The Stanford Cardinal never trailed in the second half, but had to battle down the stretch to hold off the visiting Bucknell Bison at Maples Pavilion Friday night for a 72-68 win.
It was the season opener for both teams.
Chasson Randle scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and took the lead for good midway through the second half when Dom Hoffman converted a layup to put the Cardinal on top 51-49.
Ben Brackney had a chance to tie it for Bucknell with 2:47 remaining, but hit just two of three from the line to leave Stanford with a 67-66 lead.
Anthony Brown helped seal deal for the Cardinal when he canned a corner 3 with 2:37 left.
Dwight Powell had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Stanford, which led 35-34 at the half. Brown added 14 points and Stefan Nastic had 11.
Brackney had 13 points and eight rebounds for Bucknell, which graduated three starters from last year’s team that went a school-record 28-6 and lost to Butler in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Stanford is coming off a 19-15 season and a loss at Alabama in the second round of the NIT.
The Cardinal will be in action Monday night, hosting BYU for an 8 p.m. Pacific tip off. The Cougars opened the season Friday night with an 81-72 win over Weber State.