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The Dream Ends For Stanford

Posted by davefowkes on 03/12/2009

The Cardinal gave it a good run but in the end they came up well short against the Pac Ten Champion Washington Huskies. Stanford kept it close much of the way before finally falling 85-73.  Anthony Good almost willed the team to success with  26 points. Landry Fields was the star of the first half scoring 11 of his 16 points.  But in the end the desperation three pointers would not fall and despite forcing 21 turnovers the defense could not keep the Huskies out of the net.

Stanford shot fairly well as a team but Lawrence Hill had a bad day going just 2-14 from the field for 4 points which really hurt. Stanford impressed me in the first half on both the offensive and defensive rebounds. That kept the game close. But in the second half the Huskies imposed their physical superiority and Jon Brockman and Isiah Thomas took over the game.

Stanford would not go away thanks to Goods but in one stretch with about three minutes to go Goods, Hill and Jeremy Green all took ill-advised quick three pointers. None of them went in, and the Huskies extended the lead.

Bottom line, despite a solid effort from the Cardinal, the Huskies eventually took advantage of the Cardinal’s weaknesses in terms of an interior game both on offense and defense. The better team won the game!

What next for the Cardinal? Well they are clearly out of the NCAA and NIT tournaments, but with two other lesser known tournaments there is a chance the career’s of Goods, Hill, Mitch Johnson and Kenny Brown may continue to another day! Let’s hope so! Despite a disappointing run this year, it has been a good four years for all four of them!

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