Okpala scores 22 to lead Stanford past Cougars 98-50

Even without point guard Daejon Davis, Stanford just kept rolling, widening the gap from start to finish in beating Washington State 98-50 on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.

KZ Okpala scored 22 points, Cormac Ryan hit four 3-pointers and three others reached double figures in scoring for the Cardinal (15-13, 8-8 Pac-12), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Stanford has won six of eight overall.

“I made the right plays tonight,” Okpala said. “We were all locked in with each other. We came out and did what we had to do.”

Davis injured his foot midway through the first half, going scoreless but with four assists in nine minutes. There was no update on his condition afterward.

Ryan and Isaac White each scored 14, Jaiden Delaire added 12 and Bryce Wills had 10 as Stanford extended its winning streak against the Cougars to six.

“I thought our energy level was off the charts,” Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. “I loved our energy defensively.”

CJ Elleby scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half for the Cougars (11-17, 4-11), who lost their second straight after winning three of their previous four.

Okpala scored 16 of his points in the first half and the Cardinal shot 56 percent from the field, which included 7 of 12 from long range.

Stanford used runs of 11-0 and 16-0 to turn the contest into an early blowout. The Cardinal led by 39 points with just over three minutes left in the opening half and settled for a 52-15 lead at intermission.

WCC: Malik Fitts had 17 points and eight rebounds as St. Mary’s beat Portland 65-48 in Moraga. Jordan Ford had 15 points for the Gaels (20-10, 11-4 WCC), who won their fifth straight. … James Batemon scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and host Loyola Marymount overcame a 20-point deficit to defeat Santa Clara 72-70. The Broncos (15-15, 7-8) were led by Tahj Eaddy’s 28 points. … Brandon Clarke had 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, Rui Hachimura added 27 points and No. 1 Gonzaga (28-2, 15-0 WCC) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 19 games, thumping visiting Pacific.

Other games: Jaylen Hands had 21 points and 10 assists, hitting a crucial 3-pointer that beat the shot clock with 22 seconds left in overtime, and host UCLA (16-13, 9-7 Pac-12) won 93-88 over USC (15-14, 8-8), which got 25 points and a career-high 15 rebounds from Bennie Boatwright. … Louis King scored 19 points and Payton Pritchard had 18 as host Oregon (16-12, 7-8 Pac-12) raced past Arizona State (19-9, 10-6) 79-51. … Devonaire Doutrive grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a mid-air putback just before the final buzzer as visiting Arizona (17-12, 8-8 Pac-12) beat Oregon State (17-10, 9-6) 74-72. … Jon Teske scored a career-high 22 points, and No. 9 Michigan (25-4, 14-4 Big Ten) won 82-53 over visiting Nebraska. … Fletcher Magee scored 18 and No. 24 Wofford (25-4, 17-0 Southern) made a successful program debut as an AP Top 25 team by winning at Chattanooga 80-54 for its 16th consecutive victory.


Asia Durr scored 47 points to match her career high for No. 3 Louisville (26-2, 13-2 ACC) in a 92-62 home victory over No. 10 North Carolina State (24-4, 11-4). … Teaira McCowan had 25 points and 13 rebounds as No. 5 Mississippi State (26-2, 14-1 SEC) beat visiting LSU 76-56. … Zykera Rice scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and No. 16 Gonzaga (26-3, 15-2 WCC) ended visiting Pepperdine’s eight-game winning streak, 83-60, and clinched a tie for the league title. … Tia Hay had 23 points as Santa Clara (13-15, 6-11 WCC) won 77-68 at San Diego (8-20, 1-16). … USF (6-22, 2-15 WCC) lost 82-59 at BYU (22-6, 14-3).

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