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Pickens scores 28, leads Stanford past Washington St. 79-70
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Final Score: STANFORD 79, WASHINGTON ST 70
 
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By Ricky Hester, Associated Press
 

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Dorian Pickens had a career-high 28 points, including a key 3-pointer with 76 seconds left, to help Stanford beat Washington State 79-70 on Thursday night.

Pickens, who came in 10 of 35 from 3-point range this season, made 7-of-10 3-pointers. Freshman Kezie Okpala added a career-best 21 points and Daejon Davis scored 15 on 6-of-7 shooting for Stanford (9-8, 3-1 Pac-12).

The Cougars led 55-47 when WSU's Kwinton Hinson committed a hard foul on Reid Travis and both players had to be separated by teammates. Stanford responded with a 21-3 run over the next nine minutes, 57 seconds, despite going six-plus minutes without a field goal during that stretch, to make it 68-58 with 6:26 to play. Washington State twice cut its deficit to three points from there, but Pickens hit two 3s as the Cardinal held on for its third win in a row.

Washington State made 11 of its first 12 field-goal attempts, including 4-of-4 3-pointers, but Pickens had 22 first-half points on 8-of-9 shooting. He hit back-to-back 3s to give Stanford a two-point lead before Malachi Flynn closed the half with three 3-pointers.

The Cardinal, who rallied for wins after being down 13 points at UCLA and 15 against USC, trailed 45-38 at halftime on Thursday.

Flynn led Washington State (8-8, 0-4) with 24 points, including seven 3-pointers. Milan Acquaah added 10 points, while Drick Bernstine scored eight and grabbed 12 rebounds. Robert Franks, who came in averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game, had eight points and six of WSU's 22 turnovers.

Travis, who came in the Pac-12's third-leading scorer (21.3 per game) and Stanford's second-leading rebounder (7.6), finished the game with six points and six rebounds.

Big Picture

Stanford: After come from behind wins against UCLA, USC and Washington State, the Cardinal have now won three straight games

Washington State: After starting the season 6-0, the Cougars are now 8-8 and have lost four straight to start Pac-12 play.

Up Next

Stanford: The Cardinal travel to face Washington on Saturday.

Washington State: The Cougars will stay at home and face California on Saturday.

 
 
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