Stanford proves unable to slow Washington

SEATTLE — Jaylen Nowell scored 22 points, Nahziah Carter added 13 points off the bench and Washington won its sixth straight game, 80-64 over Stanford on Thursday night.

The Huskies (13-4, 4-0 Pac-12) got a big first half from Nowell and a lift off the bench from Carter. Nowell had 14 points in the first half and Carter had 11 points in the final 20 minutes.

“It could be a different guy every night,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. “Some guys might have off nights but we’ve got eight or nine real contributors that can go in there and play well, impact the game well with energy, with shots, with whatever it may be. That’s what we’re trying to build. It’s the hardest thing to do and the easiest thing to say.”

Washington had four players in double figures as Dominic Green had 11 points and David Crisp scored 10. Noah Dickerson, Washington’s second-leading scorer, had early foul trouble and finished with just three points in 11 minutes.

“That’s what Coach likes to tell us and I guess he likes to tell you guys that, it can be a different guy every game,” Carter said. “We really believe that.”

KZ Okpala led Stanford (8-9, 1-4) with 22 points and Josh Sharma added 17. Okpala, the second-leading scorer in the Pac-12, had a troublesome first half trying to figure out Washington’s zone defense, but scored 18 points in the second half.

“He should have been frustrated in the first half. I don’t think he touched the ball very often and when he did it wasn’t in a position to really do anything,” Stanford coach Jarod Haase said. “Our pace was horrendous in the first half and not very good in the second half.”

Washington led by as many as 16 early in the second half but a scoring drought allowed the Cardinal to cut the deficit to single digits on Okpala’s driving basket with 10:16 left. Green snapped Washington’s skid without a field goal, hitting his third 3-pointer to push the Huskies lead back to 12.

Tim Booth is an Associated Press writer.

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