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Pickens’ late 3 lifts Stanford past Indiana State 65-62

November 25, 2016
Indiana State guard Brenton Scott (4) makes a three-point shot in front of Stanford guard Robert Cartwright (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the AdvoCare Invitational tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Stanford won 65-62. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Indiana State guard Brenton Scott (4) makes a three-point shot in front of Stanford guard Robert Cartwright (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the AdvoCare Invitational tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Stanford won 65-62. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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 and Reid Travis both scored 19 for Stanford (5-1). Travis also had 12 rebounds.

Scott finished with 13 points in Indiana State’s second consecutive tough defeat at the Invitational. The Sycamores (2-3) lost 73-71 to No. 11 Iowa State in Thursday’s opening round.

“I’m tired of learning tough lessons,” Indiana State coach Greg Lansing said. “We’re not in for participating. We want to win these games.”

“I even more disappointed today than I was yesterday,” Lansing added. “More disappointed in our grit and our fight on the defensive end, and then our execution, especially down the stretch on the offensive end. Kind of got into our heads a little bit. Got a little bit too individual.”

Stanford went 22 of 27 from the free-throw line, with Travis and Robert Cartwright making six in the final minutes.

“That’s gutsy stuff,” Haase said.

Indiana State made 5 of 9 from the line.

Stanford shot 36.5 percent from the floor and Indiana State shot 37.9 percent.

There were 16 lead changes and 13 ties. Stanford held the biggest lead, seven points, five minutes into the second half.

Stanford needed a pair of free throw from Pickens with 4 seconds left to take a 32-31 halftime lead.

BIG PICTURE

Indiana State: The Sycamores have picked up their play against Power-5 conference opponents at the AdvoCare Invitational. Before the tourney, Indiana State lost to Northern Illinois (80-78 in overtime), while beating Ball State (80-74 in OT) and Missouri-St. Louis (95-55).

Stanford: The Cardinal were coming off a 67-53 loss to Miami in Thursday’s first round, a game where Stanford was outscored 44-26 in the second half.

NUMBERS GAME

Stanford dominated the boards, outrebounding the Sycamores 47-31. ... The Cardinal had 18 turnovers compared with Indiana State’s seven. The Sycamores, however, scored just 14 points off the turnovers.

PICKENS’ POWER

The junior guard has scored in double figures in 10 of his last 11 games, dating to last season. Through two games at the AdvoCare Invitational, Pickens is averaging 17 points, five rebounds and two assists.

UP NEXT

Indiana State: Will play either Quinnipiac or Seton Hall in Sunday’s seventh-place game.

Stanford: Will try to conclude the tournament with a 2-1 record in the fifth-place game Sunday against either Quinnipiac or Seton Hall.

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