Chasson Randle’s 22 lead Stanford past Utah 84-66 

Stanford's Dwight Powell (33) goes up for a shoot while Utah's Jason Washburn (42) applies aggressive defense in the Cardinal's win Sunday. - BEN MARGOT/AP
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  • Stanford's Dwight Powell (33) goes up for a shoot while Utah's Jason Washburn (42) applies aggressive defense in the Cardinal's win Sunday.

STANFORD — Chasson Randle was determined to not let the Stanford men’s basketball team blow another big second-half lead. He got a big hand from seldom-used Gabriel Harris to make sure.

With one more game until the Pac-12 tournament, it was exactly the type of lift coach Johnny Dawkins’ team needed.

Randle scored 22 points and matched his career high with six assists, and Stanford snapped its longest losing streak at home this season with an 84-66 win over Utah on Sunday.

“Guys dug defensively and got stops when we needed to,” said Randle, who also matched his career high of four 3-pointers. “Then we capitalized on the other end of the floor. We did a good job of finding each other, even in tough situations.”

Four days after wasting a 10-point lead in the second half of a 65-63 loss to Colorado, Stanford jumped out to another big advantage against Utah then had to hold on after a surge by the Utes cut the Cardinal’s lead to 46-42 with 16 minutes left.

Randle provided the biggest boost.

He made a 3-pointer and added two free throws, then later scored on a cutter through the key to cap a 9-0 run. Stanford went on another big run followed by Randle’s fourth 3 that put Stanford up 74-58.

“We were able to withstand it,” Dawkins said. “We were able to dig down, dig in and get stops which gave us a chance to build our lead back up. You’re not going to make that run back on the offensive end. You have to dig in.”

Dwight Powell added 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Harris had career highs of 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Cardinal. Stanford (17-13, 8-9 Pac-12) led by as many as 22 points.
Jarred DuBois had 22 points for Utah, 14 in the second half. It wasn’t enough to prevent the Utes (11-17, 3-13) from losing their fourth straight.

“We had two consecutive turnovers when we pulled to within striking distance,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “I don’t know that there’s anything that’s sucking the life out of our team more than turnovers. When they take it down and score, it really compounds the issue.”

Stanford hadn’t won at Maples Pavilion since beating Oregon State 81-73 on Feb. 3. Since then, the Cardinal had dropped three straight at home and were in danger of their longest slump at their home arena since 2010.

Harris, the lone senior on Dawkins’ team, reached double digits for the first time this season while playing in his final home game. Harris finished 6 of 7 from the floor and scored six of the Cardinal’s final eight points.

That completed a season sweep for Stanford, which finishes the regular season at Cal on Wednesday. The Cardinal defeated the Golden Bears 69-59 on Jan. 19.

“People have forgotten we already beat them this year,” Harris said. “It’s all about momentum.”

Utah made it close early in the second but couldn’t keep up and lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

Jason Washburn helped the Utes get off to a fast start before Powell made a 15-foot jumper, scored on an alley-oop pass from Randle then added two free throws as part of a 10-2 run that put Stanford in front for good. Powell later made a 3-pointer that extended the Cardinal’s lead to 36-19.

Randle also had two 3s during an 11-0 run for Stanford. Harris also provided a boost off the bench in the first half with eight points — one more than his previous season high — to help the Cardinal take a 44-31 halftime lead.

Utah, held to a season-low 46 points in Thursday’s 18-point loss at Cal, made its best run coming out of the break.
DuBois scored the Utes’ first seven points in the second half while Cedric Martin scored five straight, including a 3-pointer that cut Stanford’s lead to 49-45.

The Cardinal responded with a 20-6 run highlighted by Powell’s dunk and tip-in following his own miss.

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