The Stanford Cardinal pulled away the Texas Southern Tigers to start the second half, blowing open a close game and cruising to a 97-71 win at Maples Pavilion Thursday night in the preliminary round of the Progressive Legends Classic.
The Cardinal (4-1) will now go to the championship round of the tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night, where they will play Houston (5-0) in the semifinals. Depending on outcomes, Stanford will play Pitt or Texas Tech on Tuesday.
Anthony Brown scored a career-high 23 points and had 10 rebounds to pace the Cardinal and his 15 first-half points helped Stanford to a 55-44 halftime edge. The Tigers (2-4) broke out quickly and led by as many as six points in the early going before the Cardinal were able to take control.
Josh Huestis had 18 points and three blocked shots for Stanford, while Chasson Randle added 15 points. Aaron Bright came off the bench for 12 points and six assists in 23 minutes and Dwight Powell scored 11 points and had five dimes.
The Cardinal came into the game averaging just 11.3 assists, but had 21 helpers against Texas Southern.
Texas Southern had, in essence, a two-man attack. Aaric Murray scored a game-high 28 points on 9-of-25 shooting and Jose Rodriguez finished with 24 points and six assists.
Stanford outrebounded the Tigers 51-32 and shot 37-for-78 (47.4 percent) overall and 13-for-26 (50 percent) from 3-point range. Texas Southern was 23-for-65 (35.4 percent) and 9-for-20 (45 percent) from deep. The Cardinal also dominated points in the paint, 44-24, and bench scoring, 28-6.