Cougars still cannot win in Stanford

WSU outscored 46-18 in first half, scored 44 second half points in loss

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ABIGAIL LINNENKOHL | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Under pressure, sophomore forward CJ Elleby drives through the University of Idaho Vandals defense looking for a layup in the matchup against the Vandals on Dec. 4 at the Kibbie Dome.

RYAN ROOT, Evergreen reporter

The Stanford Cardinal defeated the WSU men’s basketball team 88-62 on Saturday to end its Pac-12 opener road trip in Stanford, California.

Stanford (14-2, 3-0) has now extended its home-game winning streak against WSU to seven games. The Cougars (10-7, 1-3) have lost back-to-back Pac-12 games for the first time this year.

Junior guard Isaac Bonton led the team in scoring for the fifth time this season with 15 points. Senior forward Jeff Pollard secured 10 rebounds, the second double-digit rebound game for Pollard’s career.

Junior forward Daron Henson came off the bench with 12 points for a new career high. This is Henson’s second game played this season, his last game played was against the Seattle University Redhawks when he scored two points. Henson shot four of six from the 3-point line, tied for the most 3-pointers made by a Cougar this season.

Sophomore forward CJ Elleby finished the game with a season-low six points and the second time in single digits this season. Elleby obtained his point total with two 3-pointers in the second half, the first coming 12 minutes into the half.

The contest was tied at two within the first 90 seconds of the game. The Cougars did not tie nor lead after this point. Stanford went on a 10-0 run until WSU made its second basket with 14:45 left in the first half off of a layup by Pollard. Stanford then prevented WSU from scoring for the next five minutes to lead 26-7.

The first half ended with a 46-18 Stanford lead, which is the largest WSU deficit this season. WSU shot 24 percent from the field, 21 percent from three and 20 percent from the free throw line. This was the highest first half point total for a WSU opponent, and the fewest points scored by the Cougars this season in a half.

WSU scored 44 points in the second half; two points shy of a new season high for its most points in a second half. WSU outscored the Cardinal in the second half, but Stanford’s first half lead put the game out of reach. This is the largest margin of loss for WSU this season.

WSU will return home to take on the No. 9 University of Oregon Ducks at 6 p.m. Thursday at Beasley Coliseum. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports 1.