The Washington defense clamped down in the second half. Stanford hit only one of its first eight shots in the second half. And while the UW offense wasn't a blur, they were able to put some daylight between them and the Cardinal.
Washington has now won five of six and are slowly climbing back to the NCAA bubble. It's still a tough climb, however, as Stanford remains 1.5 games ahead of them for that ulta-important sixth-place spot in the Pac-10 standings.
Here is my game story from today's paper, and other notes:
Star of the game: UW center Spencer Hawes returned to the starting lineup after a six-game absence. He led all scorers with 18 points, added seven rebounds, and generally outplayed Stanford's 7-foot freshmen: Robin and Brook Lopez.
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Key stats: Stanford shot 50 percent in the first half, but only 25 percent in the second. Washington outrebounded the Cardinal, 39-33. The Huskies had 11 steals and forced a Pac-10 season-high 19 turnovers.
Key run: Stanford missed eight of its first nine shots in the second half and scored only nine points over the first 17 minutes of the half.
Observations: This was Washington's ninth win in its last 10 home games against ranked teams. … The victory was coach Lorenzo Romar's 100th at UW, a mark also reached by Hec Edmundson, Tippy Dye, Marv Harshman and Bob Bender. … Hawes moved into third place on UW's freshman points list, passing Chris Welp. … UW sophomore Jon Brockman recorded his 11th double-double of the season. … Stanford guard Anthony Goods suffered a left ankle injury midway through the second half and didn't return. … Stanford senior Carlton Weatherby of Tacoma (Curtis) played seven minutes, recording one rebound and two assists. … Five of UW's next six games are against ranked opponents. … Former Husky Jamaal Williams was in attendance.
Quotable: "I don't think there is anything wrong with this team. We lost to a really good (Washington State) team on Thursday, and we lost to an even better team today. That's plain and simple." – Stanford coach Trent Edwards on being swept in the state of Washington.
Next: 7 p.m. Wednesday, vs. Washington State, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.