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Stanford men upset Washington in Pac-10 hoops

 

By Rick Eymer

Palo Alto Online Sports

The Stanford men's basketball team walked off the court, not so much in jubiliation, but with heads held high.

And why not? They'd just beaten the Pac-10's prohibitive favorite and maintained their home court advantage. They are also aware there is still a long way to go.

This young group (the roster is void of seniors) is growing up fast and it's showing on the court.

Stanford limited Washington's explosive shooting ability to post a 58-56 upset victory over the visiting 17th-ranked Huskies on Thursday night.

Josh Owens scored 14 points, including the game-winner in the final 30 seconds for the Cardinal (3-1, 10-5), which remained unbeaten (8-0) at home. Washington lost its first Pac-10 contest and had a six-game winning streak end.

Jeremy Green scored 12 points and Dwight Powell added 11 for Stanford, which held Washington 32 points under its scoring average. The Cardinal, which held the Huskies to 36 percent shooting, is the Pac-10's leader in scoring defense.

"I haven't really thought of this as the biggest win," Green said. "It just feels good to finally beat them. Ever since I was a freshman, we haven't got the win. It just feels good to get the win. I'm proud of our team, glad that we were able to come out here and compete."

The Cardinal moved into a second-place tie, with Arizona, a half-game behind Washington in the conference standings.

Stanford hosts Washington State at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Stanford, which has won four of its last five overall, was also competitive with the Huskies on the boards, losing the battle by two rebounds. Washington entered the game as the conference's top rebounding team.

"Defense. That's how we win games," Green said. "They average about 89 points a game, and we held them to 56. It was the defensive rebounds."

Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins beat his old friend, Lorenzo Romar, and didn't feel too bad about it.

Dawkins and Romar are both left-handed point guards who also played in the NBA and share the same competitive spirit.

"We were down 11 points in the second half, but we showed a lot of character," Dawkins said. "I thought we came down, we executed and we were able to work our way back into the ball game. I commend Washington, they're well coached. I think we just did a good job on every possession, on defense. We tried to make it as difficult as we could to let them get any baskets."

The Huskies beat Stanford three times last year, all by double digits, and had won six straight from the Cardinal overall.

Washington held a 51-41 lead with 8:55 remaining to play but Stanford went on a 12-0 run, with Green hitting a 3-pointer to put the Cardinal ahead, 53-51, five minutes later.

The game was tied at 56 when Huskies' Scott Suggs hit a game-tying 3-pointer. Owens gave Stanford a 58-56 lead with an offensive rebound and putback with 29 seconds left.

Washington missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer but Justin Holiday was fouled after he grabbed the offensive rebound.

Holiday missed the free throw, but the Cardinal turned the ball over, giving Washington another chance, which also fell short.

Stanford led, 29-28, at the half. The Cardinal is 9-0 this year when leading at the intermission.

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