Cardinal overcomes slow start, edge San Diego 62-59 in Al Attles Classic

photo from San Diego forward Yauhen Massalski (25) defends against Stanford guard Bryce Wills (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in San Francisco

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Tyrell Terry took a while to get going after a one-game absence, but when he did, his big second half sparked a late Stanford run, and the Cardinal held on for a 62-59 non-conference men’s basketball win Saturday over San Diego in the Al Attles Classic at Chase Center.

Terry scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half. Cardinal center Oscar da Silva contributed 19 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, as Stanford (11-1) continued its best start in 11 years.

For San Diego (6-8), the loss snapped a three-game winning streak. Joey Calcaterra led the Toreros with 17 points, followed by Marion Humphrey with 16.

Terry sat out the Cardinal’s win on Tuesday over San Francisco because of what was termed an upper body injury. The freshman was cleared for practice on Friday.

Terry sank three 3-pointers and scored on a reverse layup that capped an 11-0 run to put the Cardinal up 56-44. Da Silva added four points as part of that Stanford surge.

Despite a sloppy start, Stanford led at halftime, eventually finishing with a season-worst 20 turnovers. After the Toreros took a 24-16 lead, Spencer Jones and Terry made back-to-back 3’s to pull the Cardinal back into the game.

Jones hit game-tying 3 and Daejon Davis converted a tip-in in the final second of the first half, putting Stanford up 31-29 at the break.

The Cardinal’s defense was a key to their win, forcing 17 turnovers while holding San Diego to 36.5 percent shooting. So far this season, Stanford has held all 12 of its opponents to 70 points or fewer.

San Diego was trying to get Division I win No. 600.

Stanford’s next game is on Dec. 29, when the Cardinal host No. 1-ranked Kansas.

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