WSU faces Stanford for senior night

Elleby has six points against the Cardinal this season; Bonton’s participation hopeful



Senior guard Jervae Robinson prepares to break though Oregon’s defense on Jan. 16, at Beasley Coliseum.

RYAN ROOT, Evergreen reporter

WSU men’s basketball will face the Stanford University Cardinal at 5 p.m. on Sunday in Beasley Coliseum for their last home game of the 2019-20 season.

Last time WSU (14-13, 5-9) faced Stanford (16-9, 5-7) it was an 88-62 loss on the road for WSU; the Cougars’ largest margin of loss this season. Stanford recorded its season high in total points and WSU allowed a season high in opponent points.

Junior guard Isaac Bonton led the Cougars in scoring this game with 15 points. Sophomore forward CJ Elleby, WSU’s leading scorer this season, scored just six points against Stanford in January. This was his worst scoring performance this season.

Head coach Kyle Smith said that Bonton’s participation on Sunday remains hopeful with no certainty.

Freshman guard Ryan Rapp said everyone in the point guard position will have to step up with Bonton’s absence.

Now WSU looks to come away with a home win against Stanford to even out the season series, though WSU has not defeated Stanford in Beasley since Jan. 31, 2015.

Stanford started its Pac-12 regular season strong by winning its first four games. Since then, the Cardinal have won two of its last nine matchups. It just broke a four-game losing streak with a 72-64 over the University of Washington.

The Cardinal sit at seventh place in the Pac-12 standings and 37th in the Division 1 net rankings.

Regardless of the recent winning struggles, Stanford maintained its dominant 3-point attack since facing WSU last. The Cardinal rank third in the Pac-12 and 29th in the nation in 3-point percentage with 37.1 percent.

Stanford junior forward Oscar da Silva and freshman guard Tyrell Terry both lead the team in scoring with averages over 15 points per game individually. Both combined for 37 points against WSU in the first matchup.

Senior guard Jervae Robinson and senior forward Jeff Pollard will make their final regular season appearance on Sunday in Beasley to cap off their careers with WSU. Pollard said this game against Stanford is one last opportunity to end on a high note for WSU basketball.

The Cougars will tip off against Stanford for their final home game this season at 5 p.m. Sunday in Beasley Coliseum. The game will air on ESPNU.