By Alexandra Evans
The Stanford Cardinal are one of the 16 collegiate basketball teams participating in the PK80 (Phil Knight Invitational) men’s basketball tournament at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, held in honor of Nike founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.
Among the tournament invitees are Stanford, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Butler University, University of Connecticut, DePaul University, Gonzaga University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Portland, Portland State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas at Austin, Gonzaga University, and University of Oregon.
Tonight, Stanford fell to the No. 7 Florida Gators 108-87.
Florida put up an 18-7 run just five minutes into the first half. Less than two minutes later, Stanford’s Daejon Davis capped an “and-one” and brought the score to 22-14. Nearly 10 minutes into the match, Florida exceeded Stanford by 12 points until Reid Travis (who is ranked fifth in the Pac-12 conference in scoring; 21 points per game) made a left-handed jam to put the Cardinal in a 10-point trail.
Just after the clock hit the 18-minute mark, the Gators were ahead by 25 points and 19 at halftime. Travis exceeded his teammates with 12 points.
Florida maintained their plus-20 lead over Stanford through the entire second half, eventually exceeding them by over 30 points, just after the 10-minute mark. In the final three minutes, the Cardinal were down 105-69, though they managed to bring their score up by 18 points before the buzzer sounded. However, the Card still took the loss. The final score was 108-87.
Travis, who ended the game with 23 points, kept his lead in points over the rest of the Cardinal roster for his fifth 20-point game this season. Robert Cartwright and Michael Humphrey were Travis’ runner-ups with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Cartwright tallied 10 points for the third time this season.
Stanford will face the No. 17 Gonzaga Bulldogs tomorrow in the second round of PK80