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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Dorian Pickens had a career-high 28 points–including a key three-pointer–with 1:16 remaining in the second half, helping Stanford to a 79-70 win at Washington State in a Pac-12 men’s basketball matchup in Pullman, Washington, on Thursday night.
Pickens scored a career-high 28 points for the Cardinal (9-8 overall, 3-1 Pac-12), including 7-of-10 three-pointers. Freshman Kezie Okpala contributed a career-high 21 points and Daejon Davis was 6-of-7 on field goals while adding 15 points for Stanford.
Washington State (8-8 overall, 0-4 Pac-12) had a 55-47 lead when Stanford’s Reid Travis drew a hard foul from the Cougars’ Kwinton Hinson. Both players were separated by teammates, and the Cardinal responded with a nine-minute, 57 second 21-3 run to take a 68-58 lead with 6:26 remaining.
WSU cut its deficit to three points twice, but Pickens hit a pair of 3s as Stanford was able to hold on for its third consecutive victory.
The Cougars were hot out of the gate, making 11 of its first 12 shots, including four three-pointers. Pickens kept the Cardinal close, hitting 22 first-half points on 8-of-9 floor shooting. Pickens gave the Cardinal a two-point lead on a pair of threes before Washington State’s Malachi Flynn closed out the first half with three three-pointers. WSU led 45-38 at the half.
Flynn scored 24 points–along with seven threes–to lead the Cougars. Milan Acquaah was next for WSU with eight points, while Drick Bernstine added eight points and 12 rebounds. Robert Franks, the Cougars’ leading scorer at 17.3 per game, was held to eight points and committed six of Washington State’s 22 turnovers.
Travis, the Pac-12’s third-leading scorer coming into the weekend at 21.3 points per game, was held to six points and six rebounds.
The Cardinal’s road trip continues Saturday, when Stanford visits Washington for a 5 p.m. contest.