Two days after Washington dismissed 7-foot center Robert Upshaw for an unspecified team rules violation the Huskies clearly were not prepared to face Stanford Wednesday night.
Not the case for the Cardinal. They were ready.
Anthony Brown scored 23 points and Stanford took advantage of Washington’s depleted inside game for an 84-74 victory.
“It was different on the defensive end with them going to the basket,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. “We had almost been accustomed to, ‘Oh, they’re going to the basket. We’re in good shape.’ That’s not the case now.”
Upshaw, who averaged 10.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, was cut from the program Monday. Romar admitted that the team did not have enough practice time without him to adjust the defense.
“We have to tighten up defending the perimeter,” he said. “We played with some different lineups. We had not been able to even practice with those lineups.”
Stefan Nastic, the Cardinal 7-foot center, exploited the inside in the first half. He scored 15 of his 17 points in the half, hitting 7 of 8 shots from the floor.
“You take what the defense gives you, and it worked out,” Nastic said. “The big guy was definitely a factor, he’s definitely a very good player, but great teams like Washington, they’re always going to find players to step up.”
Chasson Randle added 20 points and Marcus Allen had 12 for Stanford (15-5, 6-2 Pac-12).
Nigel Williams-Goss had 17 points to lead Washington (14-6, 3-5). Mike Anderson had 16 points and Quevyn Winters added 13.
Stanford led by 12 points, 36-24, at intermission and Washington could draw no closer until pulling within 10 in the final minute. The Huskies trailed by as many as 26 points in the second half.