The Stanford men's basketball team knows it missed an opportunity to get things going again. Even without leading scorer and rebounder Oscar da Silva, the Cardinal had plenty of chances to win.
Freshman Tyrell Terry matched his season-high with 24 points but couldn't quite pull the Cardinal all the way back from a 13-point, second-half deficit and the Cardinal lost to Arizona State, 74-69, Thursday night, slipping another notch in the Pac-12 Conference.
Stanford (16-8, 5-6), still off to its best start after 24 games since the 2007-08 season, lost its sixth in seven games after opening conference play with a 4-0 mark.
Jaiden Delaire added 11 points for Stanford, which had beaten the Sun Devils in seven of their previous eight trips to Maples Pavilion.
“Any time you’re at home it’s a heck of an opportunity,” Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. “We’re going through a tough time right now. The biggest disappointment was our overall energy. I need to do a better job of creating energy.”
da Silva was unavailable because of a head injury sustained against Colorado.
“It was tough to see that,” ASU coach Bobby Hurley said. “He adds a strong component to their offense, the way he can score it for them, both inside and outside. He's a very versatile guy. They're a different team when he's in the game.”
The Cardinal led once, at 13-12, though it still made an effort to get back into the game, coming within 50-46 with 13:33 remaining to play but Arizona State responded to open an 11-point advantage with just over five minutes left.
Terry instigated a run that brought Stanford within 68-65 going into the final minute but two costly turnovers stalled the comeback bid.
da Silva ranks 10th in scoring in the Pac-12 and his 60.2% shooting is among the top 25 in the nation.
Terry scored 20 or more points for the eight time and has reached double figures in scoring in all but one of his 23 games.
Stanford hosts Arizona at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.