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The Cardinal shot 39 percent from field

3/7/2004

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Stanford Cardinal never got a chance to pull
off another last-second victory.

The top-ranked Cardinal lost for the first time this season
Saturday, falling 75-62 to Washington two days after rallying to
beat Washington State on a buzzer-beater.

"Nobody likes to lose, especially when you have 26 wins
straight," center Rob Little said. "We can't always have a
miraculous comeback."

Washington's quick and athletic defense forced Stanford into 18
turnovers, and the Cardinal (26-1, 17-1 Pac-10) shot only 39
percent from the field. Starters Josh Childress and Matt Lottich
were in foul trouble early, and Lottich scored just two points on
1-of-11 shooting from the field.

"We were one game away from something pretty special, and we
didn't get it done," coach Mike Montgomery said. "It will take a
while to get over that."

The Cardinal, who also beat Arizona last month on a last-second
shot, had a tough trip to the state of Washington. On Thursday
night, it took Lottich's desperation 3-pointer to beat eighth-place
Washington State 63-61.

"Now we need to go undefeated," Little said, looking ahead to
the conference and NCAA tournaments.

The Cardinal's loss left No. 2 Saint Joseph's (27-0) as the only
undefeated team in the country.

Tre Simmons scored 16 points for unranked Washington (17-10,
12-6), enjoying its first winning season since 1999.

"I said repeatedly that one day I saw this coming,"
second-year coach Lorenzo Romar said. "I didn't know it would
happen this year.

"I thought it would be great if we could knock off the No. 1
team and get into the tournament. It's awfully exciting to be in
this position."

Stanford was trying to become the first Pac-10 team to finish a
perfect conference season. Instead it joined Oregon State and
Arizona as the only teams to go 17-1. The 26-game winning streak
was the longest in the Pac-10 since Oregon State won 26 straight in
1980-81.

Chris Hernandez led Stanford with 21 points, Childress added 15
points and eight rebounds, and Little had 10 points and eight
rebounds.

"It's a good test for us," Lottich said.

No team has completed an undefeated season since Indiana in
1976. Saint Joseph's will enter the Atlantic 10 tournament with a
chance to become the first team to open the NCAA tournament
unbeaten since UNLV in 1991.

Nate Robinson and Mike Jensen each added 13 points for the
Huskies, and Brandon Roy and Will Conroy had 12 apiece.

Romar was a player for the Huskies the only other time they beat
a No. 1 team, UCLA in 1979. They are 2-26 overall against
top-ranked teams.

Many in the record crowd of 10,086 at Bank of America Arena
stormed the floor after the game.

Washington lost its first five conference games, including an
85-72 setback at Stanford, and was in last place in January. Since
then, the Huskies have won 12 of 13 league games to claim second
place. They start four sophomores and a junior.

Stanford was 5-of-24 from 3-point range.

"We didn't get great shots," Montgomery said. "Their
quickness hurt us."

Trailing by 10 at halftime, Stanford scored the first nine
points of the second half to cut it to 35-34, but the Huskies
withstood the run and began scoring again.

"We showed that we can stop a run and go back at them," Jensen
said.

Simmons hit three consecutive 3-pointers to give Washington a
48-40 lead with 7:53 left, and Lottich picked up his fourth foul
during the shooting spree.

"Simmons' three 3s were huge," Montgomery said.

Childress' 3-pointer cut Washington's lead to 60-54, but
Stanford began to foul, and the Huskies made their shots.

Stanford only went to the free-throw line three times, making
them all. Washington made 24 of 30 free throws.

Romar was the coach at Saint Louis when the Billikens beat
top-ranked Cincinnati in 2000.

"I thought about that game before this game," he said.
"People go through their college career and do not get to
experience something like this."