COURT HEARING . . . For all the what-ifs and could-have-beens of the season, the Stanford men's basketball team is in remarkably good shape as long as they can finish the regular season with another win or two and use the conference tournament as a jumping board into the postseason. Tyrell Terry scored 18 of his season-high 27 points in the second half, Oscar da Silva had 20 and Stanford ended a four-game losing streak to Utah, beating the Utes 70-62 on Wednesday, extending its winning streak to three. "The team knows where we are," Stanford coach Jerod Haase said of Stanford's situation regarding the postseason and being on the bubble for the NCAA tournament. "We have opportunities but the reality is we have to win some games." The Cardinal (19-9, 8-7) gets its next chance when second-place Colorado comes to town for a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. A win would guarantee at least a .500 conference record and give Stanford's its 20th victory. "It's good for us to get a little break," Terry said of the extra two days before the next game. "We have an extra practice to get prepared for Colorado." Jaiden Delaire, who scored 11 points off the bench, including a key 3-pointer with a minute to play, is well on his way to becoming a regular contributor for the Cardinal. "My goal is to work hard every day and try to get better," Delaire said. "I've put a lot of work into my shot." Despite losing all but a few of its 18-point, first-half advantage, the Cardinal maintained its poise and hung onto the win.
"It was not a thing of beauty, but bottom line now is survive and advance," Haase said. "By the end of the game we were able to make just enough plays to get it done." Stanford opened a 34-16 lead with 4:18 left in the first half but then went scoreless the rest of the way as Utah pulled within 34-22 at halftime. Spencer Jones
hit a pair of 3-pointers and has 74 on the season, matching Casey Jacobsen
for the second-most 3s by a freshman. Terry set a season-high for 3-pointers with seven.
TAKING A DIVE . . . Stanford sophomore Conor Casey won the 1-meter springboard title, highlighting an impressive start for the Cardinal men's swimming and diving team at the Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, WA. After placing third in the preliminary round with an average of 56.10, Casey led the pack with a score of 407.35 in the final. Arizona State's Youssef Selim finished second at 380.25 while Arizona's Bjorn Markentin was third at 375.95. Casey is Stanford's 14th 1-meter conference champion in school history and first since Bradley Christensen repeated in 2017. Casey, who posted a season-high 431.70 total last week in a dual against California, placed seventh last season in the same event at the Pac-12 Championships with a mark of 286.60. The Cardinal competes in swimming events at the Pac-12 Championships March 4-7. Points from diving events will be added to next week's totals.