Stanford 73

(6-6, 0-2 Pac-12)

(13) Washington 76

(12-1, 2-0 Pac-12)

    3:30 PM ET, January 2, 2005

    Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington

    1 2 T
    STAN 33 4073
    #13WASH 36 4076

    Top Performers

    Stanford: R. Little 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Stl

    Washington: M. Jensen 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Cardinal stumble to 0-2 start in Pac-10

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Mike Jensen helped Washington (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) show its depth.

    The 6-foot-8 junior forward snapped out a season-long scoring funk with a career-high 17 points Sunday and the Huskies beat Stanford 76-73 for their eighth straight win.

    Jensen was 6-of-9 from the field, hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 67 with 3:12 to play, and his two free throws with 12 seconds left provided the final margin. Stanford's Nick Robinson missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that could have tied the game.

    Jensen entered the game averaging 6.8 points, but first-year Stanford coach Trent Johnson wasn't surprised by the reserve's big day.

    "They have about eight guys who can score," said Johnson, a Seattle native who was an assistant coach with the Huskies from 1989-92. "Mike Jensen is a heck of a player. What makes Washington so good is that no matter who they put in, you have to guard them."

    Jensen said this game will help his confidence.

    "I just got it rolling and it didn't stop," said Jensen, who had seven rebounds. "I finally started hitting the shots that I hit all last year."

    The Huskies (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10) dropped the two-time defending conference champion Cardinal (6-6) to their first 0-2 start in league play since 1990-91. It is also the first time Stanford has been swept on the road by the Washington schools since 1993.

    "This was our best game of the year," said Stanford's Tim Morris. "Washington is good, but we could have beaten them today."

    Tre Simmons also had 17 points for Washington, while Nate Robinson added 10.

    Last March, Simmons led the Huskies with 16 points when they ended the Cardinal's 26-game winning streak.

    Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld each had 15 points for Stanford, while Rob Little and Morris each added 12 and Robinson had 11.

    The Cardinal managed to slow down the pace and every time it looked like Washington would blow the game open, Stanford would crawl back into it.

    "That was stressful," said Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, who has led the Huskies to their best start in 29 years. "It seems like every game it's someone different. Tonight, Mike Jensen was very good at both ends of the floor. It's great for us since we emphasize team so much. A couple of guys always raise up above the crowd and will us to win."

    Jensen's 17-foot jumper gave Washington a 60-49 lead with 9:12 to play, but Stanford responded with a 14-2 run and took its first lead at 63-62 on Grunfeld's 3-pointer with 4:57 to play.

    The Huskies entered the game averaging 90.8 points, second in the nation, but shot just 42 percent from the field.

    Washington had two steals and a 6-0 lead after 64 seconds. The Huskies got the lead to 20-10 with 11:55 in the first half on a 3-pointer from Joel Smith. The Cardinal tied the game at 28 on Hernandez's 16-foot jumper with 4:36 remaining in the half. Washington led 36-33 at halftime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 73 76
    FG Made-Attempted 31-66 (.470) 27-64 (.422)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-19 (.316) 4-7 (.571)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-5 (1.000) 18-27 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 11

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