Okpala scores 22 to lead Stanford past Cougars, 98-50
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Even without point guard Daejon Davis, Stanford just kept rolling, widening the gap from start to finish in beating Washington State 98-50 on Thursday night.
Edwards, Martin spark Arizona State past Stanford, 80-62
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Rob Edwards didn't need to take many shots to have an efficient performance for Arizona State.
The junior guard scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added five...
Sharma’s double-double helps Stanford beat UCLA 104-80
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Not even a 35-minute delay at halftime to replace the backboards distracted Josh Sharma or his Stanford teammates.
Sharma scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds to help Stanford beat UCLA 104-80 on Saturday night.
"We came out strong in the second half," Sharma said. "We got it up to a 20-point lead in a short amount of time. We tried to stay focused and stay loose."
Wills helps Stanford rally past USC 79-76
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Sheffield hasn't scored much this season. When he's needed, though, he's ready.
Sheffield, who missed of all last year with an injury, scored a season-high 16 points, including a key 3-pointer, and Stanford rallied to beat Southern California 79-76 on Wednesday night.
"I stay prepared, come in and play defense," Sheffield said. "The shots are going to come."
Pritchard scores 20 as Oregon beats Stanford 69-46
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Stanford knew exactly who the masked man was at the center of Oregon's defense.
Yet it still didn't matter, as Kenny Wooten blocked more shots than the Cardinal made for most of the first half.
"We were very clear on who he was and what he did," Stanford coach Jerod Haase said, "but we didn't execute the game plan very well."
Da Silva scores 23, Stanford overwhelms Oregon State 83-60
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A key component of Stanford's game plan was to come out confident and attack the basket, Oscar da Silva said.
"I tried to be aggressive right from the get-go. I tried to take it at their bigs, get into their zone from the high post, and that worked really well," da Silva said.
The sophomore guard tied a career-high with 23 points and had nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists as Stanford handled Oregon State 83-60 on Thursday night.
Okpala scores 30 to help Stanford hold off Cal 84-81
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Stanford coach Jerod Haase would like to see KZ Okpala improve his passing and defense over the next few years.
Okpala's scoring? Not an issue at all.
Okpala scored a career-high 30 points and had eight rebounds, and Stanford held on to beat California 84-81 on Sunday.
It's the 12th time this season that Okpala has had 20 or more points, most in the Pac-12 teams and eight more than he had all of last season.
Oscar da Silva scores 21 in Stanford’s win over Colorado
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Oscar da Silva reset the way he approached the game and that led to a big offensive night.
Da Silva scored 21 points and had seven rebounds and Stanford ended a nine-game losing streak to Colorado with a 75-62 victory over the Buffaloes on Saturday.
"It's a mindset of wanting to win," da Silva said. "Finding a rhythm early helps."
Da Silva, who went scoreless in Thursday's loss to Utah, had 13 points in the first half.
Stanford downs Washington State behind Davis, Da Silva
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Daejon Davis scored 15 points with six assists and Stanford beat Washington State 78-66 on Saturday.
WSU cut the lead to 69-64 on Robert Franks' two free throws with 2:28 left but then knocked a potential defensive rebound out of bounds. Bryce Wills made an easy dunk on the next possession to extend the lead and Stanford (9-9, 2-4, Pac-12 Conference) scored six unanswered points in the final 55 seconds.
Okpala, da Silva each score 21 in Stanford’s 85-71 victory
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Oscar da Silva acknowledged he hasn't always brought the right mindset into a game. He changed that Saturday.
Da Silva scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds, KZ Okpala added 21 points and nine rebounds and Stanford downed Arizona State 85-71 on Saturday to earn its first conference victory.
"He was awesome," Stanford coach Jerod Haase said of da Silva. "He has to be one of the guys who play at a high level. I'd like to see Oscar play like that more consistently."
Sharma’s double-double helps Stanford beat Long Beach St.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Josh Sharma found himself out of the starting lineup Saturday following a discussion with Stanford coach Jerod Haase.
"He challenged me to play with more passion and energy," said Sharma, who took it to heart.
Stanford's only senior recorded his first double-double with career highs of 23 points and 18 rebounds and the Cardinal beat Long Beach State 93-86 on Saturday night.
Sharma, whose previous career bests were 15 points and nine rebounds, was 10-of-15 shooting.
Okpala, Stanford beat UNC Wilmington 72-59 in long trip east
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Even Stanford coach Jerod Haase knows that the Cardinal's early season schedule might be a bit much.
Sophomore KZ Okpala had 23 points and Stanford scored 17 unanswered first-half points to take control and beat UNC Wilmington 72-59 on Friday night, the first of two games in North Carolina amid a November full of cross-country flights.
Stanford regroups after top player Reid Travis transfers
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford's best player left the program. Reid Travis is now wearing a Kentucky uniform as a graduate transfer.
The Cardinal will try to fill the big shoes of the departed big man, the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season after he was such a fixture during four years on The Farm.
Last season: 19-16.
Coach: Jerod Haase, third season.
Who's gone: F Reid Travis transferred to Kentucky as a graduate transfer, Dorian Pickens.
Who's back: G Daejon Davis (10.7 ppg) and F KZ Okpala (10.0 ppg) are experienced members from the sophomore class while 7-foot center Josh Sharma is the lone senior on the roster but has never started a game. He blocked 27 shots last season.
Pac-12 coaches paying close attention to corruption trial
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stanford coach Jerod Haase believes that in due time college basketball will get past its recruiting corruption scandal and regain its credibility.
Programs everywhere are paying close attention to the federal trial on college basketball corruption in Manhattan.
Stanford rolls over Cal 76-58 at Pac-12 tourney
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Getting the ball to Reid Travis early is the key to Stanford's offensive success. He gets a few baskets, the opposing team has to adjust and the Cardinal can play free and easy.
They sure did against rival California.
Travis triggered a quick start, finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and led Stanford in a 76-58 rout over Cal in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.
Stanford holds on in wild finish to beat Arizona State 84-83
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Stanford had a rough nonconference experience, losing to the likes of Eastern Washington and Portland State. Arizona State was a perfect 12-0 at the same time, with wins over Xavier and Kansas.
The Pac-12 season turned things around for both schools, right through the frantic finish of the teams' regular-season finale.
Stanford holds off late surge to beat California 77-73
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — It took a little bit of luck and a pair of big free throws from Dorian Pickens in the final seconds to keep Stanford from getting swept by California this season.
More critically, the Cardinal kept their hopes alive for a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament, a break that would be huge for coach Jerod Haase's team.
STANFORD, Calif. — Jordan Bell had a front-row seat for Stanford’s 96-61 win over Oregon and knew immediately the last time the Ducks lost by such a lopsided margin.
“At Arizona, my freshman year,” Bell said as he left Maples Pavilion following Stanford’s blowout victory over the Ducks in front of 4,894 Saturday afternoon.
Oregon’s loss to the Cardinal exceeded that 90-56 loss at Arizona on Jan. 28, 2015, as the worst defeat for the Ducks in eight years under Dana Altman.
Dorian Pickens was back, but that couldn’t stop Stanford from blowing a 17-point lead in eight minutes against California for its latest hard-to-explain loss of the season.
Arizona struggled early and USC has not lived up to its hype, but Stanford has been the most disappointing team in the Pac-12 this season. The Cardinal brought back four starters, including its top three scorers from last year, but sit 6-8 after collapsing at home against the Bears.
Travis leads Stanford past Montana 70-54
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford freshman Daejon Davis, coming off a nightmarish 11-turnover game, scored 17 points to help spark the Cardinal to a 70-54 win over Montana on Wednesday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.
"Wins feel great regardless of my stats. If I turn the ball over 100 times and we win, I'm happy for my team," Davis said.
Berry scores 29 points as No. 9 UNC beats Stanford 96-72
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Joel Berry II had no intentions of repeating his poor shooting performance from the last game.
He showed up at Maples Pavilion more than a half-hour before his teammates for Monday's shootaround, putting up some 200 extra shots from all over the floor — and it worked wonderfully.
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Last season: 14-17.
Coach: Jerod Haase, second season.
Who's gone: G Marcus Allen.
Who's back: F Reid Travis, G Dorian Pickens, F Michael Humphrey, G Robert Cartwright.
Stanford looks to build contender in Haase’s second season
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Jerod Haase spent last season establishing his culture at Stanford.
That included introducing the words the program would live by: invested, tough, and selfless.
Now, at last, he has an experienced roster back and some continuity to the program as he begins coaching his second year on The Farm.
Cartwright scores career-high 21 in Stanford victory
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Robert Cartwright enjoys going cold turkey and when it happened seven times in the first half, it makes for an easier game.
For Stanford, going cold turkey means getting three defensive stops in succession and that led to a runaway game.
Cartwright set a career-high for the second straight game, scoring 21 points in Stanford's convincing 84-54 victory over Washington State on Thursday night.
Stanford beats Cal State East Bay 79-55 behind Travis
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford returned to the basketball court Friday night after as many as eight of its players completed final exams in the morning.
"I didn't have the guts to play a high-level Division I team today," coach Jerod Haase said after his Cardinal beat Division II Cal State East Bay 79-55.
Reid Travis powered his way to 24 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and Stanford (7-3) made its first seven shots from the field to take charge from the start.
Jerod Haase developing Stanford program for the long haul
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — At the family home in South Lake Tahoe, Carol Haase sent her husband out to the shed to search for just the right pieces of wood.
The creative mother of five had begun planning yet another important project in a long list of them for her kids. Son Jerod Haase, in his first season as Stanford men's basketball coach, had commissioned her to create a pair of wood-burning art pieces — including one for outside the Cardinal locker room at Maples Pavilion.
Pickens scores 21, Stanford beats Seton Hall 66-52
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Dorian Pickens had 21 points and Reid Travis added 16 as Stanford beat Seton Hall 66-52 Sunday in the fifth-place game at the AdvoCare Invitational.
Pickens picked up nine points in a 15-1 surge as Stanford (6-1) grabbed a 43-31 advantage with 12:30 to play.
"Dorian is so smooth, so confident, so fluid," Stanford coach Jerod Haase said.
Pickens averaged 18.3 points in his three invitational games.
Pickens’ late 3 lifts Stanford past Indiana State 65-62
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Dorian Pickens hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 3 seconds to play and Stanford beat Indiana State 65-62 in the consolation round of the AdvoCare Invitational on Friday.
Pickens' game-winner came just 3 seconds after Indiana State had tied it at 62 on a 3 by Brenton Scott.
"I promise at some point we're going to have some pretty games," Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. "It was certainly a grind."
Pickens scores 17, Stanford beats Colorado State 56-49
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Dorian Pickens scored 17 points and Stanford beat Colorado State 56-49 on Sunday in a matchup of two teams still trying to figure out how to consistently score.
"They certainly did a great job playing a very compact defense, but we also made some mistakes," said first-year Stanford coach Jerod Haase, whose team improved to 4-0 but had its lowest point total of the season.
Stanford beats CS Northridge in Jerod Haase’s home debut
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Reid Travis scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Stanford made coach Jerod Haase a winner in his home debut with a 96-69 victory over Cal State Northridge on Tuesday night.
Haase, who began his college playing career at Bay Area rival Cal, came to Stanford after four seasons as coach at Alabama-Birmingham. He replaced Johnny Dawkins, who got Stanford to the NCAA Tournament just once in eight seasons.