points on a scrambled Toronto defense. The Kings defense didn’t hold up well either as the Raptors scored 35. In the second quarter, the Kings weren’t able to score as many points putting up 31 points. The Raptors scored 35 points to shrink the King lead. The Kings led 74-71 headed into halftime. Harrison Barnes had 16 points so far the most in the game.

In the second half, the Kings were destroyed. In the third quarter the Kings were out scored 40-29. In the fourth, the Kings were out scored 33-20. That is about the story. The Kings defense fell apart and the offense couldn’t pick it up.  De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 23 points, and Fred Vanvleet led the Raptors with 34 points.

Up Next: The Kings will play a back to back as the Portland Trailblazers come to town on Saturday. The game is set for 7 PM PST.

Curry leads Warriors in thrilling comeback victory over Clippers 115-105

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) after Wiggins made a 3-point shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.Tony Avelar/AP News photo

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors faced the Los Angeles Clippers for the second time in three days Friday night. The Clippers won the first game and were hoping to beat the Warriors again.

The Clippers are loaded with talent. Many people around the NBA think they will be a contender for the NBA title. They dominated the first quarter of play Friday night. They won the second quarter to finish the first half with a 14 point advantage.

They increased the lead to 20, 83-63 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Behind Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Eric Paschall, the Warriors went on a 52-20 run to earn a comeback victory 115-1105.

In the first half, the Clippers excelled on both ends of the court. Paul George made four threes in four tries. He finished the first half with 17. Kawhi Leonard knocked down 11, and he connected on two threes in two attempts.

The Clipper defense continued to throttle the Warrior offense. Stephen Curry was the only Warrior in double figures with 14 points. The Clips won the first quarter 30-22, and the second 35-31 to lead by 14 , 65-51 at the end of the first half.

The Clippers made two three-pointers to start the third quarter to lead by 20, 71-51. Steph made a couple of shots to cut the deficit to 15. The Clippers regained the 20 point lead 83-63.

It was at this point, LA must have thought the game would be in the win column. Curry had other thoughts. Curry, who was held to 13 points Wednesday night, went on a tear. He tallied 19 points as the Warriors went on an 18-2 run to finish the quarter trailing 87-81.

The Warriors started the final stanza with a 6-0 run to tie the game at 87. LA scored a bucket to go ahead 89-87. Eric Paschall scored a deuce to tie it at 89. Paschall then connected on a three pointer to put Golden State ahead for the first time since early in the first period. The teams tied again at 97.

Brad Wanamaker knocked down a three, and the Warriors led 100-97. They would not relinquish the lead. Andrew Wiggins, Curry, Draymond Green, and Wanamaker all made buckets to propel the Warriors to the win. The Warriors finished the game on a 52-20 run in the last 15 minutes of play to stun the Clippers 115-105.

Game Notes and stats: With the win, the Warriors improve to 5-4 for the year. The Clippers dropped to 6-4.

 Curry had another fantastic performance Friday night. He had a double-double with 38 points, 11 assists, and two rebounds. Curry was 13 for 24 from the floor, and he made nine threes in 14 tries.

Andrew Wiggins had 16 points and six boards. Andrew made two threes. Eric Paschall, who led the charge in the fourth quarter, had 12 points and six boards. No other Warrior was in double figures. However, Damian Lee, Mychal Mulder, Brad Wanamaker, Kelly Oubre, Jr., and Kent Bazemore came through with big plays to help win the game.

The Warriors meet the Toronto Raptors Sunday night at the Chase Center. The game will start at 5:30 pm.

San Jose State falls to rival Fresno State 79-64

Photo credit: @SanJoseStateMBB

By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans looked to win their second straight game as they began conference play with back-to-back games against the rival Fresno State Bulldogs.

Both teams played really hard, but the Spartans ended up losing to the Bulldogs 79-64 at the Save Mart Center on Friday night. SJSU is now 1-15 at the Save Mart Center.

The Spartans had a new opponent, but head coach Jean Prioleau kept the same starting five. Omari Moore, Richard Washington, Trey Smith, Nate Lacewell and Ralph Agee walked onto the court with their game faces on.

The Spartans drew first blood 21 seconds into the first half, thanks to Richard Washington’s jumper. Washington scored 7 points in the first four minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 2 and took a 7-2 lead, but the Spartans scored 9 points to tie the game at 11 at 15:56 of the first. Richard Washington made a jumper to make it 19-14 Spartans at 12:41 of the first. Washington’s back-to-back free throws and Sebastian Mendoza’s jumper gave the Spartans an 8-point lead, 24-16, at 10:40 of the first.

The Spartans’ lead didn’t last long. The Bulldog defense stepped up late, Deon Stroud made a game-tying jumper to tie the game at 31 with 5:50 left in the first and Orlando Robinson hit a 3-pointer to give Fresno State a 34-31 lead 55 seconds later.

The Bulldogs had a 38-34 lead at the final timeout with three minutes remaining in the first. San Jose State, however, went ahead for good after Richard Washington hit a 3-point jumper with one second left in the first. The Spartans led by three, 45-42, heading into the locker room at halftime.

Richard Washington struck first with a jumper for a 47-42 Spartans lead 31 seconds into the second half. Ralph Agee made it 49-42 Spartans at 18:40 of the second. SJSU proceeded to shoot 55% from the field and 50% from downtown and took a 5-point lead, 53-48, at 15:31 of the second.

Four turnovers in a span of 1:51 hurt the Spartans. The Bulldogs tied the game at 57 on a Junior Ballard 3-point jumper with 9:43 left in the second. Orlando Robinson caught a pass from Anthony Holland to make a layup and give the Bulldogs a 2-point lead, 59-57, with 8:47 left in the second.

Ralph Agee made a game-tying layup, but Fresno State used a 10-0 run to take a 10-point lead, 69-59, with 4:07 left in the second. The Bulldog defense shut down the Spartan offense, holding them to only 19 points in the second. The Bulldogs won 79-64.

FSU improved to 4-3, 2-3 Mountain West. Orlando Robinson led all scorers with 23 points. Four Bulldogs players finished in double figures.

SJSU fell to 2-7, 0-5 Mountain West. Richard Washington led all scorers with 30 points.

The Spartans and Bulldogs meet again on Sunday, January 10 at 4 pm PT.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:Tommy Lasorda Ambassador and Character of the game

Signed MLB ball by former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy LaSorda that is part of the author’s sports memorabilia collection (photo from Amaury Pi Gonzalez)

Tommy Lasorda Ambassador and Character of the game

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

With the passing of Tommy Lasorda, baseball lost a baseball man, Ambassador of the game and a character in every sense of the word. He was a Hall of Fame manager than won two World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

His name became synonymous with his love for Dodger Blue and the franchise. His playing career as a pitcher was short, in the mid 1950’s with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Kansas City Athletics, also pitched in Cuba in the old Cuban Professional Winter League. Lasorda passed this Thursday January 7, 2021 in Los Angeles.

He was 93 years old. During the times I did spoke with him, he spoke conversational Spanish and was mostly a guy that once you met him you will like him because of his connection to the game, his sense of humor and his many stories.

In 1977 I was in Dodger Stadium covering the World Series between Tommy’s Dodger team and the New York Yankees, managed by Billy Martin. The Yankees won that Series in six games. Very early, even before the team arrived at Dodger Stadium, I was there with my tape recorder waiting for the Dodgers to arrive and my main interview in mind was Tommy Lasorda.

Those days there was not as much media as today, especially during a World Series. It was basically the local people in each city and some of the national writers and reporters. So the younger crowd gets an idea, in 1977 ESPN was not around yet, sports channels were few and mainly in places like Los Angeles and New York.

One of the biggest baseball network was WTBS the official television station of the Atlanta Braves, who televised the Braves games on cable for the whole country. I did speak with him behind the batting cage prior to the game and was lucky to get a few minutes one-on-one interview, which I feed to station in San Francisco and also WQBA AM in Miami, as I was also doing interviews and reports.

That was not the only time I was to speak to Lasorda. But in that instance in 1977, I had to go up to the press box and with my alligator clips (an instrument used to get the audio from a tape recorded to a radio station for airing) for a feed of the interview with Tommy who was popular in Miami with the Cuban community, he was the Grand Marshall for the largest Cuban-American parade at Calle Ocho.

If you walked inside Tommy Lasorda’s office inside the Dodgers clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, you will see the walls decorated with a Who’s Who of Hollywood, photos with Frank Sinatra, to Bob Hope to a galaxy of other movie stars. He was the perfect character for a city that is the capital of show-business.

Tommy could be funny and sometimes not very funny, if he lost a game, he was not in a good mood and would take him longer to have his post game pasta meal he loved. He was the owner of a Pasta and Ribs restaurant for a few years.

Last time I saw Tommy Lasorda it was at Dodger Stadium when the LA Angels were playing, a few years ago. He was walking very slowly and had a handler with him. I was not aware he was going to walk inside the Angels dressing room.

My focus with my cameraman was waiting to interview a player for the Spanish pregame show of our telecast of the game for Fox Sports West. I just said a few words to him in Spanish; he smiled, answered briefly and kept walking.

During the last few years, Tommy will be seen many times on television sitting behind the plate at Dodger Stadium. His health deteriorated, but made it to the ripe age of 93 and saw his beloved Dodgers win the World Series in 2020, for the first time since he managed the last Dodger World Series title in 1988 over Tony La Russa’s Oakland Athletics. The autographed ball is from my personal collection.

Rest in Peace Tommy.

Stay well and stay tuned.

Join Amaury for News and Commentary podcast each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Cal’s lack of Bradley in the line up fall short against WSU

The Cal Bears couldn’t keep up with the Washington State Cougars in the second half of Thu Jan 7, 2021’s game at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley as Cal loses it’s seventh game of the season (image from @CalMBBall)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael Cal (5-7) had suffered it’s third straight loss and last night the latest to the Washington State Cougars (9-1) one of the winningest teams in the Pac 12.

#2 One player that Cal had a hard time shutting down was Cougars guard Issac Bonton who led with 21 points, he took advantage of having a hot hand and being able to take his shot.

#3 The Cougars had three players in double figures, Bonton, center Efe Abogidi who finished second with 12 points and guard Noah Williams with 11 points. The way the Cougars have been on offense even three players in double figures could spell doom.

#4 Cal badly misses Matt Bradley they also had three players in double figures but low double figures with Andre Kelly 11 points, Lars Thiemann and Ryan Betley both had ten points but trying to keep up with the Cougars proved too much in the second half as the Cougars were up by eight and won the game by nine.

#5 It’s a Saturday 12 noon lunch time special at Haas Pavilion this Saturday as the Cal Bears hope to turn the page on Thursday night’s loss as they meet the Washington Huskies (1-8) but they’re not in last place the Cal Bears who have won five games are 0-5 in the conference and are in last place in the Pac 12 standings.

Michael Duca does Cal Bears podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca Fri Jan 8, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Washington State’s effective defense keeps Cal winless against Pac-12 competition, 71-60

By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY, CA–Two developing clubs devoid of blue chip athleticism or the confidence that comes with experience aren’t going to deliver a college basketball masterpiece in a Haas Pavilion populated by empty seats.

Instead of extended bombast punctuated with fastbreaks, think stringing together quality possessions, starting with two or three.

Washington State embraced the mundane far better than Cal in locking down on defense and hitting open shots in a 71-60 win on Thursday night.

The Cougars still don’t have a marquee win but improved to 9-1. The Bears fell to 5-7 and are still looking for their first Pac-12 victory.

The Bears played without leading scorer Matt Bradley but welcomed back Grant Anticevich, who showed some rust after an appendectomy two weeks ago. That combination contributed to Cal’s tepid 34 percent shooting from the floor, but coach Mark Fox expressed greater disappointment in his team’s effort on the glass.

“I was really disappointed in how we rebounded the ball,” Fox said of the 45-28 difference on the backboards.

The Bears weathered WSU’s 15-2 run towards the end of the first half to climb within 31-28 at the break, only to see the Cougars take control again in the opening minutes of the second half. Noah Williams’ layup gave WSU a 51-36 lead with 12:14 remaining. That gap proved insurmountable with the Bears missing shots while battling WSU’s length and aggressiveness.

“It’s harder for us to score without Matt, but we’ve got to find a way to manufacture some points,” Fox said.

The Bears were led by Andre Kelly with 11 points. Ryan Betley and Lars Thiemann each added 10 points, but Makale Foreman, Cal’s most likely offensive source in Bradley’s absence was 1 for 7 from distance and finished with 7 points.

Isaac Boyton led all scorers with 22 points, and versatile freshman Efe Abogidi added 12 points and nine rebounds to aid Washington State.

The Bears host Washington at Haas on Saturday at noon.

Williams’ triple-double leads Cardinal past Washington 91-75

The Stanford Cardinals’ Ziaire Williams (3) goes for the throw down as the Cardinal defeated the Washington Huskies at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz on Thu Jan 7, 2021 (gostanford.com photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Ziaire Williams earned Stanford men’s basketball’s first triple-double in 13 years on Thursday, as the Cardinal defeated Washington 91-75 in a home-away-from-home game played in Santa Cruz due to Santa Clara County enforced COVID-19 restrictions.

Williams, a freshman, scored 12 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. It was the second triple-double in Stanford men’s basketball history, and the first since Brook Lopez earned one in 2007.

Williams opened the night with a blocked shot, a rebound on the Huskies’ second shot, and an assist on Spencer Jones’s layup that sparked a 12-0 run to open the game for Stanford (7-3 overall, 3-1 Pac-12).

Early in the first half, Washington (1-8, 0-4) pulled to within 14-5 on a 3-pointer by Quade Green. Eighteen seconds later, Brandon Angel hit a 3 for Stanford, and the Cardinal lead remained in double digits for the rest of the game.

Oscar da Silva scored 17 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds, recording his second straight double-double. Jones led the Cardinal with 18 points, including four 3s.

Stanford made 34 of 66 from the field (52 percent) and held a commanding 47-31 rebounding edge. The Cardinal were without injured starters Daejon Davis (leg) and Bryce Wills (knee).

Marcus Tsohonis led Washington with 24 points – 19 in the second half. Green and Jamal Bey each added 15 points for the Huskies.

Up next, the Cardinal host Washington State on Saturday, again in Santa Cruz.