STANFORD -- Stanford missed a chance to pull even in Pac-12 play Saturday, repeatedly failing to convert down the stretch of a 65-60 loss to Washington.
The Cardinal trailed for most of the second half before tying the game with less than four minutes remaining. But Washington scored seven of the final nine points to complete a sweep of the Bay Area.
"They made plays at the end," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "Their guys made big shots, made free throws. We had opportunities and didn't finish plays down the stretch."
Stanford, which missed five of its last six shots, fell to 1-3 in league play and will face Cal in a critical game for both teams Jan. 19 at Stanford.
"It's very disappointing," forward Dwight Powell said. "We had high hopes and expectations, but we'll bounce back. We'll try and take the lessons from this game and move forward."
The first half was close and clean, with crisp shooting, only 10 fouls and a modest amount of turnovers. The largest lead was four points (by both teams), and there were nine ties.
The ultra-aggressive Huskies attacked the heart of Stanford's defense relentlessly, scoring 20 of their 35 first-half points in the lane. C.J. Wilcox did most of the damage in the final minutes, scoring nine of their last 11 points.
Stanford was fluid and efficient (51.7 percent), a continuation of its performance Wednesday against Washington State.
Point guard Chasson Randle provided punch
Randle cooled off early in the second half, as did his teammates. But Wilcox stayed in rhythm. His jumper from the left side of the foul line with 11:42 left gave the Huskies a 49-43 lead -- the largest of the game for either team.
Wilcox would extend the lead to eight before Stanford found its footing. Powell made two free throws and converted a layup, then freshman Rosco Allen added two more from the line to trim the deficit to 52-50.
Stanford pulled even with 3:38 remaining on Randle's midrange jumper, but UW center Aziz N'Diaye countered with two free throws to set up the final sequence.
"It was just the little things down the stretch that we didn't do," Randle said.