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Stanford vs. Northwestern results: Cardinal hang on against feisty 'Cats, 70-68

Stanford managed to hang on against a resilient Northwestern squad behind a career-high 18 points from Josh Huestis.

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After a dogfight that saw his team's sizable lead dwindle, junior guard Aaron Bright hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:30 left in the game to lift the Stanford Cardinal past Northwestern, 70-68, on the road on Friday night.

Josh Huestis poured in a career-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-4 from the three-point line and 12 rebounds, to lead Stanford. Stanford led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but the Wildcats made a run to cut the halftime deficit to just four points. The Cardinal shot just 64.3 percent from the free throw line and had a tough time closing out the game.

Junior guard Robbie Lemons chipped in with 12 points and four rebounds, while John Gage added 12 points off the bench. The Cardinal are coming off a difficult week that saw them fall to NC State and miss out on prized recruit Jabari Parker. The prep star had indicated that Stanford was among his top potential schools before he verbally committed to attend Duke on Thursday.

Stanford is now 8-4 on the season and improved to 1-1 on the road. They will next take on Lafayette at home on Dec. 29.