Stanford Slides By San Diego

Men's Hoops Editor Ray Salloom provides the Bootleg faithful a look at the game flow, stats, and facts after Stanford used a 17-0 run in the first half, fueled by the bench, and eased to a 75-55 win over the University of San Diego Toreros on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion.

The Stanford Cardinal, coming off a long layoff after finals on the Farm, utilized a 17-0 run sparked by the bench early in the first half to cruise to a 75-55 win over the University of San Diego Toreros on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion. Josh Owens led the way with 17 points on 5-5 shooting from the field and 7-9 from the free throw line. Chasson Randle was the only other player in double-figures for Stanford, finished with 15. San Diego was led by Johnny Dee's 12 points, but the prolific scorer was shut out in the second half by a defense determined to shut him down. Stanford moves to 9-1 on the season while San Diego drops to 5-6.

Up 12 at the half, the Cardinal extended their lead to 18 just three minutes in and were up by as many as 23 before San Diego cut the deficit to 15 after a 9-1 run over a 4:51 span. However, Stanford didn't allow them to get any closer the rest of the way.

Stanford shot 51% from the field, 33% beyond the arc, and 67% at the charity stripe, while San Diego made just 42% of their shots (55% in the second half, a disappointing effort by the standards of Owens and head coach Johnny Dawkins as they both mentioned it post-game), 33% from three-point land, and 77% from the free throw line.

Three minutes into the contest, Stanford was down 6-2, prompting Dawkins to make a wholesale substitution of his starting five, bringing in Jack Trotter, Dwight Powell, Josh Huestis, Gabriel Harris, and Jarrett Mann to the ball game. The substitution paid off handsomely as the group spearheaded a 17-0 sprint over 5:35 to change the four-point deficit into a 13-point lead. Every shot was a layup, except for John Gage's baseline jumper, which capped the run. San Diego quickly got it back down to 19-11, but the Cardinal would lead by as many as 14 before settling for a 33-21 lead at the break after an athletic finish by Aaron Bright as the game and shot clocks wound down.

Stanford next takes on the 2010-11 MEAC regular season champion Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Monday at 7:00pm at Maples Pavilion.
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