After a bit of a scare in the second half from the Utah Utes (11-17, 3-12 Pac-12), the Stanford Cardinal (17-13, 8-9 Pac-12) take their last victory at home by the final of 84-66.
For the Stanford Cardinal the first half was all about building their lead that they would not give up after just 3:05 passed in the first half. They were able to accomplish this with the help of an 11-0 run midway through the first half to take the score from a 17-13 Cardinal leave to a 28-13 lead. From there they kept that lead until the end of the half and took a 44-31 advantage into the locker room.
At the beginning of the second half Utah went on an 11-2 run to close the gap and make it just a four-point Stanford lead. The run included seven straight points from Utah’s Jarred DoBois. Immediately after that the Cardinal went on a 9-0 run of their own to once again give themselves some breathing room. John Gage was key in that run scoring five of those nine points; two off free throws and hitting a three pointer.
After another run of seven-straight points the Cardinal made it known that they were taking this victory and the Utes has no say in the matter. The game ended with the final score being 84-66.
Leading scorers of the game were Chasson Randle from the Cardinal who scored 22 points including 4-9 from behind the arc and added six assists. On the Utah side it was Jarred DuBois who also scored 22 points and was a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line.
Also key in the game for Stanford were Dwight Powell, Gabriel Harris, and John Gage. Powell scored 15 points and pulled in eight rebounds while senior guard Harris scored 14 points and brought down seven boards of his own. Big man John Gage continued his great three-point shooting season by scoring nine of his 11 points from outside.
Stanford will wrap up its season this Wednesday against rival Cal at the Haas Pavilion. Then, it’s off to the Pac-12 tournament.