by Jerry Feitelberg
Stanford rolls over Texas Southern
The Stanford Cardinal won their fourth game of the year to start the Progressive Legends Classic by beating the Texas Southern Tigers by a score of 97-71. The game was close for the first half but the Cardinal blew the Tigers away in the second half. Below is a summary of the format of the Legends Tournament and the game.
Progressive Legends Classic Format
Stanford is participating in the seventh annual Progressive Legends Classic, which gets underway with Stanford, Houston, Pittsburgh and Texas Tech hosting regional round games this week. The eight-team event, which also includes Howard, Lehigh, South Dakota State and Texas Southern, will be aired on the ESPN family of networks and wraps up next week with the championship rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Following Thursday’s meeting against Texas Southern, Stanford will face Houston (Mon., Nov. 26) and either Pittsburgh or Texas Tech (Tue., Nov. 27) at the Barclays Center. The Cardinal will then host South Dakota State (Sun., Dec. 1) at Maples Pavilion in a regional round contest.
The Stanford Cardinal played the visiting Tigers of Texas Southern University Thursday night at Maples Pavilion. Texas Southern is located in Houston and has about 10,000 undergraduates. The Tigers came into the game with a record of 2 wins against 3 losses and all three losses have been on the road.
Stanford,looking to improve to 4-1 for the season, played a very fast uptempo first half against Texas Southern. The Tigers are led by their 6ft 10 inch center Aaric Murray who is averaging over 20 points per game. The Cardinal took a 51-44 lead at halftime. Anthony Brown led the Cardinal with 15 points
and he had great support from Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Aaron Bright. Bright,Powell and Huestis all had 9 points each. The Tigers were led by Murray and Jose Rodriguez. These two accounted for 28 points. Stanford shot 51.4% from the floor with Texas Southern shot just 40%. Rebounds were even at 20 apiece.
In the second half, Stanford’s defense shut down the Tiger offense. Stanford pulled away to lead by 26 points with 8 minutes left in the half. The Tigers’ Aaric Murray and Jose Rodriguez were held to just 8 points total between them up to this point. The Cardinal offense was led by Anthony Brown and the Cardinal had four other players in double figures. Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins pulled all his key players with about five minutes left in the game but TSU could not mount a charge and they lost their fourth straight game. TSU’s Aaric Murray had 28 points in a losing effort and Jose Rodriguez added 24 for the Tigers.
Second game of the Classic will be Monday night against the University of Houston.