The Stanford men’s basketball team has picked an inopportune time to go ice cold shooting the basketball, as a strong defensive effort in the second half had the Cardinal thinking upset before losing a second-straight Pac-12 game on the road at UCLA Saturday, 68-60.
Stanford men’s basketball ended its nonconference season with a second consecutive close win on Saturday night, as the Cardinal (9-4, 0-0 Pac-12) survived Lafayette (5-10, 0-0 Patriot League) 65-59 at Maples Pavilion.
On a night that saw Stanford give up its 18-point lead in the first half, a late 3-pointer by a struggling Aaron Bright capped a much-needed road win for the Cardinal.
A year after Stanford closed out a tight, 76-72 win against NC State with a 17-1 run, the Cardinal could not rally from another double-digit second-half deficit against the No. 25 Wolfpack, falling 88-79 at PNC Arena on Tuesday night.
Powell continued his dominant play when the Stanford Cardinal (6-3) took on the University of Denver Pioneers (1-5) at Maples Pavilion on Sunday. The Card needed a solid performance against an outmatched Pioneer squad that was reeling after three straight losses. Powell gave them just that, scoring a career-high 29 points to lead Stanford to a 71-58 victory.
Stanford’s trip to the Bahamas finally paid dividends on Saturday afternoon, as the Cardinal pulled away from Northern Iowa 66-50 behind sophomore guard Chasson Randle’s second consecutive 20-point performance.
A career-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting by junior forward Josh Huestis paced Stanford (3-0) to a 69-51 win over Alcorn State (1-2), making for the Cardinal’s eighth straight win over the last two seasons.
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The last game the Stanford men’s basketball team played that counted was during NIT Finals in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Seven months after winning that tournament, the Cardinal will open its 2012-13 campaign with another matchup in an NBA venue when it meets San Francisco tonight at Oracle Arena in Oakland.