Cardinal use a fast start to upend Valpo 74-60

Brandon Angel led the Stanford Cardinal in scoring with 13 points against the Valparaiso Crusaders for Angel a career high in scoring at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto Wed Nov 17, 2021 (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

By Daniel Dullum
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Stanford used a big first half to pull away from visiting Valparaiso on Wednesday, as the Cardinal prevailed 74-60 in non-conference men’s basketball at Maples Pavilion.

Spencer Jones and Maxime Reynaud sparked an 11-1 Cardinal run to open the game, then Brandon Angel hit a 3-pointer, Noah Taitz added two more treys, and Stanford opened up a 14-point lead and never looked back.

Stanford led 39-23 at halftime. Angel opened the second half with a pair of 3-pointers, as the Cardinal built a 54-33 lead with 14 minutes to play.

Angel and Taitz led Stanford (3-1) with 13 and 11 points, respectively, as the Cardinal utilized its entire roster. Angel’s total was a career-high.

Maxime Raymaud had nine points and four rebounds, and Jaiden Delaire contributed eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Harrison Ingram and Isa Silva each had five assists.

Trevor Anderson, a transfer from Wisconsin, led the Beacons (0-3) with 18 points and 10 rebounds; Sheldon Edwards was next for Valpo with 11 points and three steals.

Stanford outrebounded the Beacons 34-25, and connected on 11-of-23 3-pointers.

Beacons head coach Matt Lottich played at Stanford from 2000 to 2004. It was his first opportunity to coach against the Cardinal.

Stanford travels to Waco, Texas, to face Baylor on Saturday morning. Tip-off is 10 a.m. Pacific.

NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson: Indiana University says mascot, logo and name have to go; Ex-Rugters player arrested for murder; plus more

Valparaiso Crusaders head coach Matt Lottich (right) with Sheldon Edwards (13) and Ben Krikke (23) come back to the bench during a time out in their game against Drake on Sun Feb 7, 2021. The team name Crusaders, logo, and mascot are being done away with. (AP News photo)

On the NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle:

#1 Michelle, Indiana University Valparaiso said it’s changing the name from Crusaders to something else. The University is made up of Lutherans and the student president Kaitlyn Stienhiser said the Crusader name doesn’t represent the core values of the university and that logos, the nickname, the mascot will all have to go.

#2 Former Rutgers Scarlet Knights basketball player Logan Kelly 26 was arrested for murder. Kelly is accused of slashing a Tijuana night club employee’s throat. Kelly had walked up behind the employee and killed the woman. He was detained by club employees and arrested. The woman was 19 years old. Kelly played for Rutgers during the 2012-2013 season.

#3 NAIA school Bluefield College in Virginia had it’s game forfeited by the university’s president David Olive because the players were taking a knee during the national anthem. Olive who is white ordered the players to stop taking a knee before the anthem and suspended all players involved in the kneeling saying they were disrespecting the flag, the country and the military veterans.  Olive said he supported their message but didn’t want them taking a knee before games. There could be some political blow back for Olive here.

Michelle’s Final thoughts

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