Never leading by less than seven, Stanford men’s basketball (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) defeated Cal State Fullerton (0-2, 0-0 Big West) in a 70-54 decision Saturday night.
The Cardinal offense was led by junior guard Daejon Davis and junior forward Oscar da Silva, who finished the night with 14 points each. While the 6-3 Davis has typically taken on the title of point guard for the Cardinal, the first two games of the new season have hinted at the guard’s transition to a more off-ball position.
“Still put him in positions where he’s gonna make plays with the ball in his hands,” said head coach Jerod Haase of Davis’ role change. “I thought he was really good, and we need him to be that way.”
Davis, who spent 33 minutes in the game, went six-for-seven from the field, including one triple. The junior also pulled down five defensive rebounds—Stanford’s second highest of the night behind sophomore guard Bryce Wills’ seven.
Joining Davis and da Silva with double-digit scoring were two of the newest additions to Stanford’s roster — freshman guard Tyrell Terry (12 points) and Spencer Jones (12 points). All four of Jones’ buckets came from behind the arc, where the 6-5 forward also picked up all nine of his points against Montana in the 2019-20 season opener on Wednesday.
“I was just following what Oscar did the game before,” said Jones of his “attack-everything” mentality. “He had a 20-point double-double [last game]… and I’d like to follow that.”
The Saturday night game was Jones’ first career start for the Cardinal, and only the second matchup between Stanford and CSUF in program history. The first took place in November 2012 and ended in a 81-68 Cardinal victory.
With the first week of the new season in the rearview, Stanford’s next opponent will be Long Beach State on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The third of six-straight home games, basketball action against the 49ers tips off at 6 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
Contact Savanna Stewart at savnstew ‘at’ stanford.edu.