On a night normally reserved to honor seniors, juniors Jeremy Green and Josh Owens provided Stanford fans reason to be thankful that they will return for one more year, while Anthony Brown did his part to turn the Cardinal's home finale against Seattle into Freshman Night. It all added up to a sloppy, but satisfying, 77-66 win.
Green scored a game-high 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting, including four 3-pointers. It was his seventh 20-point performance in his last nine games. Owens was quietly effective, with 13 points, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds. But Brown stole the show. The freshman matched a career-high with 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting and grabbed 11 defensive rebounds, giving him his first career double-double. Brown's previous career-high for rebounds was 6 against Oregon State on Jan. 29, which was the other time this year he scored 21 points. He's at his best when he's aggressive at both ends of the floor.
Seattle shot only 35% from the field, but was within 6 points with 2:22 to play. The Redhawks attempted 28 more shots than the Cardinal, which shot 58% from the field, 56% (9-for-16) from beyond the arc, and led by as many as 16 points in the second half. Stanford's 21 turnovers allowed Seattle to stick around.
With the win, the Cardinal (15-14) guarantees itself at least a .500 regular season record. Stanford travels to Haas Pavilion with a chance to sweep the season series against Cal on Saturday.