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Final: No. 8 Stanford 82, UW 79

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2008 at 9:03 pm with No Comments »
February 28, 2008 9:03 pm

Huskies played well, but the Maples Pavilion losing streak grows to 15 games.

If anything, they played so well it was almost frustrating. If a team can beat UCLA and then play this well on the floor of the No. 8 team in the nation, what are they doing one game above .500 and in ninth place in the Pac-10?

The Huskies are frustrated about that too, but to their credit, they know they can only blame themselves. And several did.

Here is my game story, here is a version from the San Jose Mercury News, and a few highlights for you skimmers:

Star of the game: Stanford 7-footer Brook Lopez led all scorers with 21 points. He also led the Cardinal with seven rebounds and blocked four shots.

Key stats: Washington shot 53 percent from the field against the Pac-10’s top-ranked defense. … However, the Huskies gave away nine points on the foul line, hitting 7-of-16 (44 percent). … UW out-rebounded Stanford, 37-28. … Stanford blocked nine shots.

Key run: Stanford jumped to a 10 point lead in the first five minutes. The Huskies had to run uphill the rest of the way, and they never quite caught up.

Observations: This was the second consecutive game in which the Huskies never led and were never tied. UW hasn’t led since the Feb. 21 win over Arizona. … Washington hasn’t swept a Bay Area trip since 1985. … UW senior Tim Morris began his career at Stanford. He was booed every time he touched the ball. Morris was limited to two points, but those came on an emphatic breakaway dunk. … Former Husky Todd MacCulloch attended the game. MacCulloch is now a broadcast analyst with the Philadelphia 76ers, who are in the Bay Area for a game tonight with the Golden State Warriors.

Quotable: "They’re going to block a couple, and they always do against anyone they play. You just have to keep going back at them. I missed way too many chippies that I should have had. But they do do a good job of mixing things up down low and causing havoc down there." – Brockman, on continuing to attack Stanford despite all the blocked shots.

Next: 3 p.m. Saturday, at California, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.

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