Late 3-pointer by Pickens lifts Cardinal past Indiana State 65-62

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Friday, November 25, 2016 photo: Stanford Cardinal Dorian Pickens goes for a pair over Colorado State defenders, Pickens and teammate Reid Travis both finished on top in scoring with 19 on Friday night against Indiana State at the Advocare Invitational at HP Field House in Orlando Fla

Dorian Pickens drained a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining in regulation, giving Stanford a 65-62 men’s basketball win over Indiana State in day two of the Advocare Invitational at HP Field House Orlando, Fla.

Pickens and Travis Reid led the Cardinal (5-1 overall) with 19 points each. Next on the Stanford scoring column was Michael Humphrey with 10 points. The go-ahead shot by Pickens came after the Sycamores’ Brenton Scott hit a 3-pointer with :06 left.

Reid celebrated his 21st birthday with his second straight double-double – 12 rebounds to go with his 19 points.

Scott led Indiana State (2-3) with 13 points and seven boards.

Both teams put on a show with a back-and-forth second half that saw nine lead changes and four ties. Indiana State led 50-47 with 8:05 remaining, but the Cardinal recaptured the lead with a 6-0 run. ISU answered with a five-point run of their own, setting the tone for the remainder of the game.

Neither team led by more than three points in the second half. Jordan Barnes’ layup with :25 left cut Stanford’s lead to 60-59. Fouling to regain possession, the Sycamores fouled sophomore Robert Cartwright, who sank two free throws, putting the Cardinal up 62-59 with 17 seconds remaining. Pickens’ game-winner came two possessions later.

The early start may have affected shooting for both teams. Stanford shot 37 percent from the field (36 percent on 3-pointers), while the Sycamores hit 38 percent (33 percent on 3’s). A key to Indiana State’s loss was making only 56 percent from the free throw line.

Stanford outrebounded the Sycamores 47-31, but still won despite committing 18 turnovers.

The Cardinal move on to Sunday’s fifth-place game against either Seton Hall or Quinnipiac. Game time is 4 p.m. PDT.

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