Stanford males’s basketball (3-1, 0-0 Pac-12) scored a season-high 95 factors in its victory towards Japanese Washington (0-4, 0-0 Massive Sky) Friday night, after a Tuesday loss to Santa Clara (5-0, 0-0 WCC). Regardless of two key gamers — senior ahead Brandon Angel and fifth-year ahead Spencer Jones — sitting out resulting from hand and wrist accidents, the Cardinal upheld a robust entrance.
“The fellows which can be coming in off the bench, we have now an excessive amount of confidence in,” stated head coach Jerod Haase concerning the new lineup and sub sample with Angel and Jones out. “We don’t need them to be passive and simply fill in for a pair minutes whereas the opposite guys are out. We would like them to be aggressive, and we all know that they’re good gamers.”
The primary half began with an early lead for Japanese Washington. Stanford’s protection struggled, permitting the Eagles to go six-for-nine from the arc throughout the first 11 minutes of the sport. The Cardinal offense was fast to reply, with a three-pointer from sophomore guard Ryan Agarwal initiating a 16-0 run. Notably featured was a dunk from graduate ahead James Keefe, in addition to threes from sophomore guard Benny Gealer and graduate guard Jared Bynum. Stanford went seven-for-10 from deep within the remaining 9 minutes of the interval.
Stanford’s guards continued to dominate from the perimeter because the clock ran down. One three from Gealer and graduate pupil Michael Jones every, sandwiched between two from freshman Andrej Stojakovic, gave the Cardinal a robust lead heading into halftime: 47-35.
“It’s been wonderful ever for the reason that begin of the summer season, having all these guys which have performed so many school video games which have been right here for a pair years and selecting their brains on daily basis,” Stojakovic stated.
Stanford amped its offense up much more within the second half — capturing 59.26% FG and 50% on the three-point line. Maples erupted in cheers for Stojakovic’s dunk, and threes from quite a lot of gamers stored the Cardinal followers on their ft. An incredible help by Bynum arrange junior ahead Maxime Raynaud for a dunk, pushing Stanford to a 20-point lead.
The final minute of the sport featured motion from much less incessantly seen gamers: redshirt freshman ahead Jaylen Thompson and graduate guard Roy Yuan. Thompson made a layup with simply 16 seconds on the clock, and Yuan adopted with a buzzer beater from deep. The Cardinal got here out on prime with a closing rating of 95-70.
The Cardinal roster showcased their expertise towards Japanese Washington. Even with out its central gamers, the crew executed its highest scoring win since 2019, with 4 gamers contributing double-digit scores. Stojakovic led the crew, matching his 18-point profession excessive. Subsequent in line was Michael Jones with 15 factors, adopted by Raynaud with 14 factors. Gealer scored a career-high of 13 factors, going four-for-five from deep.
Bynum matched his season-high of 10 assists, and Keefe noticed a career-high of 12 rebounds.
“A key a part of our id that we’re attempting to construct as a crew is that it doesn’t matter how the sport appears,” Keefe stated. “It doesn’t matter what the group is in Maples. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is — we’re attempting to carry the identical stage of depth within the struggle each night time. And I feel we did that tonight.”
Stanford is about to compete within the Battle 4 Atlantis match within the Bahamas this Thanksgiving break, with a primary spherical match towards No. 14 Arkansas on Wednesday.