Regardless of a wet day and drab surroundings on the Farm on Sunday, Maples Pavilion was crammed with pleasure as the lads’s basketball staff performed its closing house sport of the season. With the pre-game festivities of senior day in full swing and household within the stands, senior ahead Spencer Jones saved a few of his finest for final, tallying 21 factors in Stanford basketball’s (12-17, 6-12 Pac-12) 81-69 victory over the Washington Huskies (16-14, 8-11 Pac-12).
“I bought many of the household out immediately,” stated Jones after the sport. “You wish to do it for them, you wish to do it for all the fellows you performed with and all of the followers that got here out immediately. It’s an amazing little doable finish to a profession.”
Whereas the win could seem meaningless to Stanford’s postseason hopes, it may function an on-ramp towards the staff’s play within the Pac-12 Event.
Stanford began quick proper out of the gate, piecing collectively an 8-0 lead inside the first two and a half minutes of the sport. Due to some prolific capturing, together with flattening 5-of-10 makes an attempt from past the arc, Stanford opened up a double-digit lead inside the first 12 minutes of the sport. Nonetheless, an intermittent interval of sloppy play towards the center and finish of the primary half allowed the Huskies to crawl again into the sport. Washington was capable of reduce the result in inside 3 factors on the 3:11 mark earlier than Stanford regained its offensive footing on account of a succession of fastbreak and transition alternatives. On the finish of the half, Stanford held a 38-26 lead.
Jones led all scorers with 16 factors within the first half, with sophomore ahead Harrison Ingram following with 6 factors. For Washington, star ahead Keion Brooks Jr. amassed 10 factors within the first half, whereas guard Jamal Bey tallied 7 factors.
“I need [Spencer] to have as a lot initiative as he can presumably have,” stated head coach Jerod Haase. “I don’t know in 4 years if I ever instructed him that was a nasty shot. I need him to have faith and really feel like he has the inexperienced mild.”
The second half continued with the quick tempo that occurred towards the tip of the primary. The Huskies as soon as once more threatened Stanford’s lead, as Bey continued to assault the Cardinal protection within the paint. Stanford’s double-digit lead diminished to simply 5 factors in below 5 minutes.
Nonetheless, a barrage of 3-pointers from numerous perimeter gamers gave the Cardinal respiration room and enlarged the lead again as much as double digits. Furthermore, Stanford started diversifying its shot portfolio, taking and making extra photographs close to the rim as the sport went on.
Sophomore heart Maxime Raynaud and junior ahead Brandon Angel had been extra concerned within the offense, scoring 15 factors and 9 factors, respectively. Angel had just a few acrobatic finishes that bought the group up on its ft.
The Cardinal pushed their benefit all the best way out to twenty factors with 5:23 left within the sport.
With the sport clinched and one minute remaining, senior walk-on guards Roy Yuan and Josue Gil-Silva entered the sport to the applause of the coed part. Whereas the Huskies had been capable of get a number of garbage-time factors towards the tip, it didn’t matter because the Cardinal got here away victorious on senior evening.
“There’s by no means a constant line, however I really feel all year long our staff has trended north,” Haase stated. “We proceed to get higher, and I believed immediately was a step ahead.”
Up subsequent, Stanford will go on the highway to face Oregon State and Oregon this upcoming week. The Cardinal defeated each faculties earlier this season at house and can have the chance to brush the season collection earlier than heading to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Event. Tip-off in opposition to Oregon State is scheduled for six p.m. PT on Thursday.