Coach Johnny Dawkins and the Stanford Cardinals probably let heavy underdog Cal State Fullerton keep the game too close for too long in the late hours of Monday, leading into Tuesday morning at Maples Pavilion.
But with a 56-50 lead and under 12 minutes remaining, sophomore guard Chasson Randle helped spur a 23-5 run over the next seven minutes that sealed the game and helped the Cardinals to an 81-63 victory.
Randle finished with 24 points and his backcourt mate, Aaron Bright, added 16 points and four assists.
“I thought it was a combination of our speed and size,” Dawkins said after the game. “I thought our guys did a good job defensively in the first half. We tried to make them take some difficult shots. They made some tough shots, they have some very good guards and it showed.”
Dwight Powell, a 6-10 native of Toronto, had his second straight strong campaign of the 2012-13 season, finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. He had 27 points and seven rebounds in Stanford’s season-opening win against San Francisco.
Powell’s effort was part of a 36-29 Stanford advantage on the glass, including 12-5 on the offensive boards.
“I think we have guys who should be able to play consistently throughout the year, and I think nights like Dwight had the other night could be normal,” Bright said. “Him putting up 20 points, Chasson putting up 20-plus points, I think we have guys who are able to play like that consistently throughout the year.”
Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_
Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.
The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.
News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.
LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.
Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.
Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.
Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.