Portland State Defeats Stanford 87-78 in Final Round of PK80

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By Alexandra Evans

PORTLAND, OR—The Stanford Cardinal took on Portland State for the final round of the Phil Knight Invitational on Sunday evening, falling by nine points after having kept a lead over the Vikings the entire first half by as much as 14 points.

Stanford first took the lead 7-4 after freshman Isaac White made a three-pointer from the corner. Robert Cartwright then made a triple of his own to keep the Cardinal ahead 10-8. The lead persisted, courtesy of the point-maker himself, Reid Travis, with contribution from Daejon Davis who made his first career three-pointer. From there, Travis took off like a rocket. Over the course of 8 minutes, he scored 19 points to bring the Cardinal to a 44-35 lead at the half.

When the second 20 minutes commenced, the Vikings caught up to the Cardinal, trailing by only five points (49-44) in the first three minutes. Five minutes later, Portland State’s Jamie Orme tied the score 55-55.

The Vikings first claimed the lead after Michael Mayhew made a three-pointer to make the score 58-57. They then exceeded the Cardinal by six points, then three again, then by 10 (72-62), courtesy of Holland Woods (who gave the Vikings 13 points in the second half).

Portland State, at one point, exceeded Stanford by 17 points, who just barely caught up to  bring their lag to nine points, taking an 87-78 defeat.

On Friday, the second round of PK80, Stanford was defeated by Ohio State 79-71, and by the University of Florida on Thanksgiving Day, to whom they fell 108-87.

The Cardinal will return to the Bay Area to face the Montana Grizzlies on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m.

OSU Buckeyes overthrow Cardinal 79-70 in 2nd round of PK80

Ohio State University forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) tries to dribble around Stanford University forward Michael Humphrey (10) in a college basketball game during the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational between the Stanford Cardinal and Ohio State Buckeyes on November 24, 2017, at Moda Center in Portland, OR. (Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By Alexandra Evans

The Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball team returned to the court at the Moda Center to face the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the PK80 Invitational tournament in Portland but it was all for not as the Buckeyes got a nine point victory over the Cardinal at 79-70.

OSU exceeded Stanford for the first eight minutes until Reid Travis took a shot to give them a 7-6 lead. The Cardinal would keep their lead over the Buckeyes for the remainder of the half, until the last 45 seconds when OSU made a three pointer to tie the score 32-32.

The Buckeyes then managed to come back and keep a lead over the Cardinal, which gradually increased as the second half progressed. The closest Stanford came to catching OSU was after Oscar da Silva jumped to make a basket, putting the score at 70-65 with 45 seconds left.

OSU, now 5-1, put up a 79-71 win and will go on to face Butler University in the finals.

Stanford freshman Daejon Davis put up a career-high 15 points before fouling out of the match in the second half; Travis (who also fouled out) and da Silva tied for second with 14 points each.

“One thing I liked best, when I looked into their eyes, I didn’t feel a sense of defeat at any point. There was a belief and a confidence that we were going to find a way to get it done,” Jerod Haase, Stanford’s coach, said following the match.

Stanford is now 3-4 and prepared to make a comeback this Sunday (their opponent is TBD).

Stanford Cardinal fall to #7 Florida Gators by 21 points in PK80 opener 108-87

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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