The Stanford Cardinal rode a 16-4 second-half run to break open a close game and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference tournament Wednesday with a 74-63 win over the Washington State Cougars at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Stanford (20-11) struggled for awhile against the 11th-seeded Cougars (10-21), but outscored Wazoo 9-3 over the final 3:08 of the first half to open a 35-28 lead at the break, capped by Chasson Randle burying a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the half.
Washington State took a 50-47 lead with 9:25 remaining in the game when Royce Woodridge completed a three-point play.
But Stanford, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, responded. Dwight Powell tied the game with a 3-pointer, Anthony Brown scored five points and Stefan Nastic hit a pair of buckets as the Cardinal opened a 63-54 lead with 4:31 left.
Randle led the Cardinal with 22 points as all five starters scored in double figures. Powell added 16 points, Josh Huestis and Brown each had 12, with Brown adding a team-high seven rebounds, and Nastic finished with 10 points.
Washington State was 21-for-53 (39.6 percent) overall, 5-for-18 (27.8 percent) from 3-point range and 16-for-19 (84.2 percent) at the foul line. Stanford was 24-for-41 (58.5 percent), 5-for-15 (33.3 percent) and 21-for-24 (87.5 percent).
The Cardinal had a 28-25 edge on the boards. The Cougars had eight turnovers, compared to 11 for Stanford.
The Cardinal advance to play third-seeded Arizona State Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The teams split their two regular-season meetings, with each winning on their own floor. Stanford beat the Sun Devils 76-70 at Maples Pavilion on Feb. 1, with Arizona State gaining the split with a 76-64 win in Tempe on Feb. 26.
Pac-12 Conference Tourmament
All games at MGM Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Game 1: (8) Utah 67, (9) Washington 61
Game 2: (5) Colorado 59, (12) USC 56
Game 3: (7) Oregon 88, (10) Oregon State 74
Game 4: (6) Stanford 74, (11) Washington State 63
Game 5: (8) Utah vs. (1) Arizona, noon (Pac-12 Network)
Game 6: (5) Colorado vs. (4) Cal, 2:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Game 7: (7) Oregon vs. (2) UCLA, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Game 8: (6) Stanford vs. (3) Arizona State, 8:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Semifinal winners, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)