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Seniors spark Stanford to Pac-12 basketball victory

 

Anthony Brown scored 23 points, Chasson Randle added 20 and the Stanford men's basketball team won for the fifth time in six times, beating host Washington, 84-74, Wednesday in Pac-12 action.

Stefan Nastic scored 17 points for the Cardinal (6-2 in the Pac-12, 15-5 overall), which took over sole possession of third place in the conference, a game behind Arizona and a half-game behind Utah, which plays Thursday at UCLA.

Stanford ends the first half of conference play at Washington State on Saturday in a 5:30 p.m. start on the Pac-12 Networks.

Marcus Allen scored 12 points for the Cardinal, which never trailed in the contest.

Stanford opened the second half with a 17-3 run that produced a 53-27 advantage with 14:52 remaining to play in the contest. Brown and Marcus Allen combined to score 12 of the 17 points.

The Cardinal maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way, though it took Brown and Randle making six consecutive free throws in the final 39 seconds.

Nastic scored all 17 of his points in the game's first 21 minutes. He had his way inside through most of the first half because of Washington's dismissal of Robert Upshaw from the team two days earlier for rule violations.

Upshaw leads the nation in blocked shots and is the Huskies leading rebounder. Stanford took advantage of his absence, particularly Nastic, who made eight of his first nine shots.

Washington pulled to within 24-20 with 4:45 remaining in the first half before a scoring flurry gave Stanford a 36-24 halftime lead. Brown scored five of the last seven points in the half.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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