Stan­ford’s Jerod Haase gets first Pac-12 win.

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTING GREEN - By Tom FitzGer­ald Tom FitzGer­ald is a San Fran­cisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: tfitzger­ald@ sfchron­i­ Twit­ter: @tomg fitzger­ald

There were some pos­i­tive early signs for Stan­ford on Thurs­day night. For one, Reid Travis was in the lineup af­ter miss­ing two games with a shoul­der in­jury. For an­other, the Car­di­nal were hit­ting prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing they shot.

They jumped to a quick 20-point lead and rolled to an 84-54 rout of Wash­ing­ton State. It was not only their first Pac-12 win af­ter four de­feats and their first un­der head coach Jerod Haase, but it was also their most one-sided win of the sea­son.

They had played against the Pac-12’s elite teams and paid the price for it. They didn’t for­get about the 39-point loss to Ari­zona, the 16-point loss to USC and the 14-point loss to UCLA. They just learned painful lessons.

“It was never that we were hold­ing our breath for our first win,” point guard Robert Cartwright said. “That’s never how we looked at it. Af­ter ev­ery loss, we learned from it.”

Travis, their lead­ing scorer and re­bounder, re­turned to the lineup much sooner than ex­pected af­ter miss­ing two games with a shoul­der in­jury. He didn’t look ham­pered at all, pro­duc­ing 17 points and six re­bounds.

“I feel great,” he said. “I don’t think they would have put me out there if I wasn’t 100 per­cent.”

But the big story for Stan­ford (9-8, 1-4 Pac-12) was Cartwright. Given just his fourth start of the sea­son on the strength of his 18-point, nine-as­sist per­for­mance against UCLA on Sun­day, the sopho­more point guard poured in a ca­reer­high 21 points, hit­ting 5 of 7 three-point tries. He also passed out seven as­sists.

“I was sur­prised by the score, but I’m not sur­prised that we’re mak­ing progress,” Haase said.

As Cartwright saw it, their de­fense is what helped Stan­ford jump to a 25-5 lead and then hold a 48-23 lead at half­time. In Car­di­nal par­lance, a “turkey” is three de­fen­sive stops in a row. “We had seven (tur­keys) in the first half,” he said. “When we’re able to play de­fense like that and lock in, we’re go­ing to be able to com­pete in a lot games and beat teams.”

Stan­ford held Josh Hawkin­son in check with a dou­ble-team­ing de­fense un­til the out­come was de­cided. He had 14 points and eight re­bounds. Stan­ford lim­ited the Cougars (9-7, 2-2) to 32 per­cent shoot­ing from the field. On of­fense, the Car­di­nal did prac­ti­cally what­ever they wanted.

The Car­di­nal en­tered the game as the Pac-12’s worst shoot­ing team (43 per­cent) and worst three­p­oint-shoot­ing team (30 per­cent). Against the Cougars, they hit 55 per­cent over­all and 56 per­cent on threes.

Do­rian Pick­ens added 18 points and Mar­cus Sh­effield 10 for the Car­di­nal, who com­mit­ted just nine turnovers and en­joyed a 43-25 re­bound­ing ad­van­tage. Michael Humphrey grabbed a game-high 10 re­bounds.

“I thought they just phys­i­cally man­han­dled us,” WSU head coach Ernie Kent said.

Conor Clif­ford led the Cougars with 15 points. Ike Iroegbu had 13 and Robert Franks 10.

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