STANFORD, Calif. – During a scramble for a loose ball knocked to midcourt, Chasson Randle was the first to retrieve the ball.
The Stanford student section screamed “5, 4, 3, 2 …,” which let him know how much time he had to split two Huskies and launch a three-pointer from beyond the top of the key that nestled into the bottom of the net.
On the Cardinal’s next possession, Randle beat the buzzer again, this time converting an acrobatic layup over two Washington players.
It was that type of night for the Huskies, who lost 79-67 in front of 4,503 at Maples Pavilion.
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“It’s tough,” UW freshman Nigel Williams-Goss said. “We played really good defense for 34 seconds and the guy steps through and hits a big shot. I got to give credit to him.”
The Huskies played well enough to keep pace with Stanford, but they had no answer for Randle who scored a career-high-tying 33 points on a brilliant array of dribble drives that resulted in layups or foul shots.
The 6-foot-2 junior guard was 11 of 15 and made 10 of 13 free throws.
“That was a real spark for us his ability to get into the paint and create for himself,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “It also just broke the defense down and allowed the other guys to get looks as well.”
Washington also had difficulty with 6-10 forward Dwight Powell, who had 17 and 10 rebounds.
Paired with 6-11 center Stefan Nasstic and 6-7 forward Josh Huestis (13 points and 10 rebounds), the Cardinal pushed the Huskies out of the paint and forced them to take perimeter shots.
Washington was 5 for 20 on three-pointers while Stanford (12-5, 3-2 Pac-12) feasted was 24 of 34 at the free-throw line.
“We have a big lineup out there a lot of times with Josh, Dwight and Stef and most teams we play, we’re the bigger team,” Dawkins said. “One our strengths is getting in position so we can get fouled. We made a concerted effort to get the ball inside.”
Washington trailed 41-36 at halftime and the Huskies were down 47-41 with 16:42 left when forward Perris Blackwell picked up his fourth foul.
Without Blackwell, Washington has struggled in the past, but this time backup forward Shawn Kemp Jr. took over down low.
“It felt good just to help my team,” said Kemp, who scored a season-high 13 points and six rebounds.
The Huskies drew a fourth foul on Powell at the 7:32 mark and appeared poised to make one final run.
Trailing by seven, Washington lost track of Randle, who weaved to the basket for another layup despite being fouled. His ensuing free throw gave Stanford a 68-58 lead with 4:36 left.
Thanks to late heroics from Williams-Goss, the Huskies kept things close in the final minutes. But Washington (11-8, 3-3) never got closer than seven points.
C.J. Wilcox, who entered the game second in the Pac-12 in scoring, finished with nine points, his first game this season in single digits.
“He’s one of the best players in our league, but the thing that we did well was we identified him and we tried to find him,” Dawkins said. “As soon as he came out across half court you have to find out where he is because he can shoot from that far.”
Including Wednesday’s 82-56 loss at California, UW was swept in the Bay Area.
Despite the defeats, coach Lorenzo Romar hinted the Huskies may have discovered a missing piece in Kemp.
“Now that Shawn is back healthy and strong, him and Perris can play together more,” Romar said. “We can play bigger when we need to.”