STANFORD, CALIF. — With his team already outplaying its visitors from Seattle, Stanford guard Chasson Randle scoffed at the shot-clock buzzer with a deep heave midway through Saturday’s second half.
It went in, like most of the Cardinal’s field-goal attempts against the Washington Huskies, a deflating bucket that spurred Stanford’s 79-67 victory over UW before a crowd of 4,503 at Maples Pavilion.
Randle’s prayer of a 3-pointer was not the difference in the game. It simply illustrated how little the Huskies (11-8, 3-3 Pac-12 Conference) could do to stop him. The junior led all scorers with 33 points on 11-for-15 shooting, slashing to the rim and knocking down jumpers en route to a victory.
“Second half, we didn’t do a very good job of keeping him out of the lane,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar. “He spun on us, he got in the lane. We didn’t do a very good job of it. He’s a heck of a player when he gets going.”
It was not a pleasant trip to the Bay Area for the Huskies, who began this two-game road swing by losing, 82-56, on Wednesday at California. Saturday’s affair wasn’t nearly as lopsided, though the Huskies again failed on the defensive end – their 5-for-20 clip from 3-point range didn’t help, either – and allowed Stanford to shoot 54.2 percent from the field.
To that end, Randle was nearly unguardable. He scored 14 points in the first half and 19 in the second, made 10 of his 13 free-throw attempts, and his only 3-pointer was the deep, unlikely bucket he sank as the shot clock expired with 13:28 to play.
“We played really good defense for 34 seconds,” said UW point guard Nigel Williams-Goss of that possession. “The guy steps through and hits a big shot. … Plays like that, we felt like we did our job and some things didn’t go our way.”
That shot gave Stanford (12-5, 3-2) a 52-43 lead. Washington, after trailing by five at halftime, didn’t come closer than seven points the rest of the game.
Williams-Goss led the Huskies in scoring, as he hit a trio of 3-pointers in the final four minutes to finish with 17 points, along with seven rebounds and six assists. Junior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. scored a season-high 13 points while grabbing six rebounds and committing only two fouls.
“I was glad I could contribute as much as I could to the team tonight, even though we lost,” said Kemp, who says he has regained his strength and endurance after he was sidelined for much of preseason practice due to complications from a thyroid condition called Graves Disease. “… When we have practice when we get back, there’s things we have to work on for the next game, because the next team we play (Oregon), it’s not going to get any easier.”
Kemp’s uptick in production was welcome. But UW’s usual leading scorers were stymied, including senior guard C.J. Wilcox, who made just 4 of 13 field-goal attempts – he was 1 for 6 from 3-point range – and scored a season-low nine points.
Stanford’s size proved bothersome. Or, at least, 6-foot-10 forward Dwight Powell did. He lived at the free throw line in the first half, attempting 11 in that span – he made eight – while scoring 12 first-half points. Powell finished with 17 points, 11 of them coming at the free throw line.
Stanford finished with 24 made free throws on 34 attempts. Washington attempted just nine.
“We didn’t totally stink it up,” Romar said. “The Cal game, we did. But we came back, we played better tonight. Not good enough to get the win. I don’t know how much we take from it. We’ve just got to regroup and get back home.”
HUSKIES GAME RECAP
STANFORD 79, WASHINGTON 67
Player of the game: Easy — Stanford guard Chasson Randle scored 33 points on 11-for-15 shooting, slicing UW’s defense seemingly whenever he wanted to. Randle also was 10-for-13 on free throws, and played 37 minutes.
It was over when: Randle knocked down an improbable 3-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer to give the Cardinal a nine-point lead midway through the second half, then made a layup to put them up by 11. UW didn’t get closer than seven points after that.
Stat of the game: Stanford was aggressive and got in the paint, and because of that, it attempted 34 free-throws and made 24. The Huskies attempted nine, making six.
Quootable: “It’s tough. He’s a great player. He really had it going tonight. Obviously with the new rules, it makes it hard to guard a lot of people. Credit to him, he had a great night.” — UW point guard Nigel Williams-Goss
What it means: Washington’s small lineup is still a concern, though the Huskies defended Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis better than they did Randle. That’s a concern in itself, too. UW’s new-look defense is designed to eliminate easy layups off dribble penetration, and Randle made a bunch of those. Their next opponent, Oregon, has similar athletes. UW must regroup quickly.
Next: Oregon at Washington, 8 p.m. Thursday, Fox Sports 1