Washington 77

(11-5, 1-4 Pac-12)

Stanford 78

(10-4, 2-2 Pac-12)

    10:30 PM ET, January 11, 2007

    Maples Pavilion, Stanford, California

    1 2 T
    WASH 36 4177
    STAN 38 4078

    Top Performers

    Washington: J. Brockman 23 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast

    Stanford: L. Hill 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Goods hits tie-breaking free throws, lifts Stanford over Washington

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- The Stanford Cardinal are getting comfortable working the clutch.

    The Washington Huskies (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today) are still stalling at inopportune times.

    Anthony Goods scored 19 points and hit the tie-breaking free throws with 27.5 seconds to play as Stanford rallied for its 14th consecutive home victory over Washington, 78-77 Thursday night.

    Lawrence Hill scored 18 points and converted a three-point play with 41 seconds left for the Cardinal (10-4, 2-2 Pac-10), who trailed for most of the second half before holding on in the tense final seconds. Robin Lopez scored a career-high 17 points and his 7-foot twin Brook had 12 for the Cardinal, with the brothers combining for seven blocked shots.

    Stanford followed a last-second victory over Virginia on Sunday with another nail-biter. Though the Cardinal are nearly as young as the Huskies' underclassmen-dominated lineup, Stanford did nearly everything correct in the final seconds.

    "The way we won today and Sunday doesn't happen often, so we're lovin' it," Hill said. "As long as we have that kind of play in the close games, that makes me proud of my guys."

    Neither team led by more than seven points in an entertaining game between two appropriately desperate teams. After strong preseasons, both clubs got off to slow starts in Pac-10 play with just one victory apiece, making the weekend key for both teams' hopes of staying in the conference race.

    Jon Brockman had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Justin Dentmon scored 15 points for the Huskies (11-5, 1-4), who haven't won at Maples Pavilion since 1993. This time, they went nearly 4½ minutes without a point late in their fourth loss in five conference games after a 10-1 preseason.

    There were plenty of Huskies to blame for the final-minute failures: Quincy Pondexter missed a potential go-ahead free throw with 29 seconds left; Ryan Appleby committed a foolhardy foul that led to Goods' free throws; Phil Nelson's ill-advised pass was stolen with 16 seconds left; and Nelson then missed a 3-pointer right before the buzzer.

    "We were probably our own worst enemy down the stretch," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "We just didn't play smart. I'll leave it at that."

    Stanford coach Trent Johnson could have no such complaints after a victory that should instill plenty of confidence before Saturday's visit from No. 22 Washington State. Three of the Cardinal's four losses have been at home this season.

    "It's good to play well at home," Johnson said. "Man, we beat a really, really good team tonight. Our defense played really well. They're very skilled, but we managed to find a way to win down the stretch."

    Washington led 71-66 on Dentmon's layup with 5½ minutes left, but couldn't score in the next 4:17. Stanford took a 72-71 lead on Goods' free throws with 2:30 to play, but Dentmon drove for a three-point play with 1:15 left to put Washington back in front.

    Lawrence Hill then missed a tough shot for Stanford, but stole the ball and hit an unlikely leaner while being fouled with 41 seconds left. His free throw put the Cardinal back in front, 75-74.

    Pondexter hit one of two free throws to tie it as Hill fouled out -- yet Appleby then quickly fouled Goods, who put Stanford back up by two. Nelson's unwise pass into the paint was deflected and stolen by Fred Washington, and Taj Finger hit another free throw before Brockman tipped in Nelson's miss in the final second.

    Stanford's twin freshman 7-footers started together for the second straight game and provided some lively inside action with Brockman and Spencer Hawes, the Huskies' own freshman 7-footer, who had six points on 3-of-12 shooting before fouling out on Hill's last-minute shot.

    Pondexter, the Lopez twins' teammate at Fresno's San Joaquin Memorial High School last season, scored nine points on 2-of-10 shooting in his third straight game as a reserve after starting his first 13 games at Washington. The trio laughed and posed for photographs together after the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 78
    FG Made-Attempted 33-69 (.478) 30-55 (.545)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-10 (.400) 6-18 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-11 (.636) 12-19 (.632)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 7

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