The Stanford Cardinal lost their third straight game Wednesday night, putting their NCAA tournament hopes squarely on the bubble after a 59-56 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes at Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal (18-11, 9-8 Pac-12 Conference) fell out of a fourth-place tie in the conference race, making a nice second-half run to get back in the game before faltering down the stretch.
The Buffaloes (21-9, 10-7) were also part of that tie for the final bye in next week’s conference tournament in Las Vegas and led by eight, 46-38, with 14:13 to go before the scoring stopped completely for a stretch.
Randle’s 3-pointer with 4:59 to go put the Cardinal up 49-48 and they stretched the lead to 51-48 on a basket by Anthony Brown.
Colorado responded with seven straight points, taking a 55-51 lead with 2:10 to go on Xavier Talton’s 3-pointer.
A three-point play the old-fashioned way by Randle got Stanford back to within one with 1:17 on the clock, but Askia Booker made a foul shot with 30 seconds remaining and Anthony Brown missed a 3-pointer at the other end.
Josh Scott’s two free throws with 13 seconds left sealed it for the Buffs.
Scott led the Buffaloes with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Xavier Johnson scored 14 points.
Randle was the lone Cardinal in double figures with 24 points. Huestis had 13 rebounds, Brown dished four assists and Stefan Nastic blocked three shots.
Colorado was 19-for-49 (38.8 percent) from the floor, 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) from 3-point range and 17-for-25 (68 percent) from the foul line. Stanford was 21-for-57 (36.8 percent), 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) and 10-for-17 (58.8 percent).
The Buffaloes had a 39-31 edge on the boards, while the Cardinal had the advantage in turnovers with 12 to Colorado’s 14.
Stanford closes the regular season at home on Saturday, hosting Utah at 11:30 a.m.