The game was back and forth, with the Huskies shooting an absurd 13-20 from deep to make up for not getting any points from the foul line and struggling to get the ball in the lane. Stanford kept up with the unsustainable shooting by dominating the glass and dumping the ball off to Stefan Nasti, who routinely abused Shawn Kemp Jr. and Gilles Dierickx.
It all came down to the final few possessions, with Washington up 69-68, inbounding the ball. Dan Kingma received the pass and was fouled. One-and-one. He had been feeling it all night from deep, hitting three of his four attempts from behind the arc. The ball hit the front of the iron and rolled off the right side. Stanford breathed life. Roscoe Allen missed a pull-up from 15 feet on the right side. The ball caromed to the weak side. In any other game, this would be an advantageous situation for the defense. Stanford finished with 13 offensive rebounds against UW's 21. That is impressive.
The ball caromed into Marcus Allen's hands, who kicked it to Chasson Randle. Randle only had seven points up to that point. He left the building with 10. Andrew Andrews got a decent look in the 2.4 seconds he had to get the ball down the court, but it didn't fall. It didn't take away from his game-high 22 points.
Ben's quick thoughts:
On Twitter today, I said that Washington didn't have to perform a repeat of its shooting performance against Utah to defeat a reeling Stanford. I was wrong. UW shot 65 percent from deep and still lost due to the battle inside going completely to the side of the Cardinal. Rebounding, scoring, everything. Nastic post-ups were the best weapon for Stanford, leading to his team-high 21 points on a very efficient 10-16 shooting.
Kingma shouldn't hang his head for too long. He performed well in his 15 minutes on the floor, scoring nine. Yes, he missed a big free throw, but that doesn't take away from his participation in limiting Randle to 10 points by not allowing him to get into the lane at will. With Darin Johnson or Quevyn Winters in the lineup instead, the Huskies aren't in position to win at the end of the game. He has earned himself some playing time for next season. He won't be getting 15 minutes per game, but will receive some floor time.
As the night and morning roll on, more UWDP staffers will be adding some quick thoughts on the game. Thanks for the ride, Husky fans.
Jason's quick thoughts:
Wednesday night the Huskies grabbed defeat in the face of victory. This game epitomized the season. There was a lot of hope at the beginning and disappointment at the end. There were wild swings of momentum which included a late blown dunk by Stanford’s Anthony Brown which led to an NWG 3 and followed-up by a Jernard Jarreau 3 to extend the Huskies’ lead to 69-64 at the 3:18 mark in the second half. That was the last time the Dawgs scored. The obvious momentum turn was the final one with Chasson Randle’s 3 turn finally give the game to the Cardinal.
Of course on a night when the Huskies had its best game of the season from behind the arc (13-20 for 65%), it had its worst game from the free throw line (0-3 for 0%). Dan Kingma’s missed free throw at the end of the game is almost fitting considering NWG missed a free throw which would have beat Stanford in the first meeting in early January. Notably, the other two missed free throws were by Andrew Andrews, the Dawgs best free throw shooter at 82%.
Kingma’s play was inspiring although I would not christen him the next Ryan Appelby. In the end, it was the lack of offense execution and turnovers that allowed Stanford to move to Thursday.