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Washington Holds Off Stanford 62-61

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In a nail biting finish, Washington held on to their one point lead to beat Stanford and claim their 23rd win of the season.

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In the final second of the game, Washington Sr. forward Noah Dickerson came down with Stanford’s KZ Okpala’s missed three-point shot. His rebound secured Washington’s win in Palo Alto 62-21.

Despite this sloppy, back and forth affair, Washington was able to scrape together a split in the Bay Area on this two-game road trip. Jaylen Nowell was the leading scorer for the Huskies with 13 points, while Dickerson was the only other Husky to reach double digits with 12 points.

Both teams started out the game very cold from the floor. The Huskies missed their first five field goal attempts, while Stanford at one point went over five minutes without scoring a point. The Cardinal also missed their first eight 3-point attempts. Both sides went 6-17 from beyond the arc. Washington took a 29-23 lead into halftime.

Most of the aforementioned sloppiness occurred during the first half. Stanford finished the game with 19 turnovers, while the Huskies had 14.

It was in the final five minutes of the game that things started to really heat up. Stanford’s Marcus Sheffield hit a game tying 3-pointer for 5:12 left in the game. Washington’s Mattise Thybulle then responded with a quick layup to give the Huskies a two-point lead. After a Stanford free throw and two-point jumper, Stanford held the lead again with just 3:24 remaining. Again, this was answered by another quick Washington score, a dunk by Dickerson. After trading baskets in the ensuing two minutes, Nowell made a super clutch mid-range jumper with 33 seconds left. This gave the Huskies a 62-59 point lead.

One more Stanford basket would bring the score to 62-61, Washington. With 10 seconds to go, Nowell had a chance to put the game away, but missed the first of a 1-and-1 and Stanford regained possession. Stanford drove down the court and got the ball to their leading scorer, Okpala, who missed his three-point shot leading to Dickerson’s all import rebound and the end of the game.

This nail-biting finish (in my case, literally) was a scary way to end the game. Don’t get me wrong, late game heroics and last second shots are exciting. But with the Huskies’ loss to bottom dweller Cal still in the review mirror, this was not the convincing win that many Husky fans were hoping for. That said, it was a win and a tough road win at that. Stanford was 10-2 at home this season heading into this game.

Of note in this game, Seattle native and former Husky commit Daejon Davis, Stanford’s second leading scorer, did not play due a foot injury he sustained against WSU earlier this week.

Washington is now 23-6 on the season and heads into their final two games at home against the Oregon schools.