The Cardinal led by as many 21 points, and Washington really was never in this one after the opening minutes.
The Huskies can’t afford many more losses this season, and certainly not at home. And things may be only marginally easier Saturday, given Cal’s upset of Washington State tonight in Pullman.
Star of the game: Stanford sophomore forward Brook Lopez scored a career-high 31 points. He also had 13 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and a steal.
Key stats: Washington shot 28.8 percent from the field, the lowest percentage of the season. … The Huskies were 0-for-7 on 3-pointers in the second half. … Stanford outrebounded UW, 41-36.
Key run: After a couple of quick early field goals, the Huskies missed eight straight shots over the next seven minutes – including three that were blocked by the Lopez twins – as Stanford established control early, 15-7.
Observations: This was Washington’s worst home loss – and first double-digit loss at home – since an 86-62 loss to Gonzaga in December 2003. … UW’s Tim Morris, who started his career at Stanford, scored four points against his old teammates. … Stanford’s Mitch Johnson, a junior from Seattle (O’Dea), had eight points and seven rebounds. … UW missed 10 of its first 13 free throws before hitting their next eight. … UW’s Jon Brockman said he was limited by a groin injury. … In the crowd were UW recruit Isaiah Thomas of Tacoma, now attending a prep school in Connecticut; and the mother of freshman Matthew Bryan-Amaning, visiting from Ghana.
Quotable: "I don’t know what it was. I don’t want to discredit the job Stanford did. They thoroughly beat us. But I would have liked to have played with a little more passion tonight with so much at stake." – UW coach Lorenzo Romar.