Murray pops for 25 as Washington beats Stanford 64-53
Feb. 21, 2016
SEATTLE (AP) — When the openings were there, Washington's Dejounte Murray would attack. He would slip and slither his way into the gaps of Stanford's zone defense and while he didn't score every time, he found the bottom of the net enough for the Huskies to snap their losing skid.
"He was born with some shiftiness and there are not a lot of people that have that like that," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.
Murray carried Washington with 25 points on a night Pac-12 leading scorer Andrew Andrews was limited by a knee strain, and Washington snapped its four-game losing streak with a 64-53 win over Stanford on Saturday.
Marquese Chriss added 11 and the Huskies (16-11, 8-7 Pac-12) picked up a needed victory to keep its slim NCAA tournament hopes alive, despite Andrews failing to score in double figures for just the second time this season. Andrews, the Pac-12 leader in scoring at 20.4 points, finished with eight points, all coming at the free-throw line.
Romar said after the game that Andrews suffered a strained MCL in his knee in Washington's loss to California on Thursday and did not practice Friday.
"He was a little limited. We told him to use his head and he came out in that second half and was like a maestro," Romar said.
The Huskies kept their slim hopes for an at-large berth alive by rebounding from four losses that came by a combined 17 points. But Washington still likely needs a split next week against the Oregon schools.
And a win over Stanford was a must.
Murray made up for an off-day by Andrews and fellow perimeter shooters David Crisp and Dominic Green. The trio was a combined 0-of-18 shooting and Washington was just 3 of 22 on 3-point attempts.
But Murray could not be slowed. He made 10 of 14 shots, the majority of those driving to the basket when he found openings in Stanford's defense. He also grabbed nine rebounds and had a key assist on Malik Dime's dunk in the closing minutes that helped extend Washington's lead. Dime finished with 10 points.
Murray topped the 20-point mark for the fourth time in conference play and sixth time this season, and he was quick to give credit to Andrews.
"(Andrews) didn't really care about scoring as you can tell and he was facilitating the whole game," Murray said.
Rosco Allen led Stanford (13-12, 6-8) with 20 points, but no other Cardinal scored in double figures. Stanford saw its two-game win streak end and committed 20 turnovers, the most in conference play.
"Second half we weren't as poised as we needed to be," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "They are long, active, very athletic and I don't think we showed the poise you need to have against a team like that."
Despite going scoreless for more than 5 minutes early in the second half, Washington was able to take the lead on Matisse Thybulle's 3-point play with 13:41 left that snapped the Huskies' scoring drought and was followed by Murray's left-handed drive to the rim and a 3-pointer from Chriss. Andrews was fouled shooting a 3 and finally got on the scoresheet, hitting two of three free throws and Washington's lead was 40-35 with 11:58 remaining.
Stanford pulled within 40-39, but Allen missed a driving layup attempt that could have given the Cardinal the lead. Thybulle answered with another 3-point play, and Dime's lob dunk from Andrews gave the Huskies a 45-39 lead with 8:59 left. Murray's driving layup 90 seconds later pushed Washington's lead to 49-41, its largest of the game.
Stanford pulled within four twice, but Washington stemmed every run. Murray capped his night with a breakaway dunk in the final minute as the Huskies pushed their lead to 15.
Stanford: After scoring a career-high 26 points on Thursday against Washington State, Michael Humphrey was 1-of-10 shooting and finished with four points. ... Stanford's 53 points were third-fewest this season.
Washington: Washington finished with 20 made shots — 10 by Murray. ... The 53 points were a season-low allowed by the Huskies.
Stanford: The Cardinal host USC on Thursday.
Washington: The Huskies travel to Oregon State on Wednesday