Washington scored the first 10 points and were ahead by 19 before Stanford made its first field goal of the contest, making for a long opening game at the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
The Cardinal suffered a nearly nine-minute drought from the field and it never really got much better in a 91-68 loss to the Huskies, ending Stanford's regular season. Whether the Cardinal is able to defend its NIT title is not yet known.
Hindered by season-ending injuries to its starting point guard and power forward, Stanford muddled through the season the best it could and probably did well to finish at .500.
There's certainly an element of hope for the future. The Cardinal returns the entire roster, except for senior walk-on Ian Proulx, the Menlo-Atherton grad who appeared briefly in one game before enduring a season-ending injury of his own.
Rosco Allen is clearly the team's MVP, though he and several others could be in the running for Most Improved. Dorian Pickens probably showed the most growth from last year, but Marcus Allen, Michael Humphrey, Marcus Sheffield, Cameron Walker, Grant Verhoeven and others also had their moments during the year.
Stanford needs to expect nothing less than a good run into the NCAA tournament next season. Sophomores Robert Cartwright and Reid Travis should be completely healthy by the start of the next go-around and players like Christian Sanders, Malcolm Allen and Josh Sharma return with a valuable year of experience.
Humphrey hit a layup with 11:17 remaining in the first half to break the field goal drought. Stanford was limited to five made free throws and was down, 24-5, before sinking a field goal.
Rosco Allen recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Pickens led the way with 17 points and Marcus Allen had 13.
Stanford ended the regular season with five players averaging double-digits in scoring, including Travis, who averaged 12.8 through the first eight games. Rosco Allen recorded 194 rebounds, three more than Humphrey.