San Jose State drops a 66-59 decision to Southern Utah

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By: Ana Kieu

When it comes to the men’s basketball program, San Jose State was looking to make it two wins in a row at the Event Center on Saturday night versus the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. Unfortunately, the Spartans’ wish didn’t come true, and they dropped a 66-59 decision to the Thunderbirds.

Southern Utah was off to a good start. Andre Adams made a jumper in the paint, Dwayne Morgan made a layup and Adams followed up with another jumper.

San Jose State, however, got themselves back into the game. The Spartans were benefited by Brae Ivey’s jumper in the paint and Zach Chappell’s free throw on the fastbreak. San Jose State held a 21-18 advantage over Southern Utah at the 7-minute mark of the first half. At the time, Seneca Knight led the Spartans with 6 points and Michael Steadman had 5 boards.

The Spartans and Thunderbirds were tied at 31 apiece at the half. Steadman led the Spartans with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Knight had 6 points.

The second half felt and looked ugly for the Spartans. The Spartans trailed the Thunderbirds 37-34 at the 17:12 mark of the half. While the Spartans could’ve bounced back to beat or at least even the score versus the Thunderbirds, that never happened, which left most, if not all, Spartan fans shaking their heads and asking why their team was unable to beat the Thunderbirds.

Despite the tough loss, there were a few positive things to note about the Spartans. Oumar Barry left a lasting memory on the Spartan fans with back-to-back 3-pointers and Craig LeCesne did the same thing to give the Spartans a 40-37 lead at the 16:05 mark of the half. LeCesne then recorded a game-high 11 points–9 in the final 4 minutes–as the Spartans led the Thunderbirds 48-41 at the 12:24 mark of the half.

The Thunderbirds weren’t ready to back down just yet. The Thunderbirds went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 51 apiece with 7:37 left in the half.

At the time of the final media timeout, it was still a tight game and anyone’s game for that matter. The Spartans trailed the Thunderbirds 58-53, but stayed put in a hole that they sort of dug themselves in.

Final: 66 Thunderbirds, 59 Spartans

Notes
San Jose State’s starting lineup: Michael Steadman, Brae Ivey, Zach Chappell, Seneca Knight and Oumar Barry.

Up Next
San Jose State makes a visit to Weber State on Thursday, November 15 at 5:30 pm PT.

San Jose State podcast with Ana Kieu: Football was unable to make it two wins in a row; Men’s basketball opened its season with a W

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On the San Jose State podcast with Ana:

1. Let’s talk football first. San Jose State was unable to make it two wins in a row against Wyoming. The Spartans lost to the Cowboys 24-9 in Laramie, Wyo. on Saturday.

2. San Jose State set to visit No. 14 Utah State in Logan, Utah this Saturday. What do the Spartans need to do to escape with a win and what’s your score prediction for this roadie?

3. Let’s switch gears to men’s basketball. San Jose State welcomed Life Pacific College on Wednesday night. The Spartans beat the Warriors 89-72 at the Event Center. Do you feel like head coach Jean Prioleau has the potential to help the Spartans get more than four wins this season?

Ana does the San Jose State podcasts each week for SportsRadioService.com

San Jose State took care of business at home with 89-72 win over Life Pacific

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State Spartans men’s basketball team opened its 2018-19 season versus the Life Pacific College Warriors inside the Event Center on Wednesday night. SJSU was seeking their third straight season-opening win and third straight win over LPC. Last season, SJSU routed LPC 109-70 at home.


Perhaps it was the loud, rabid crowd (and yes, that includes the uber-talented SJSU Cheer squad) that fired up the Spartans, who opened the first period with a 9-0 run, thanks to Brae Ivey’s 3-pointer, Zach Chappell’s layup, Seneca Knight’s pair of free throws on the fastbreak and Oumar Barry’s layup in the paint. The Warriors then responded with a 8-0 run of their own, which consisted of Edgardo Campo’s two threes and Chez Lister’s layup on the fastbreak.

Both teams exchanged threes, free throws and layups throughout the first, but the Spartans played high-quality defense to keep themselves on top. SJSU carried a 49-38 lead over LPC to the locker room at halftime. Moreover, Knight led the Spartans 15 points, one assist, one steal, one block plus 5-10 shooting from the field goal line, 3-6 shooting from beyond the arc and 2-2 shooting from the free throw line in 12:08 minutes at halftime.

The Spartans continued to dominate early in the second period. Michael Steadman threw down a dunk to expand SJSU’s lead to 13 for a 51-38 advantage just 52 seconds into the second. This time, SJSU didn’t go on a prompt run, as Adam Gotelli hit a three to reduce the Warriors’ deficit to 10 for a tinier trail of 51-41 just 24 seconds later.

Gotelli proceeded to give the Spartans a hard time with a jumper in the paint and a subsequent field goal. Also, Andre Allen made a layup to pull the Warriors within nine at the 16:43 mark of the second.

However, SJSU wasn’t bothered by LPC’s efforts. Christian Anigwe made a pair of free throws. Knight wrecked some more havoc with a layup and some other shots. Ivey and Chappell made their pairs of free throws, respectively. And, let’s not forget, Isaiah Nichols’ three. Nichols was one of the biggest forces on the Spartans’ roster last season.

The Spartans remained at a steady pace for the remainder of the second. SJSU defeated LPC 89-72 for its first win of the season. Spartan nation received coupons for free tacos from Chacho’s and went home happy, which was excellent considering the fact the Spartans’ football team has been pretty darn bad this season.

Notes
SJSU’s starting lineup boasted Michael Steadman, Zach Chappell, Oumar Barry, Brae Ivey and Seneca Knight.

SJSU’s projected roster featured Steadman, Ivey, Chappell, Barry, Knight, Isaiah Nichols, Christian Anigwe, Noah Baumann, Kaison Hammonds, Craig Lecesne, Brian Rodriguez-Flores, Ashtin Chastain and Trey Smith.

Up Next 
The Spartans host the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Saturday, November 10 at 6:00 pm PT.

Stanford’s 96-74 win opens the season against Seattle U

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By Joey Friedman

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The 2018-2019 regular season got off to an energetic start for the Stanford Cardinal on Tuesday night as they hosted Seattle University at Maples in the season opener. The Cardinal beat the Redhawks by a score of 96-74.

Stanford’s return to the court got off to an energetic start, however, the energy didn’t translate into a favorable score for the Card. Despite collecting the opening tip, a Daejon Davis bucket on the first offensive possession, and a shot clock violation on their first defensive possession, Seattle kept pace as the Stanford defense began to yield easy buckets and the offense began to stagnate.

Two early fouls on Josh Sharma sent him to the bench and gave Trevor Stanback substantial playing time, however his play was inadequate as he provided little support to Stanford on both offense and defense. Seattle’s lead grew to eight points with the score 24-16 at which point Stanford seemed unwound and lacked defensive discipline.

Stanford was able to climb within two points of Seattle on three separate occasions as the clock wound down on the first half. The first two times, Seattle was able to counter with the three-point shot, however, they couldn’t respond the 3rd time and Stanford was able to tie the game on a pair of foul shots for KZ Okpala. A Jaiden Delaire three-pointer took the lead with a minute and a half left and Stanford closed the first half with a 40-36 lead while shooting only 42% from the field.

KZ Okpala led the force in the first half with a team-leading 13 points and 6 rebounds. Alternately, for the Redhawks, Junior forward Anand Hundal came off the bench to contribute a team-high 11 points while going 3 of 4 from beyond the arc.

Stanford rode the 3-ball to a twelve point lead within the first ten minutes of the second half; Cormac Ryan hit 4 consecutive three-pointers just as Daejon Davis and KZ Okpala each hit one. Fittingly, after the game, Ryan couldn’t remember the last time he lost a game of horse.

Stanford started to heat up on the backs of KZ Okpala, who contributed another 3 as well as a number of points in the paint, and Josh Sharma who contributed six points of his own, Stanford stretched the lead to 20 points with just under six minutes to play. Stanford only got hotter as the lead grew to 29 points by the time there were only three minutes left.

KZ Okpala finished a double-double with a whopping 29 points to pair with 10 assists in 36 minutes of play. The others to collect double digits in the points column were Cormac Ryan with 16 (5/6 from beyond the arc), Daejon Davis with 15, and Marcus Sheffield with 10. Despite KZ’s big night, after the game Coach Hasse was quick to recognize the 3 turnovers he had, the high ceiling he posesses, and room for growth KZ still has as only a sophomore.

For Seattle, the following four players scored more than 10 points: sophomore guard Terrell Brown had 16, junior guard Matej Kavas and junior forward Anand Handal each had 13, and junior guard Morgan Means finished with 11.

Stanford shot an immaculate 73% (11/15) from three while finishing the game with a 52% overall field goal percentage. Seattle finished shooting 44% from the field. Stanford outrebounded Seattle 39-28 but unfortunately turned the ball over more as well, by a 13-11 margin.

Stanford will be back in action on November 9th on the road against UNC Wilmington at 1:00 PM PT. They will have the 8th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels on the road on November 12th before they return to Maples to play Wofford at 7:00 PM on November 16.

San Jose State men’s basketball to start season on Wednesday night

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — It’s obvious the San Jose State football team has been hapless, so let’s switch gears to the San Jose State men’s basketball team, who will tipoff the 2018-19 season on Wednesday night versus Life Pacific in the Event Center. The Spartans begin year two under second-year head coach Jean Prioleau. Spartan fans can listen to the broadcast by tuning into KLIV 1590 AM to hear Justin Allegri’s play-by-play call.

Game No. 1
Life Pacific at San Jose State
Wednesday Nov. 7 at 7:00 pm PT
Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.

A Spartan win would…
A win over the Warriors would give SJSU their third consecutive season opening win. It would also be the Spartans’ third-straight win over Life Pacific.

New Spartans
A total of nine newcomers are looking to make their San Jose State debuts. Prioleau added JUCO transfers Michael Steadman, Brae Ivey, Craig LeCesne and Brian Rodriguez-Flores to go with his freshman class that consists of Zach Chappell, Christian Anigwe, Kaison Hammonds, Seneca Knight and Trey Smith.

Returning starters
The Spartans will have a total of five lettermen return this season in Oumar Barry, Noah Baumann, Ashtin Chastain, Isaiah Nichols and Caleb Simmons.

Full offseason for Prioleau
Prioleau is entering his second season at the helm of SJSU men’s basketball and is coming off his first full offseason with the program. Prioleau was hired on August 4, 2017, and was given just three months to prepare for his debut. Now with a full offseason to prepare his team, Prioleau and his staff are excited about the Spartans’ potential.

Staff changes
Prioleau made some changes to his staff in the offseason. He brought in former NC State All-American Julius Hodge as an assistant coach and promoted director of operations Ryan Cooper to assistant coach.

More about Life Pacific
The Life Pacific Warriors are a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference and the NAIA. They opened the season with a 90-49 victory over Westcliff University before dropping their last game to Benedictine University 73-67. The Warriors are led by Tim Cook in his third season.

Tropical breeze
After two home games to start off the season, the Spartans will hit the skies for a very long trip east to Bimini, The Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam from Nov. 15-18. SJSU will face Weber State in their opening game at 8:30 pm PT on November 15.

San Jose State men’s basketball announces 2018-19 TV schedule

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By: Ana Kieu

San Jose State men’s basketball will play on a nationally televised stage five times during Mountain West play during the 2018-19 season. The conference and its national TV partners finalized the schedule and made the announcement on Wednesday.

“I’m excited that our team will get multiple opportunities to play on a national stage, especially at home,” head coach Jean Prioleau said. “We enjoy having the chance to make some noise and perform at a high level in front of a lot of viewers. The national spotlight is great exposure for this program and I’m excited for our fans and the San Jose community as a whole.”

Two of the five games broadcasted will be played in the Event Center. The Spartans welcome UNLV for a 2 pm PT contest on Sunday, February 16, and New Mexico for a 7 pm PT tip on Tuesday, February 26. Both games will be broadcasted by AT&T SportsNet.

The Spartans’ fans’ first chance to catch SJSU on television will be Wednesday, January 9th at Nevada on CBS Sports Network. The Spartans also have televised road contests slated for Saturday, January 19th at UNLV and Wednesday, February 13th at New Mexico.

Additionally, any SJSU men’s basketball game not on national television will be broadcasted on the MW Network via watchstadium.com. Links for those games will be available all season long on the MBB schedule page and TheMW.com.

Date                                     Location                            Opponent         Network                           Time

1/9/2019                           Reno, Nev.                          Nevada               CBS Sports Network     8:00 p.m. PT

1/19/2019                         Las Vegas, Nev.                 UNLV                    AT&T SportsNet             4:30 p.m. PT

2/13/2019                         Albuquerque, N.M.          New Mexico      AT&T SportsNet             6:00 p.m. PT

2/16/2019                         The Event Center            UNLV                    AT&T SportsNet             2:00 p.m. PT

2/26/2019                         The Event Center            New Mexico      AT&T SportsNet             7:00 p.m. PT

It’s one thing after another: SJSU continues to make headlines, despite tons of losses

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State, as the headline suggests, has been a recent victim of what appears to be a media circus surrounding the school’s athletic program.

Just hours after SJSU lost to UC Davis 44-38, a columnist at the Reno Gazette-Journal suggested that the Mountain West Conference should get rid of SJSU.

More recently, SJSU baseball was placed on a two-year probation by the NCAA for practice time violations under former head coach Jason Hawkins, who was also given a one-year show cause penalty. Hawkins was accused of asking players to participate in voluntary activities before and after practices. Hawkins then listed those activities on the daily practice schedules, which led players to believe their presences were mandatory. Other coaches observed some of those activities and held practices that ran longer than their scheduled times.

Hawkins, as you may already know, resigned in February after being placed on administrative leave.

SJSU athletics director Marie Tuite issued a statement Thursday.

Tuite said, “We are committed to adhering to NCAA and conference rules and self-reporting when we learn of violations. We have a comprehensive rules education program, and we emphasize the importance of having a culture of compliance in our program at all times. … The violations were isolated to our baseball program and occurred under the previous coaching staffs during the 2017 and 2018 academic years. The violations were discovered and self-reported by the institution.”

Tuite added, “We will continue to emphasize rules education, compliance and self-reporting of violations in our program. Compliance will always be at the core and a guiding principle of everything we do in our athletics program.”

The NCAA Committee of Infractions reportedly commended SJSU for immediately acknowledging and accepting responsibility and imposing meaningful corrective measures.

While I’m glad SJSU acknowledged and accepted responsibility, things like this should’ve have happened in the first place. As a SJSU alumna, I’ll always stand by the Blue and Gold, but enough is enough. I hate to say it, but it’s starting to become more clear as time passes by. And, it’s not really about the wins and championship seasons right now; but the culture–especially within the sports teams–has to change sooner than later.

Former men’s basketball coach Dave Wojcik also resigned just months after the 2016-17 season following an investigation along with a lawsuit filed by a former player.

In case you need a refresher, Jean Prioleau is the current head coach for SJSU men’s basketball. Prioleau, however, isn’t much better. Prioleau just racked up a 4-26 (1-17 MW) record last season, and will enter his second season as a head coach this coming November. Like Wojcik, Prioleau’s abilities aren’t just limited to the court.

According to an inside source, Prioleau has attracted tons of haters, but for the wrong reasons. Last year, SJSU star Ryan Welage (now with the Xavier Musketeers) wasn’t introduced during a sports-related banquet, and Welage was never properly acknowledged, despite receiving a phone call.

I don’t think the MWC is going to part ways with SJSU anytime soon, but I do think the Spartans should focus on picking up wins and positively shifting core values in all men’s and women’s sports.

Stanford Cardinal defeats Washington Huskies 94-78 for the ​second time this season; That’s two straight wins in a row for Stanford

photo by gostanford.com: Stanford Cardinal Travis Reid (22) led Stanford in offense on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion with 33 points

By Alexandra Evans

PALO ALTO—After defeating their archrivals, the California Golden Bears, in Berkeley on Sunday, the Stanford Cardinal Men’s Basketball team (15-13 overall, 9-6 in the Pac-12) returned to Maples Pavillion on Thursday night to face the Washington Huskies (18-10 overall, 8-7 in the Pac-12), whom they beat 73-64 in mid-January on the road. Both teams were 8-6 in the Pac-12 conference going into the match.

Humphrey made the first basket for the Cardinal and Noah Dickerson for the Huskies. The Cardinal kept a lead over the Huskies for the entire first half, which gradually increased as the period progressed. The Huskies started trailing the Cardinal by the double digits 5:29 in after forward Dorian Pickens made a three-pointer.

Huskies’ Dominic Green cut Stanford’s lead back into the single digits at 10:28, but only for 19 seconds, when Stanford’s Reid Travis made a jumper. The lead remained in the double digits from there on out. At the end of the period, the Cardinal exceeded the Huskies by 22 points.

Travis ended the period with 23 points, the highest on the team, and Pickens, Travis’ runner-up, finished the opening stanza with 12 points. Dickerson led the Huskies with 10 points, followed by Jaylen Nowell who had seven.

The second period began with a jumper from Pickens to make the score 50-26. The Huskies began inching their way toward cutting the Cardinal’s lead below 20 (and they came close at the four-minute mark when David Crisp got a layup to make the score 56-36), but the Cardinal held on as Oscar da Silva made a three-pointer at the five minute mark, keeping them ahead of the Huskies by more than 20 points.

Da Silva made one of three free throws just after the seven-minute mark to bring the score to 62-42. Daejon Davis (who was originally committed to the University of Washington) then stepped in for da Silva.

Dominic Green made a jumper for the Huskies to bring the Cardinal’s lead down to 18 points. Additionally, after Josh Sharma was fouled, Nahziah Carter made both free throws to cut the lead to 16 points. Then, Green made a three-pointer with 11 minutes remaining on the clock, and the Huskies trailed only by 13 (62-49), the closest they’d get to a single digit lead since early in the first half.

After much back and forth in the three minutes that followed, a dunk from Humphrey, a three-pointer from Pickens, a layup from da Silva, two free throws from Pickens, and a three-pointer from da Silva, the Cardinal inched their way back up to a 19-point lead, then 21 after da Silva made a dunk. Crisp made a three-pointer for the Huskies, followed by a layup from Humphrey for the Cardinals, and then another three-pointer from Matisse Thybulle brought the score to 78-62.

Carter chimed in on the three-pointer action and shot one for the Huskies with just over 6 minutes remaining in the match, and the score was 80-65. Nowell got a layup with 5:19 remaining and the lead was once again cut to 13 points, and then increased to 14 after Pickens made one of two free throws for the Cardinal.

Travis stepped on the line for a bonus one-and-one, making both shots to bring the score to 83-67. Carter then made a free throw (83-68) for the Huskies.

Carter was fouled with just over four and a half minutes remaining, giving Travis two free throw opportunities, both of which he made. Carter made a three-pointer for the Huskies before his teammate Hameir Wright was fouled, giving Davis two free throws; he made one to make the score 87-71.

A three-pointer from Thybulle cut the Cardinal’s lead to 12, then KZ Okpala made one of two free throws from Stanford to make it 13 once again. Carter missed a three-pointer which would have brought the lead down to 10 points.

The Cardinal closed out their win with one free throw from Travis and another from Okpala.

Travis earned a career high in points and led the Cardinal with 33, and Pickens finished second with 20 points. Nowell led the Huskies with 18 points, followed by Carter with 17.

Stanford will face the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, February 24, which is also Senior Day. Pickens and Humphrey will be honored for their contribution to Cardinal Basketball.

Stanford snaps losing streak, Upsets the Oregon Ducks

by Jerry Feitelberg

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photo courtesy of Google Images also main page AP photo Stanford’s Christian Sanders (1) and Michael Humphrey (right) congratulate each other in second half of game vs. Oregon Ducks on Saturday night

What a turnaround for the Stanford Cardinal. After a loss Thursday night to the Oregon State Beavers, the Cardinal had to face the Oregon Ducks Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion. The Ducks entered the game ranked twelfth or thirteen in the nation with a record of 20-5 and were 9-3 in conference play, good enough for first place. the Cardinal had lost four in a row, and their record was a mediocre 11-11. Who would have thought they could upset the Ducks. That, however, is exactly what the Cardinal did as they sent the vaunted University of Oregon Ducks down to defeat 76-72. It was the Rosco Allen show on Saturday as the big six-nine senior, born in Budapest, Hungary, scored twenty-five in the win. Dorian Pickens had a great game, too. Pickens scored sixteen and had two important three-point shots in the contest. Forward Grant Verhoeven, starting the game Saturday, continued his excellent play. Verhoeven, relegated to the bench for most of the season, scored a career-high thirteen points. The Cardinal played solid defense all throughout the game and defense won it for them late in the second half.

The Cardinal ended the first half with a four-point lead over the nationally-ranked Ducks. The play was fairly even in the early going as neither team could take advantage of the other teams miscues. Oregon led 26-25 with under three minutes left in the half. Stanford went on a 7-0 run. Dorian Pickens made a three-point shot and Grant Verhoeven, and Rosco Allen made layups that put the Cardinal ahead by six points. Oregon cut the deficit to two when guard Tyler Dorsey scored with just two seconds left in the half.  Rosco Allen led the Cardinal scorers with fourteen. Teammate Dorian Pickens added six. The Ducks’ Tyler Dorsey had eight and Dillon Brooks pitched in with six. The Cardinal shot 44% from the floor while the Ducks were at 43%. The Cardinal made six out of eight three-point shots. Oregon tried eleven but made just three. The Cardinal outrebounded the Ducks 18-13. The Ducks big man, six-foot-ten-inch Chris Boucher scored just three points and had to leave the game late in the first half as he committed three fouls. Stanford leads 32-28.

Both teams played a much better second half. Stanford led most of the way. The Cardinal increased the lead to eleven with just 4:54 left in the game. The Ducks refused to quit and somehow were able to tie the game at seventy-two. Rosco Allen made a free throw to put Stanford ahead by one with less than a minute to play. The Ducks’ Dillon Brooks missed a jumper with fourteen seconds left. The Ducks fouled Marcus Allen on the rebound. He made one free throw. Stanford leads by two points. Stanford blocked Dillon Brooks shot. Had Brooks made the shot, the game would have been tied. Marcus Allen was fouled again and this time, he made both free throws to salt the game away for Stanford. The Ducks trailed by four and even if they made a three-point shot, it would not keep them from going down to defeat.

Game notes- Rosco Allen, Grant Verhoeven, Dorian Pickens were the scoring leaders for the Cardinal Saturday. Marcus Allen made three critical free throws late in the game to secure the win. Scoring leaders for the Ducks were Dillon Brooks with twenty-four, Tyler Dorsey with fourteen and Elgin Cook with eleven.

Stanford is off to Pullman to face the Washington State Cougars on Thursday and then to Seattle to face the University of Washington Huskies on Saturday. The Cardinal play the USC Trojans at home on February 26th then play the UCLA Bruins on the 28th at Maples.

Attendance was 5462.

 

Oregon State sends the Cardinal down to their fourth straight loss.

by Jerry Feitelberg

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photo courtesy of Google images also main page AP photo Oregon State’s Drew Eubanks (12) grabs a rebound in the Beavers win over Stanford on Thursday night

PALO ALTO–The woes continue for the Stanford Cardinal as they lost their fourth straight game. The visiting Oregon State Beavers beat them 62-50. The Beavers were seeking to avenge the loss to Stanford earlier in the season at Gill Arena in Corvallis. The only time the Cardinal didn’t trail was the first twenty-seven seconds of the game when the score was 0-0. The Beavers took the early lead and never relinquished it. The Cardinal trailed by five at the half but scored just twenty-one points in the second half. They went cold and scored just one bucket during a seven-minute stretch midway through the second half. Both teams played sloppily down the stretch but Stanford could not get anything going as they went down to defeat. With the loss, Stanford is 11-11 for the year but are just 4-7 in Pac-12 ply and are currently in ninth place. The Beavers improved to 15-8.

The Beavers took an early 5-0 lead in the first period and led for all twenty minutes as the finished leading the Cardinal 33-29. The Beavers biggest lead was seven but every time the Cardinal closed the gap, the Beavers answered and kept them at bay. Stanford was led Grant Verhoeven, coming off the bench . with eight points. Rosco  Allen had seven and 6-foot nine-inch sophomore Mike Humphrey added six. Freshman guard Marcus Sheffield also added six.  The Beavers were led by Tres Tinkle’s ten, while Malcom Duvier pitched in with nine. Duvivier hit three three-point shots.  Gary Payton, OSU’s leading scorer, had just four points in the half. Stanford shot 52.4% from the floor while OSU’s percentage was just 46.2% Both teams had nine defensive rebounds. OSU had five offensive boards while Stanford could just get one. Big difference in the score was due to the fact that OSU scored nine second chance points and  the Cardinal did not get any.

The Beavers scored the first four points in the second half to take a 37-29 lead. They incresed the lead to eleven with 12;46 left in the game. OSU’s Langston Morris-Walker , who hails from Berkeley, hit a three-pointer to give the Beavers the big advantage. The Beavers biggest lead of the night was twelve but the Cardinal, try as they might, could not overcome the deficit. They did cut the lead to five when Rosco Allen scored a layup. Allen was fouled but he missed the free throw. The Beavers increased the lead to eight but the Cardinal’s Dorian Pickens hit a three to cut the lead to five with 1:31 left in the game. The Beavers led at that point 54-49 but they took command of the last 91 seconds as they outscored the Cardinal 8-1 to win by twelve 62-50.

Game notes- Rosco Allen led Stanford with twelve points. Grant Verhoeven added ten and freshman Marcus Sheffield had eight. The Cardinal shot just 6 for 24 in the seconad half and shot 37% for the game. OSU shot 45.8% from the floor. Scoring leaders for the Beavers were Tres Tinkle with ninetine, Gary Payton added fourteen and Malcolm Duvivier pitched in with eleven.

The Cardinl returns to play against the Oregon Ducks Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion. The Cal Bears beat the Ducks 83-60 Thursday night in Berkeley and the nationally-ranked Ducks will be looking to get back on the winnig track. Game time will be at 1 PM.

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Stanford meets Oregon Saturday afternoon at 1 pm at Maples Pavilion.

Attendance was just 4519