The Stanford Cardinal corralled the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Mustangs 79-62 in their final tune-up before PAC-12 Conference play begins. Stefan Nastic and Chasson Randle led the Cardinal (9-3) charge with 20 points apiece, while Dwight Powell (15 points, eight rebounds) and Josh Huestis (10 points, nine rebounds) controlled the paint area. Powell dished out five assists from the forward position, while Randle handed out four assists.
The Mustangs (4-8) were led by Chris Eversley’s season-high 25 points, followed by reserve Joel Awich’s career-high 11 points. Awich and David Nwaba each grabbed five rebounds, while Nwaba had three assists.
With Stanford leading 7-6 to start the game, the Cardinal went on an 8-0 run to grab an early 15-6 lead, despite not grabbing a single offensive rebound for the first 25 minutes of the game. Stanford used another 8-0 run to take a 25-12 lead with five minutes left before intermission, before coasting to a 33-20 halftime lead. Nastic did most of his damage on the inside, where Stanford had a noticeable height advantage. Nastic’s 20 points were a career high, eclipsing his old high of 14 points against Michigan last week.
Led by Eversley, the Mustangs were able to close the deficit to 45-33 with 14 minutes left in the game, before the Cardinal went on a 13-2 run to ice the game. Randle scorched the nets for three 3-point shots in the second half on his way to 20 points. Stanford’s lead reached as high as 72-49 with five minutes left before Stanford cleared their bench. The Mustang’s late 9-1 run prompted Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins to re-insert his starting squad to finish off the game.
Stanford shot a sizzling 58.1 percent (25-of-43) from the field, 50.0 percent (5-of-10) behind the 3-point arc, and 77.4 percent (24-of-31) from the charity stripe. Rebounding was even at 32-all.
The Mustangs shot 35.4 percent (23-of-65) from the field, 25.0 percent (5-of-20) behind the 3-point arc, and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the free throw line.
Stanford hosts archrival Cal on January 2, 2014 for their PAC-12 Conference opener. Tip off is 6 pm Pacific time. The game will be televised by Fox Sports 1.