STANFORD — Josh Huestis needed to change his mojo and thought a haircut just might do the trick. It worked better than he expected.
Huestis and Anthony Brown each scored 15 points and Stanford ran away from Washington State, 80-48, Wednesday night.
Huestis, who grew out his hair as a sophomore, was 0 of 7 from the floor in Stanford's victory at Oregon on Sunday. He showed up to play against the Cougars, sporting a new hairstyle and hitting 7 of 10 shots overall.
“It was a decision I had to make,” Huestis said. “I've been struggling and decided this could be a new beginning. Cutting my hair was a signal to the team that I had a new mindset.”
He surprised his teammates, his coaches and his parents when he showed up at Tuesday's practice without his signature full head of hair.
“I was in the back of the room at our meeting when we started to go over Washington State,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “I was starting to get a little angry thinking he wasn't there until I finally noticed he had his hair cut. I love it, especially if he plays like that.”
Several people mistook Huestis for Brown, who has kept his hair short since arriving at Stanford. Huestis' mother gasped in surprise when she first saw it.
“I gave no hint that I was going to do it,” Huestis said. “I didn't even tell my parents. My mom was surprised because of all the times I refused to get it cut.”
Dwight Powell added 10 points for the Cardinal (11-5, 2-2 Pac-12), who won their second straight and six of eight overall. Marcus Allen added 11 points.
Que Johnson scored 21 points to lead the Cougars (8-9, 1-4), who lost their fourth in five games. Royce Woolridge added 13 points.
“We played pretty well at both ends of the floor for the first 15 or 16 minutes or so, and Que was our main scorer at that time,” Cougars coach Ken Bone said. “He picked up two fouls, and I took him out to try and save him from getting his third.