DaVonte Lacy scored a team-high 25 points as the Washington State men beat visiting Stanford 89-88 to end a four-game losing streak in the Pac-12.
PULLMAN – Washington State’s Ny Redding lost his starting position at guard before Saturday’s game against Stanford.
But Redding, a freshman, sank two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to help the Cougars post an 89-88 victory over the Cardinal.
“Ny Redding showed tremendous character,” Washington State coach Ernie Kent said. “He came off the bench with energy. He handled the situation well. Typically someone would have pouted in that situation.”
After WSU lost four games in a row, Kent decided to shake up the lineup and replaced Redding with Que Johnson, who scored 14 points.
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“Que responded in a big-time way,” Kent said.
Chasson Randle scored 33 points in a losing cause for Stanford (15-6, 6-3 Pac-12).
“We need to play better for 40 minutes,” said Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins, who saw his team squander a big first-half lead.
DaVonte Lacy scored 25 points for Washington State (10-11, 4-5).
“There are great guards in this conference, and Lacy is near the top of that list,” Dawkins said.
Stanford shot 42.9 percent in the second half to allow the Cougars to maintain the one-point lead they had at halftime. Washington State shot 60 percent in the second half and 55 percent for the game.
At UCLA 72, Colorado 59
Norman Powell scored 22 points and the Bruins (13-9, 5-4) broke open a tie game with a 25-4 blitz in the second half to beat the Buffaloes (11-10, 4-5).
Kevon Looney added 14 points and 10 rebounds for UCLA. Colorado got 16 points from Askia Booker.
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