The Stanford Cardinal (9-4) defeated the Lafayette Leopards (4-10), 65-59. The Cardinal now secure a key win heading into Pac-12 conference play. They face off against the USC Trojans on January 3rd for their conference opener. The Leopards play the New Jersey Institute of Technology in their next game on the 2nd of January.
Stanford once again struggled from the field only shooting 42.6% (26-61) from the field, but they were able to pull out the win. They shot an even worse 3-of-19 (15.85%) from three point land. Both Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis pulled in double-digit rebounds with 11 and 14 boards, respectively. Leading the way in points for the Cardinal, was Chasson Randle with 16 points and Allen with 11 points and four rebounds during his start. Josh Huestis again was able to establish his dominance, albeit rebounding rather than points. The starters combined for a total of 51 of the 65 points scored for the Cardinal and every starter scored at least seven points.
For Lafayette, Joey Ptasinski racked up 17 points including 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc. Second leading scorer Seth Hinrichs went 5-of-8 from the field including 4-of-6 from three point land for 16 points. The Leopards shot 11-0f-19, which includes 57.9% from downtown.
The team as a whole, including both Ptasinski and Hinrichs, were able to hit three-pointers with ease but without a consistent field goal percentage from inside the arc, and were unable overcome the multifaceted offense of the men’s Stanford basketball team. Tony Johnson continued to struggle shooting only 2-of-9 from the field for four points but was able to fill the stat sheet with five boards and helpers.
Upcoming for the Stanford Cardinal at home in Maples Pavilion are the USC Trojans. So far this season they have achieved a 4-8 record, winning three of their four games at the beginning of the season. Stanford will look to start conference play on a high-note with a win against a weaker Trojans basketball team.