Anthony Brown chose an opportune moment to steal the show in the Stanford Cardinal’s 69-56 win over the Washington State Cougars on Saturday.
Stanford pounced early with a quick 14-3 lead and never trailed at Washington State from the opening tip.
Brown took control early, scoring 20 points in the first half. But the Cougars came back from behind to put the game back within five with 9:17 left. The Cardinal responded with a seven-point scoring drive, including two driving baskets by Brown, to regain control. The Cardinal shot 63 percent in the half.
The Cardinal currently reside on the cusp for the NCAA bracket this season (16-8, 7-5 Pac-12). A loss to WSU, just shortly after a loss at Washington, would have potentially thwarted Stanford’s lessening hopes of a spot in the NCAA tournament bracket. The Cardinal came into the game with an RPI of 46, putting them on the bubble. A loss to one of the worst teams in the league would have inarguably skewed their chances.
Anthony Brown rose to the call, delivering a career-high 30 points. Brown hit 8-of-10 field goal tries and 10-of-11 from the foul line. Chasson Randle was the only other of the Cardinal in double figures, adding 14 points of his own.