The Stanford Cardinal will move onto the second round after defeating their first round opponent Stephen F. Austin by the final of 58-57. It was a rough game offensively for the Cardinal as they only shot just over 40% for the game. Either way they earned the victory and move on in the NIT tournament.
It was a very tight game all the way through with the Lumberjacks taking a one point lead into halftime. Neither team was able to get far ahead in the game but for the Cardinal they were able to muster enough points to gain the victory.
Leading the way for the winning Cardinal was player of the game Dwight Powell who finished with a team high 12 points and 15 rebounds. He also looked great on defense adding in four game-changing blocks.
Also key for Stanford was guard Aaron Bright who mananged to be the only other person with double-digit points. He scored 11 points, nine of which came from behind the arc.
It was a very different Cardinal team than we are used to as they got contributions from all over the court as opposed to their top three or four guys. Guys like John Gage, Robbie Lemons and Gabriel Harris all were able to step up and enable Stanford to take the vitctory.
For the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks it was a bit of a heartbrkear that they would havel iked to win. The were led by big man Taylor Smith but he was not enough. He scored 18 points nad had seven rebounds but again, was unable to pull out the victory.
With the win the Cardinal move on to face the number one seeded Alabama Crimson Tide out of the SEC. Stay tuned!