Welcome to the Reid Travis show: 3 things we learned from Stanford’s win over Washington

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Record-wise, this isn’t how things were supposed to go in Palo Alto. But this is the Pac-12. We should know better by now.

Stanford (15-13, 8-6) rolled Washington (18-10, 8-6) 94-78 Thursday night to complete a season sweep of the Huskies.

Reid Travis scored six of Stanford’s first eight points and was off and running from there, powering Stanford’s offense to a 48-point first half as a team, with nearly half of those points coming from the junior forward. Travis finished with a career-high 33 points on 11 of 17 shooting and 11 of 17 from the line to go along with nine rebounds.

His point-pouring spread throughout the Cardinal offense, which at times appeared to be toying with Washington’s defense, driving, kicking and dumping inside passes for easy buckets. Dorian Pickens added 20 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Jaylen Nowell led Washington with 18 points, and Nahziah Carter added 17 off the bench.

Here’s what we learned from Stanford’s win over Washington.

Bad offense turns into bad defense

Scoring 26 points in a half rarely bodes well for the team posting such numbers, but it’s twice as bad when the defense allows nearly double that amount. That was where the Huskies found themselves heading into intermission, trailing 48-26 after an ugly offensive half became even worse to watch on the defensive end. While Travis lit the Cardinal offense on fire, Washington not only couldn’t counter, it couldn’t get a stop. The final statistical categories all skew in the favor of Stanford (predictably, given the final), save for turnovers, of which the Huskies committed one less. Even with that total, though, turnovers were a killer as they attempted to overcome the massive deficit. In a few separate instances, it appeared possible, but a needed 3 would clang off iron, or a pass would be dropped, or in the case of Jaylen Nowell, a technical foul committed immediately after a positive play. More on that below.

Stanford does enough — barely

The Cardinal were handling the Huskies through 25 minutes of play when Washington apparently awoke and decided to mount a comeback effort. It was working, too, with the Huskies trimming the Stanford lead to as little as 13 before a Dorian Pickens 3-pointer halted the run and ended the Cardinal’s scoring drought.

Washington didn’t go down easily, though, again coming within 13 points with 5:20, but while Stanford’s dozen-plus turnovers allowed the Huskies to hang around, they couldn’t get out of their own way. Nowell converted a layup and drew a foul, but spouted off, earning an immediate technical, sending Pickens to the line for a free throw. Another regular foul soon followed after a missed Nowell free throw, further underscoring the issues that significantly hindered Washington on Thursday.

The Cardinal lacked a killer instinct, which came back to bite them earlier this season in a loss to Cal, but managed to make enough free throws (the game became a painful foul-shoot-foul process in its final five minutes) to avoid defeat.

Untimely loss

A promising Washington team has suddenly hopped off the rails at about the worst time of the year. The Huskies have lost four of their last five, and this one might be the most concerning, considering the offensive ineptitude displayed for much of the game. With only three games remaining before postseason play, the Huskies fell behind Stanford in the Pac-12 standings and will lose a possible tiebreaker with the Cardinal, and a loss to Oregon in the season finale could knock them out of the conference’s top six seeds. A chance at redemption awaits the Huskies, though, when they face Oregon State on March 1. For this program, the official account’s tweet summed it up best at this point in the campaign.

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