Cougars recover from 14-point deficit to beat Stanford men


Chasson Randle matched his career high with 33 points, but it still wasn't enough to avoid an upset, with Washington State beating visiting Stanford, 89-88, in a Pac-12 Conference basketball contest Saturday night in Pullman.

Stefan Nastic and Anthony Brown each added 10 points for the Cardinal, which had won nine of its previous 11 games.

Stanford (6-3 in the Pac-12, 15-6 overall) returns home and will play UCLA in a 6 p.m. contest Thursday.

Randle was 13 of 14 from the foul line as the teams combined to go 56 of 76 from the charity stripe.

Randle sank a pair of free throws to tie the game at 65 with 8:16 remaining to play. The Cougars answered with a 13-5 run that gave them their biggest lead at 78-70 with 3:41 left.

Washington State was still up by eight, 84-76, with 1:47 remaining. Dorian Pickens hit a lay-up, Rosco Allen sank a 3-pointer and Anthony Brown converted a pair of foul shots to pull within 84-83 with 52 seconds left.

The Cougars went 5 of 6 from the foul line the rest of the way to hold off the Cardinal, which missed a pair of jumpers down the stretch.

Pickens hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer for the margin of victory as the Cougars ended a four-game losing streak to Stanford and a four-game losing streak overall.

Stanford showed signs of running away with the game early, racing to a 29-15 advantage at the midway point of the first half.

The Cardinal missed nine straight shots, including five 3-point attempts and three lay-ups, and went 3 for 14 the final 10 minutes of the first half, allowing the Cougars to go on a 27-11 run until Reid Travis, in his first action since returning from an injury, made a free throw.

Washington State took a surprising 42-41 lead into halftime.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Cheryl Jones
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on Feb 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Why was a 42-41 halftime lead improbable?

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