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Stanford men shoot past the Cougars for Pac-10 road win

 

Jeremy Green scored a season-high 24 points and Jarrett Mann recorded a career-high 11 assists as the Stanford men's basketball team defined all odds by beating host Washington State, 75-62, in a Pac-10 contest Thursday night.

Dwight Powell added 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds as the Cardinal (6-6, 13-10) improved to 3-7 in games played away from Maples Pavilion. The Cougars (6-6, 16-8) became the first team to beat Stanford on its home court earlier in the year.

Stanford scored the game's first eight points and never trailed, though it nearly gave away a 19-point advantage. The Cardinal were up, 46-25, when Powell slammed a ball through the nets with 3:35 remaining in the first half.

"Everyone came out focused and our offense was really clicking," Green said. "Overall that was as good a first half as we have had all year."

The Cougars drew within 56-55 with 8:38 left to play before Anthony Brown, who finished with 12 points, hit a jumper to get Stanford on track.

"They cut the lead to one, and I thought our group showed maturity," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "Our guys settled down and really executed on each possession."

The Cardinal beat Washington State in Pullman for the first time in three years, and has won seven of the past 11 meetings.

Mann was brilliant in directing Stanford's offense and hanging onto the ball. He committed just two turnovers and the Cardinal lost the ball a mere 11 times as a team. He was also 5-of-6 from the foul line, including scoring Stanford's final three points.

"We were sharing the basketball and making connecting plays," Dawkins said. "It comes down to everyone taking care of the basketball and of course, making shots. You can see these guys developing a chemistry as the season moves along."

Mann has 30 assists and eight turnovers over his past four games, a 3.8-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. His 11 assists were the most by a Stanford player since Mitch Johnson set the school record with 16 in March of 2008.

The Cardinal made 10 of its final 12 free throws to maintain its lead and frustrate the Cougars, who were 1-of-11 from the field over the final nine minutes.

Stanford finds itself in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 heading into Saturday's 5:30 p.m. at Washington.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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