With his team already outplaying its visitors from Seattle, Stanford guard Chasson Randle scoffed at the shot-clock buzzer with a deep heave midway through Saturday’s second half.
It went in, like most of the Cardinal’s field-goal attempts against the Washington Huskies, a deflating bucket that spurred Stanford’s 79-67 victory over UW before a crowd of 4,503 at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.
Randle’s prayer of a 3-pointer was not the difference in the game. It simply illustrated how little the Huskies could do to stop him. The junior led all scorers with 33 points on 11-for-15 shooting, slashing to the rim and knocking down jumpers en route to a victory that dropped the Huskies to 3-3 in conference play.
It was not a good trip to the Bay Area for the Huskies, who began this two-game road swing by losing, 82-56, on Wednesday at California. Saturday’s game wasn’t nearly as lopsided, though the Huskies again failed on the defensive end – their 5-for-20 clip from 3-point range didn’t help, either – allowing Stanford to shoot 54.2 percent from the field.
To that end, Randle was nearly unguardable. He scored 14 points in the first half and 19 in the second, made 10 of his 13 free-throw attempts, and his only 3-pointer was the deep, unlikely bucket he sank as the shot clock expired with 13:28 to play.
The Huskies were led in scoring by freshman Nigel Williams-Goss, whose trio of 3-pointers in the final minutes pushed him to 17 points. Junior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. scored a season-high 13 points while grabbing six rebounds and only committing two fouls, by far his best game of the season.
Utah 74, (25) UCLA 69: Jordan Loveridge scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead a balanced attack as the Utes held off a late rally to surprise the 25th-ranked Bruins in Salt Lake City.
Delon Wright, Brandon Taylor and Kenneth Ogbe each scored 12 points to help the Utes earn their first victory over the Bruins since the 1983 NCAA tournament.
Kyle Anderson had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for UCLA, and Zach LaVine added 15 off the bench for the Bruins.
(21) Colorado 83, Southern Cal 62: Josh Scott scored 20 points, Askia Booker had 13, and the Buffaloes, shaken by the loss of star guard Spencer Dinwiddie to a season-ending knee injury, rebounded from its first home defeat to rout the Trojans in Boulder, Colo.
Xavier Johnson and Jaron Hopkins had 10 points each for Colorado, which sent Southern Cal to its season-high fifth consecutive loss. It is the worst start in conference play for the Trojans since opening the 2012 season with an eight-game skid.
Omar Oraby and J.T Terrell both had 16 points to lead the Trojans.
Colorado was coming off a 69-56 loss to No. 25 UCLA. It was the Buffaloes’ first game without Dinwiddie, who was leading the team in scoring, assists and steals when he tore his left ACL during a loss at Washington last Sunday. Colorado also lost Tre’Shaun Fletcher, a key reserve, for 6 to 8 weeks when he injured his knee against UW.