Final: SU 70, WSU 56.
1:35 remaining: SU 68, WSU 53. The CBI dream is in peril. CBI officials are crying. They had to be rooting for a school that drew 8,812.
4:07 remaining: SU 64, WSU 50. WSU about needs to perfect from this point on. Both teams in the bonus, so the Cardinal can win it at the line.
7:32 remaining: SU 57, WSU 46. Stanford doesn’t pretend to have an inside game. Its jumpers aren’t falling, so WSU has an opening to rally. Murry continues to struggle – 2 of 10 from the field. Durley is scoring – eight points in the second half.
Creighton loses 65-63. Disappointing for the Valley. That’s a game Creighton needs to win.
11:32 remaining: SU 52, WSU 40.
14:53 remaining: SU 51, WSU 34. Miserable shooting continues for WSU, partially because Stanford’s quickness and reach is in their minds and partially because the Shockers aren’t great shooters. Murry is 2 of 9. Durley is 1 of 4. Hawkins is 0 for 2.
Halftime: SU 42, WSU 26. Deflating half for the Shockers, who didn’t give a good crowd much to cheer about. WSU shot 32.1 percent from the field. Stanford made 17 of 28 shots. That is the story.
18.3 seconds remaining: SU 40, WSU 26. Big props to Cardinal freshman Jack Trotter for throwing in a hook shot. Bob Lutz says its the first hook shot in this arena since Dave Skinner made one in 1968. Anybody younger than 40 wonders if it is a legal play.
3:50 remaining: SU 32, WSU 17. Shockers get some offense going. Stanford cools off a bit. Shockers need to keep this going to get the deficit to a reasonable margin at halftime. Durley has yet to score. WSU can’t win without production from him.
7:16 remaining: SU 27, WSU 10. I think the Cardinal answered any questions about their enthusiasm for the CBI. They look very sharp. WSU can’t stop them. The Cardinal either drive by defenders or shoot over them. Stanford is 11 of 17 from the field. Meanwhile, WSU’s offense is nonexistent. The Shockers are 4 of 17 from the field.
10:41 remaining: SU 17, WSU 8. David Kyles scores four points to give the Shockers a lift off the bench. He has been playing very well in practice lately. Coach Gregg Marshall rewarded him by bringing him off the bench first.
14:58 remaining: SU 9, WSU 4. Shockers off to a bad start on offense. Not many open shots and Stanford is getting a hand up on everything.
Stanford starters – Johnson, Fields, Goods, Hill, Owens. WSU – Hannah, Clemente, Hatch, Murry, Durley.
Just talked to a CBI official. They will let WSU keep playing home games until July if they can find opponents.
Prove-it-night for the Missouri Valley Conference. WSU has Stanford at home. Creighton gets Kentucky in the Qwest Center. These are the games MVC schools say they would win given a chance, and those wins would help their NCAA at-large resume.
It’s too late for this season. But it makes the case for those who argue stronger.
Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins likes the way his team played on the road, even in losses.
The Qwest Center is sold out.
Bradley plays Oakland tonight in the CIT.
Florida embarrassed Creighton in last season’s NIT. The Bluejays are a year older and, they hope, better.
Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is dealing with rumors about his job security.
Season wrap-ups for MVC teams
- Northern Iowa brings back all starters.
- Drake’s season is done. The Bulldogs appear to be one of the MVC teams headed in the wrong direction.
- Missouri State coach Cuonzo Martin knows he needs help.
- SIU went 13-18, which Todd Hefferman of the Southern Illinoisan says isn’t a disaster.
- Indiana State finished strong. They must replace, much to WSU’s relief, Topekan Jay Tunnell.