Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal get ready for ESPN Events Tournament in Orlando

Stanford Cardinal open the ESPN Events Tournament in Orlando Thu Nov 24, 2022 against Ole Miss (photo from #GoStanford)

On the Cardinal MBB podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, last game for the Cardinal (2-2) they handled the Cal Poly Mustangs (1-2) with ease on Friday night 80-43.

#2 The Cardinal got off to a 19-0 run against Cal Poly and the Mustangs couldn’t even score a buck in the first seven minutes of the game.

#3 The Cardinal defense made taking the ball away from Cal Poly look like child’s play. The Cardinal took the ball away on 12 turnovers in just 30 minutes.

#4 Stanford senior Michael Jones was got shutout at UC San Diego on Tue Nov 15 made up for lost time scoring on Cal Poly’s defense with 12 points in the first half teammate Max Murrell scored 12 points and it was over early for the Mustangs as Stanford came away with a 28 point 47-19 lead at the half.

#5 Michael just to get your prospective on the next up coming game for the Cardinal as they face Ole Miss for the ESPN Events Tournament Thursday a 10:30 AM tip in Orlando.

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Stanford Tames Cal Poly on the Farm 80-43

Stanford Cardinal picked up win over the Cal Poly Mustangs at Maples Pavilion on Fri Nov 18. 2022 (@StanfordMBB photo)

By Michael Roberson

STANFORD, Cal.– The Stanford Cardinal (2-2) was able to corral the Cal Poly Mustangs (1-2) inside the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion, 80-43.

Stanford got off to a TREEmendous start with a 19-0 run to start the game. Cal Poly was held scoreless for a little over seven minutes (7:09), and finally got off the goose egg on a corner 3 right in front of Stanford’s bench.

The Cardinal’s defense was really intense the first 30 minutes, forcing 12 turnovers, as well as their prolific offense, posting a lead as high as 30 points, with 10 3-pointers.

Senior guard Michael Jones, who was held scoreless last game in a Cardinal loss to San Diego State, came out like gangbusters in the first half with a midway game-high 12 points. His junior forward teammate Max Murrell also tallied 12 points at intermission. Stanford held a 28-point advantage at the half, 47-19.

Stanford increased the scoring margin immediately in the second stanza and got it as high as 39 late in half number two. When the scoreboard reached :00, the Cardinal won the game by a whopping 37 points, 80-43.

The Cardinal was led in scoring by Michael Jones and Max Murrell with 15 points each, while senior guard Trevon Taylor paced the Mustangs with 12 points.

Stanford will next be in action in Orlando, Florida at ESPN Wide World of Sports tournament against Ole Miss November 24, and next facing either Florida State or Siena the 25th and 27th. Cal Poly will host Mount St. Mary’s Sunday, November 20.

San Jose State Spartans game wrap: Spartans lose second straight game to Cal Poly 75-71

San Jose State Spartans forward Ralph Agee (35) finished third in scoring for the Spartans with 13 points against the Cal Poly Mustangs on Sun Dec 13, 2020 (photo from

By Barbara Mason

Sunday afternoon the San Jose Spartans took on  Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on the Mustangs home court.  Currently the Mustangs are 1-2 while the Spartans are 1-1 after being soundly beaten Friday night at the hands of the St. Mary’s Gaels 96-61.  
The Spartans never got anything going in that game and were re-grouping for the quick turnaround and hopes for a much better showing against Cal Poly. 
San Jose took a nice 29-12 lead in the first half before letting their foot off the pedal allowing the Mustangs to pull within eight points.  As the first half came to an end the Spartans led but the score had been whittled down to four points 36-32.
San Jose seemed to have had the game in hand early on but the stubborn Mustangs had other plans as they challenged the Spartans with some nice work from Keith Smith for eight points, Mark Crowe for six points as well as help from their bench.  
The Spartans had Seneca Knight back and he went right to work scoring 12 points.  Ralph Agee had eight points and Richard Washington also contributed eight points.  The team would lean heavily on Knight, Agee and Washington in the second half as well as their defense keeping the Mustangs from another surge in the second half.
The second half was not the start that San Jose had hoped for.  They lost the lead and found themselves trailing early. The Spartans fought back and with 7:04 left in the game they were tied at 59.  
San Jose fought the entire game but came up just short losing a heartbreaker 75-71.  Washington finished the game with 22 points, Knight with 20 and Agee with 13 plus some nice work off the bench from Trey Smith and Kaison Hammonds.  San Jose now drops to a 1-2 record, next taking on Santa Clara Friday the time TBD.