It was a career night for junior Josh Huestis, as the forward scored 18 points in Stanford’s 69-51 win over Alcorn State Braves at Maples Pavilion.
Huestis was 8-10 from the field, and also recorded nine rebounds (five offensive). He picked up the slack for the rest of his teammates, as the Cardinal had a very bad shooting night overall. Stanford shot just 34 percent as a team, while the Braves were at 41 percent.
The only other Cardinal in double figures was guard Chasson Randle, who had 10 points, but had 10 turnovers and was 0-4 on three-point attempts.
So how did the Cardinal win by such a large margin? Greenwich Time explains:
Stanford outrebounded the Braves 51-29, including a 23-5 advantage on the offensive boards. As a result, the Cardinal outscored Alcorn State 20-4 on second-chance points.
“One of our goals coming into the game was to allow no second chances and to hold them to under seven offensive rebounds,” Braves coach Luther Riley said. “That didn’t work. They’re big, they push, they play physical.”
Alcorn State hung around early in the first half until Stanford went on a 13-2 run to pull away, building a lead as high as 22 points.
However, the Cardinal must step up their game if they want to earn a birth in the NCAA Championship this season. Sure, they can grind and power their way past smaller and weaker teams such as Alcorn State; but against the tough, ranked opponents, this kind of play will not result in success.
Stanford is now 3-0, and will take on Belmont at home on Sunday.