The Stanford Cardinal shook off a sluggish first half after an early start at Magness Arena for a 66-57 win over the Denver Pioneers on Sunday.
The Cardinal shot just 8-for-22 (36.4 percent) in the first half, but heated up in the second half to go 12-for-23 (52.2 percent). The Pioneers (0-2) were just 9-for-24 (37.5) before halftime and were 9-for-19 (47.4 percent) after intermission.
Anthony Brown added 12 points and five steals for Stanford, which has won two in a row since a 112-103 loss to BYU at Maples Pavilion on Monday night. The game started at noon local time, which equated to an 11 a.m. start on the West Coast.
Josh Huestis had nine rebounds to lead the Cardinal, who held a 32-28 edge on the glass, to go with nine points and Stanford also won the turnover battle, forcing Denver into 18 giveaways to just 11 for the Cardinal. Huestis also had nine points and two blocked shots.
Chris Udofia was the only Pioneer in double figures with 20 points and he also had 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. Denver lost its second straight game to a Pac-12 opponent, coming off a 77-50 defeat at Cal on Tuesday.
The Cardinal return home to host Texas Southern (2-2) in the regional round of the Progressive Legends Classic before heading to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the main part of the tournament Nov. 25-26.