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February 24, 2006
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SEATTLE - Forward Mike Jensen made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 18 points, leading No. 17 Washington past Stanford 75-57 on Thursday night to keep its hopes alive for a Pac-10 regular season title.
Brandon Roy continued his outstanding play of late with 23 points, six rebounds and seven assists. The back-to-back conference player of the week scored at least 20 points for the eighth straight game.
Roy was efficient, making 7-of-13 shots and was 8-for-8 on free throws. Jamaal Williams added 10 points off the bench for Washington, which won its fifth straight.
The loss dealt a serious blow to Stanford's hopes of making a 12th straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal (13-11, 9-6) lost for the fourth time in their last five games and have beat just one ranked opponent this season - Washington on Jan. 29.
This night hardly resembled the first matchup.
In that meeting, Washington led 63-60 when Huskies' freshman Justin Dentmon fouled Stanford's Chris Hernandez on a 3-pointer with .2 seconds left. Hernandez made all three free throws to force overtime and the Cardinal pulled away for a 76-67 win.
Harassed all night by Washington's vocal student section, Hernandez was miserable on Thursday night. He missed his first six shots and finished with nine points on 2-for-13 shooting.
With Stanford starting in a zone defense to slow the Huskies inside play, Washington's complementary players took advantage from the perimeter.
Jensen, who'd made just 13 3-pointers all season, hit his first four attempts and was 5-of-7 from behind the arc in the first half. Joel Smith came off the bench to make both of his 3-pointers and the Huskies were 8-for-11 in the first half and 10-of-18 for the game.
The 3-point barrage forced Stanford from its zone defense and opened up the paint for Roy, who became more aggressive, scoring twice on drives in the lane, while handing out five assists in the first half.
The Cardinal couldn't keep up. Stanford scored 20 of its 28 first half points in the paint and finished 3-of-14 on 3-pointers.For more coverage of the Washington Huskies, check out HuskyDigest.com.
For more coverage of the Stanford Cardinal, check out CardinalReport.com.