Play suspended in Stanford’s game after opponent breaks backboard (VIDEO)


The second game of Stanford’s tour of Italy was suspended in the second quarter after an opponent broke the backboard on a dunk attempt.

Dexter Pittman, the former Texas big man now playing for Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna in Italy’s top league, went up for a two-handed dunk with 7:22 remaining in the first half. Freshman forward Josh Sharma recovered to break up the play, but Pittman had enough force to break the backboard.

According to Stanford, the teams were forced to travel 15 minutes down the road to finish the game. Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna would go on to defeat the Cardinal, 75-63, on Thursday. Stanford had defeated Stella Azzurra Roma, 75-26, in the first game of the foreign tour.

Reid Travis recorded a double-double of 19 points and 14 boards in a losing effort for Stanford. Marcus Allen had 16 points, scoring in double figures for the second straight game. Roscoe Allen and Dorian Pickens, who had a team-high 15 points on Tuesday, added 10 apiece.

The next contest for the Cardinal is on Saturday against Fileni BPA Jesi.