First Round, Game 4
Stanford 74, Washington State 63
POG: Stanford guard Chasson Randle. The Stanford junior, coming off a rather surprising All-Pac-12 first team selection, proved his worth on Wednesday. Randle had 22 points on 6-of-11 field goal shooting and 8-of-9 free-throw shooting in the Cardinal win over the Cougars. Randle almost single-handedly helped Stanford gain a seven-point first-half advantage, scoring 14 of his points in the first.
LOG: Washington State center Jordan Railey. Railey was almost invisible in the post against Dwight Powell, scoring just three points with three rebounds. Despite strong performances from DaVonte Lacy (23 points) and Danny Shelton (15 points, 10 rebounds), the Cougars needed a third to step up, and Railey didn't.
Pivotal moment: Randle has been dangerous of late, entering the tournament with back-to-back 20-point games. Randle has been deadly for three over the past few weeks, with 17 3-pointers in the five games before the tournament and two on Wednesday. One of them, coming with three seconds left in the first half, put the Cardinal up seven and gave Stanford momentum entering the second half.
Won or Lost? This game was won by Stanford, by virtue of simply being better. The Cardinal far out-talented the Cougars, who put up a nice fight behind Lacy, but just didn't have enough juice.