Cardinal Nips Cougars In Overtime
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Stanford's Matt Lottich scored 17 points Thursday night as the Cardinal rallied for a 73-68 overtime victory against Washington State.
Stanford (12-4, 3-1 Pac-10) trailed 14-2 after five minutes, 40-26 at the half and 44-33 early in the second half before scoring 18 unanswered points.
Washington State (5-9, 0-5) came back to take small leads during most of the final six minutes, but the score was tied at 61 at the end of regulation after WSU's Chris Schlatter missed the first of two free throws with 3.1 seconds left.
Schlatter had 17 points for the Cougars, who have lost 13 in a row to Stanford.
Julius Barnes, Stanford's only senior regular and the team leader with 14 points per game, scored eight of his 16 points in the final 6:20. His 3-pointer with 23.8 seconds left in regulation gave the Cardinal a 61-60 lead, and he sank 3 of 4 free throws in overtime.
Barnes also played strong defense down the stretch against rival point guard Marcus Moore, who started the night as the Pac-10's leading scorer with 21 points per game. Moore, playing on an injured ankle, scored all seven of his points in the first half. He went 3-for-14 from the field, including 0-for-7 after the first half.
The Cougars missed 6 of 12 free throws, including 3 of 6 in overtime.
Stanford, last in the Pac-10 in free-throw shooting percentage coming into the
game at 63 percent, made 18 of 27 free throws (72.7 percent).
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