STANFORD, Calif. — Aziz N’Diaye didn’t miss much Saturday. He made almost every shot he attempted and collected nearly every rebound within reach.
With the 7-foot center dominating inside, C.J. Wilcox took care of the rest and Washington captured a historic 65-60 win at Stanford.
The victory extended Washington’s winning streak to three games. It’s also the first time since 1912 that the Huskies began conference play with three road wins.
The game wasn’t decided until the final seconds. Leading by two, N’Diaye and Desmond Simmons altered a short shot from Cardinal forward Dwight Powell.
On the other end, Wilcox made one of two free throws.
Stanford’s Aaron Bright missed a tough layup and Wilcox finished the scoring with a layup.
Wilcox had a game-high 27 points, just two shy of his career high. N’Diaye had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Simmons collected 13 boards for Washington.
Before Saturday’s win in front of 4,451 at Maples Pavilion, Washington had played three consecutive games on the road against Connecticut, Washington State and California, winning their last two outings.
Lorenzo Romar was concerned the Huskies’ recent frequent flying would adversely affect them.
“Eventually it will take its toll,” the UW coach said. “But hopefully we can still be strong enough mentally and have our legs under us to do it one more time, and then we’re off the road for a week before we get it again.”
After cruising to a blowout win Wednesday against the Golden Bears, the Huskies were pushed to the limit by the Cardinal.
More than jet lag or fatigue after making its second trip to the Bay Area this week, the Huskies were stymied by a Stanford defense that had allowed an average of 64.6 points and 40.9 percent shooting to opponents before Saturday.