Anthony Brown gave Stanford a lightning-fast start and the Cardinal held on to beat host Washington State, 69-56, in a Pac-12 Conference men's basketball contest Saturday.
Brown scored a career-high 30 points for the Cardinal, which moved into a fifth-place tie with Colorado, a game behind co-third place Arizona State and California.
Stanford returns home to meet USC on Thursday at 8 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. It will be the first of four at home over the final six regular-season games.
The victory keeps Stanford (7-5 in the Pac-12, 16-8 overall) in the hunt for a top-four finish and the possibility of getting into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008, which was also the last time Stanford swept the season series from the Cougars.
The Cardinal has a chance to make an impact on the Pac-12 race and help itself in the process. UCLA comes to Maples Pavilion next Saturday and also has Colorado and Utah at home. Stanford travels to Arizona State and Arizona.
Stanford built a 39-24 lead by halftime, with Brown hitting everything he put up. He scored 20 in the first half on 6 of 6 shooting from the field, including four 3-pointers and 4 of 5 on the foul line.
Josh Huestis grabbed 11 rebounds and Chasson Randle added 14 points, including a layup at the end of the first half that gave the Cardinal added momentum and kept the Cougars from climbing within 10 points.
That proved to be important as Washington State crept within 49-44 with 9:17 remaining to play in the game.
Stanford eventually regained its 15-point advantage, on a pair of Brown free throws, entering the final minute.
The Cardinal, which has split three road series, won in Pullman for the first time in three years. Stanford is 7-1 following a loss this season.
Dwight Powell, who had nine points and seven rebounds, is five rebounds shy of matching John Revelli (798) for seventh on the school's all-time list.
Huestis blocked two shots and has 166, one shy of matching Tim Young for Stanford's all-time lead.
Randle hit one 3-pointer and is within two of matching Chris Hernandez (188) for sixth on Stanford's all-time made 3-pointer list.