PULLMAN (AP) – Stanford coach Trent Johnson had some sound advice for his players in the heat of the No. 14 Cardinal’s heart-stopping overtime win at Washington State on Saturday.
Robin Lopez hit a spinning layup with 12 seconds left in overtime that gave Stanford a 66-63 lead. Weaver had a chance to tie the game with three free throws on the next possession, but missed the second one to leave the Cardinal with a 66-65 lead.
Mitch Johnson made one of two free throws with 5.4 seconds left for the final score.
Brook Lopez and Lawrence Hill led Stanford (18-3, 7-2 Pac-10) with 18 points each.
Derrick Low added 19 points for Washington State (17-4, 5-4), which lost its second straight home game. The Cougars have lost four of their past seven overall after opening the season with 14 wins.
“We all just lost focus,” Low said. “It hurts to lose two games at home. I thought we played good.”
The Cougars were handicapped when Aron Baynes, their best post player, got in early foul trouble and played just 15 minutes.
That allowed Stanford a 44-29 rebounding edge. Baynes had three points and two rebounds.
Johnson said his team can shut down opposing big men with 7-footers Brook and Robin Lopez filling the middle.
“I have two 7-foot kids in there and our goal is to not give any of the players an angle to the basket,” Johnson said. “We did that tonight.”
The Cardinal also got help from Hill, who started in place of injured Anthony Goods. Hill had 18 points and seven rebounds.
Goods has an injured ankle and will be evaluated Monday.
Stanford matched its win total for all of last season, and kept Washington State from climbing into second in the Pac-10 behind UCLA.
The game was close throughout. Taj Finger’s layup tied the score at 53 with 1:57 left in regulation.
Baynes made one of two free throws to give Washington State a 54-53 lead, and Hill did the same on the other end to tie it at 54 with 1:27 left.
Brook Lopez made two free throws for a 56-54 lead with 59 seconds left, but Weaver made one of two free throws to cut Stanford’s lead to one with 46 seconds left.
Cowgill was fouled with 19 seconds left, but missed both free throws. After Johnson missed two free throws for Stanford, Weaver made one of two with 9.8 seconds left to tie the game at 56. Shots by Brook Lopez and Finger missed to send the game into overtime.
Hill’s 3-pointer gave Stanford a 62-59 lead in the extra session.