The Huskies were happy to win -- I assume largely because they'll never have to talk to sportswriters anymore about the Maples losing streak.
My story for the Monday paper is largely about that streak, and the key play that killed it -- the Isaiah Thomas drive with about 2 1/2 minutes left that turned a UW three-point lead into five, and really seemed to quiet the crowd and doom the Cardinal.
The Huskies are now 1/2 game behind UCLA in the Pac-10 race, with the rematch there coming up in a couple of weekends. Otherwise, the schedule really turns in UW's favor now -- six of their final eight games at home. They seem very close to locking down an NCAA tournament bid.
Some other highlights:
Star of the game: Coach Lorenzo Romar called Venoy Overton the game's MVP, and who are we to argue? Overton came off the bench to provide 11 points, five assists, five steals, three rebounds and a lot of defense and energy.
Key stats: Stanford hit nine of 17 free throws (52.9 percent), while UW hit 21 of 28 (75 percent). Stanford also had trouble shooting from the field, hitting 41.9 percent to UW's 47.3. The Huskies outrebounded the Cardinal, 39-34.
Key run: After nine ties and 10 lead changes in the first half, Washington scored the first nine points of the second half to take control, 44-34. Stanford whittled the lead down to three points in the final minutes, but never made it all the way back.
Observations: This was UW's first win at Maples Pavilion since 1993, ending a run of 15 straight losses. … UW senior Jon Brockman had 13 points and 12 rebounds. It was his 53rd career double-double, which is the most among active players. … After going 2-2 over a season-long stretch of four straight road games, the Huskies now end the regular season with six of their final eight games at home.
Quotable: "I'm proud of our guys. I think our guys have done a really good guy through this schedule." – UW coach Lorenzo Romar as the Huskies return home after back-to-back road splits in Arizona and the Bay Area.
Next: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oregon State, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion; FSN.
Final: The Huskies' 10-point lead shunk to three and -- given the history here -- is seemed that another disappointment might be awaiting. However, the Huskies held off the charge this time, winning in Mapled Pavilion after 15 straight losses.
I'll be back with notes and quotes.
11:10 remaining: Washington scored the first nine points of the second half to -- at least for now -- open some daylight in what had been a very close game.
However, some very odd things have happened over Stanford's 15 straight home wins in this series...
Halftime: UW, 35-34. Just a one-point lead, but I'll guess the Huskies will take it because they played a pretty sloppy first half. Stanford, somehow, played a sloppier one, including 11 turnovers, serveral unforced.
Once again, it took the Huskies a good while to remember they've got an all-conference player underneath, as Jon Brockman didn't get his first shot until the game was more than seven minutes old.
Also once again, Quincy Pondexter has picked up the slack offensively, leading with 13 points -- tied for the game-high with Stanford'd Landry Fields, who got 11 of those in the first 11 minutes of the half.
Stanford leading on the boards, 18-17.
Tipoff: Huskies wearing purple and going with their usual starting lineup: Brockman, Dentmon, Pondexter, Gant and Thomas.
Cardinal starting with Mitch Johnson, Landry Fields, Anthony Goods, Lawrence Hill and Josh Owens.
A fair little sprinkling of purple in the stands today, but of course, vastly outnumbered by cardinal. Also some openings of empty seats as the game tips.
I'll report back at halftime or as news breaks.
Pregame: The Huskies and Cardinal are on the floor of Maples Pavilion, beginning warmups for their 2:30 game (FSN).
And it's a big one for the Huskies because if they want to retain their national ranking, they'll likely need this one. (A split on this trip should do it, because a lot of ranked teams lost yesterday.) They also better win if they want to retain any hope of catching UCLA in the Pac-10 race, because the Bruins look like they've figured something out since their loss at UW.
We'll have our normal gameday drill here: pregame news as it happens, a couple of in-game updates, and then postgame notes and quotes.