The Stanford Cardinal improved to 2-0 on the young season on Monday night as they defeated the Cal State Fullerton Titans by the score of 81-68 in their home opener.
The Titans played the Cardinal tight early on, as the score was deadlocked at 31-31 at halftime. Cal State would even take a four point leader after Jared Brandon’s jumper put them up 43-39 early in the second half.
But it would be all Stanford from that point, as the San Jose Mercury News explains:
Stanford came back to tie the score at 48 on a Powell basket with 13:44 remaining. [Aaron] Bright scored the next five points, all on free throws, to put the Cardinal ahead to stay.
Freshman Christian Sanders and Andy Brown combined for 12 points during a run that gave Stanford a double-digit lead with nine minutes remaining. The Cardinal lead grew to 24 points.
Bright finished with 16 points, and point guard Chasson Randle dropped a game high 24. Dwight Powell also had a nice game, finishing with a double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds).
“We got after them on the defensive end,” Randle said. “The guys created turnovers, and we turned those into points.”
Stanford’s next opponent will be the Alcorn State Braves at home on Thursday.