The Stanford Cardinal used a second-half rally to overtake the visiting Northwestern Wildcats 71-58 at Maples Pavilion. Stanford (2-1) was behind as much as six points in the first half before Josh Huestis canned a 3-pointer to end the first half to give Stanford a 29-27 lead at the intermission.
Stanford then proceeded to open up an 18-point lead behind Huestis’ 13 points in the second half. Northwestern (1-1) could muster one rally to close the lead to single digits in the second half before Stanford slowly pulled away by limiting NU to 38.9 percent from the field.
The Cardinal were led by Huestis with 18 points, followed by Chasson Randle (14 points), Anthony Brown (12 points) and Stefan Nastic (11 points). Preseason All-American candidate Dwight Powell was limited to nine points and four rebounds. Brown and backup center Grant Verhoeven had eight rebounds apiece, while Powell paced the Cardinal with four assists.
JerShon Cobb led Northwestern with 19 points, while Drew Crawford chipped in 15 points. Sanjay Lumpkin grabbed seven boards before fouling out, with Crawford garnering six caroms. Dave Sobolewski led the Wildcats with four assists.
Stanford shot 24-of-48 (50.0 percent) from the field, 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) behind the 3-point arc, and 18-of-26 (69.2 percent) from the free throw line. Stanford out-rebounded Northwestern 34 to 31.
Northwestern shot 21-of-54 (38.9 percent) from the field, 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) behind the 3-point arc, and 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from the charity stripe.
Stanford travels to Denver for a Sunday game at 11 a.m. Pacific time.