STANFORD, Calif. — With a chance to sweep the regular-season series against Stanford and move into a second-place tie in the Pac-12 standings, the enigmatic Washington men’s basketball team came out flat in front of a Maples Pavilion crowd and fell behind by 13 points after 6½ minutes. 

The Huskies spent the rest of the game making amends for their early mistakes while chasing down Stanford with a frenetic and frantic comeback bid that fizzled midway through the second half and resulted in a lopsided 87-69 defeat Sunday afternoon.

The loss snapped Washington’s three-game winning streak and dropped the Huskies to 12-9 overall and sixth in the league race at 7-4 with nine regular-season games remaining. 

“It was an important game because we had a chance to keep the momentum going and really make a move (in the Pac-12 standings),” said UW star Terrell Brown Jr., who finished with 30 points — nine more than his Pac-12 leading scoring average — seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. “Just a bad loss because of what was at stake, but we can learn from this.  

“It’s never a good feeling to lose like this. … We pride ourselves on being the hungrier team, but they were hungrier than us today.” 

Brown delivered another masterpiece and became the first Pac-12 player to tally the 30-7-6-5 benchmark in a game since at least 2010, according to the Pac-12. 

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“Interesting statistic,” said Brown, who sank 13 of 23 shots and played 39 minutes. “I don’t really care about my stats to be honest. I grew up playing at Garfield (High) and Seattle U (believing) it being about wins and losses, especially being a point guard. Getting a win is always the most important thing if not the only thing that really matters. 

“That stat is cool, but even if I had zero points and zero assists and didn’t do anything but sit on the bench and we won the game, I’d be happy. … It’s a cool stat to have, but I would take the win any day of the week.” 

Brown did it all on a day when the Huskies had difficulty finding any other consistent offensive option.  

Jamal Bey, who scored a season-high 20 points three days earlier during an 84-63 blowout win at California, was virtually nonexistent Sunday due to foul trouble that limited him to just three points on 1-for-8 shooting in 20 minutes. 

Meanwhile, Stanford removed UW’s other potential scoring threat Daejon Davis with a hard foul that spoiled the former Cardinal standout’s return to Maples Pavilion. 

Davis ran into a screen near the sideline from Cardinal senior Lukas Kisunas, a 6-foot-10 and 265-pound forward, and collapsed on the court. After several minutes, the Husky senior guard walked gingerly to the locker room holding his right shoulder and did not return with 12:39 left in the first half. 

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The sequence was an example of a physical game that included several hard collisions, bodies falling on the floor and big men finishing at the rim with a handful of powerful dunks. 

“Next man up,” Brown said. “We all know that injuries and foul trouble are a part of the game, but we always tell ourselves it’s another dude’s opportunity to step up and make big plays.” 

UW backup guard PJ Fuller had a nice stretch in the first half when he drained three three-pointers, but he finished with 11 points and didn’t make a field goal in the second half. 

No other Husky had more than seven points while Stanford enjoyed a balanced scoring attack that included four players with at least 12 points. The Cardinal also crushed UW on the glass 48-30, which offset their 20 turnovers. 

“We’ve got to be really good defensively,” UW coach Mike Hopkins said. “I felt like we didn’t have that energy. We lost assignments. We were breaking down. We were making mental mistakes. … You can’t depend on making shots every night. But we can have our assignments. Be active defensively and fly around. Tonight, just didn’t do it.” 

Stanford converted 11 of 27 three-pointers, which was an area of concern for the Huskies. 

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“When teams make 10 threes against us, we don’t have a great record,” Hopkins said, noting UW is 0-3 when opponents convert at least 10 three-pointers. “It’s one of the things that we do. Hats off to Stanford. Those guys move the ball well. They got in the paint and found their shooters. You’ve got to be able to knock them down and they did.  

“The problem was if they missed, they got the rebound. That was their physicality. They’re not a small team. They are big at every position.” 

In their previous matchup this season, the Huskies forced 21 turnovers, limited Stanford to just six threes and led by 22 points in the first half before holding on to a 67-64 win Jan. 15 at Alaska Airlines Arena. 

This time, the Cardinal captured the big early lead and made the perimeter shots that ultimately decided the game. 

Stanford led 15-2, which rekindled painful memories for UW fans of the Huskies’ horrific start at Oregon on Jan. 23 in which they trailed 48-13 at halftime before suffering a humiliating 84-56 defeat. 

On Sunday, Washington displayed a fair amount of resiliency while answering Stanford’s initial salvo with a 14-2 run that included 10 straight points to pull within 17-16. 

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“They came and hit us right between the eyes,” Hopkins said. “We just didn’t have that pop at the start, but we were able to regain it and get it back to 2 or 3. Daejon got the screen and was out. I think that took air out of our sails a little bit. They were really aggressive and shot the ball well with eight threes in the first half.” 

The Huskies never took the lead and Stanford reasserted its control late in the first half to go up 43-29 with 3:08 left before the break. 

Washington trailed 46-33 at halftime and never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way. 

Jaiden Delare scored 18 points, James Keefe and Harrison Ingram each had 17 and Spencer Jones 12 for Stanford (14-8, 7-5), which shot 50.8% percent on field goals. UW shot 39.1% from the floor, including 6 of 22 on threes. 

“It’s a long season,” Hopkins said. “You’re going to have days when the ball just doesn’t go in. You’re going to have days when you dribble it off your foot and the stars are not aligned. We’ve just got to bounce back.  

“If you lose by one or you lose by 60, you still lose. You’ve got to learn from it and you’ve got to bounce back. This team has a lot of character. We believe in them and I know they believe in themselves. We know we have to play better. When you play really good teams, you can’t get out toughed. And we got out toughed today.” 

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