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From The San Francico Chronicle: Gage, Stanford men look for more punch off the bench

Feb 12, 2014
by Tom FitzGerald
As Stanford embarks on its next-to-last road trip of the season, things are looking up for the Cardinal.

If they beat Washington on Wednesday at 6 p.m., they'll have three straight wins and seven in their last nine games.

But winning on the road doesn't come easily for anybody in the Pac-12. Across the board, home teams have won 33 of the last 42 and are 45-19 (.703) in conference play. Washington in particular thrives on home cooking. The Huskies are 1-6 on the road in Pac-12 play and 4-0 at home.

If the Cardinal (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12) are going to secure another much-needed road win or two this week - they play at Washington State on Saturday at 4 p.m. - they may well need some help from their bench.

So far, though, the reserves haven't contributed a lot this season, fewer than 10 points in 12 games, and nobody knows that more than John Gage, the sharpshooting 6-foot-10 senior.

"We're not as deep as we have been in the past," he said. "Part of the reason the bench production has fallen off is that we're using a new offense this year, the triangle. It puts more pressure on the starters because they're more skilled passers.

"I'm more of a role player. When I come in the game, my job is mainly to shoot."

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