A spurt by Stanford University at the start of the second half proved to be the difference as the Cardinal fought off a determined Seattle University squad, 77-66, Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion.
Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, plus he pulled down eight rebounds and earned three steals. Alex Jones (Phoenix, Ariz.) also scored 15 points, while Aaron Broussard (Federal Way, Wash.) collected 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals and Sterling Carter (Seattle, Wash.) contributed 12 points during the evening.
"(In the second half, Stanford) hit their shots and their free throws, that was the difference," head coach Cameron Dollar said. "Our guys competed and played hard tonight. We could have done a better job of finishing when we got the ball inside. I am proud of the way they have been working hard all year long."
After Jones hit the first basket of the game, Stanford's Anthony Brown hit a three-pointer, and the Cardinal held the lead for the rest of the first half. Jeremy Green hit a three-pointer with 12:14 left in the first half to cap a 6-0 run that gave Stanford a 13-6 advantage, but the Redhawks would cut into that deficit with back-to-back baskets by Carter and Broussard.
Stanford (15-14) took its biggest lead of the first half with seven minutes left at 22-14 when Josh Owens hit back-to-back shots, but the Redhawks responded with a 7-0 run to cut the Cardinal lead to 22-21 with three minutes left. After Green hit his second three-pointer of the half, Carter nailed consecutive long distance baskets to allow Seattle U to go into the locker room at halftime down by only one point, 28-27.
The Cardinal took control of the game at the start of the second half, coming out of the locker room on a 12-1 scoring run, led by nine points from Brown. Chad Rasmussen (University Place, Wash.) broke the Seattle U scoring drought with a three-pointer, but Stanford kept the Redhawks at arm's length with easy baskets.
Down by as much as 14 points in the second half, the Redhawks battled back, with Burrell scoring six points as part of a Seattle U 8-1 run that brought the visitors to within six at 67-61 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. However, Stanford hit 10-of-12 free throws in the final two-and-a-half minutes to solidify its victory.
Green shot 7-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the three-point line, as he led all players with 22 points, while Brown notched a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, As a team, Stanford shot 58.1 percent (25-of-43) from the field, including 9-of-16 from behind the three-point line, and 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the free throw line.
Seattle U shot 35.2 percent (25-of-71) from the field, including 4-of-18 from behind the three-point line, and 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the free throw line. Even though Stanford finished with a slight 37-36 rebounding edge, the Redhawks did pull down 14 offensive rebounds and forced the Cardinal into 21 turnovers while committing only 11 turnovers of their own.
Seattle University (11-18) concludes its three-game road swing, playing its final game away from home Saturday, March 5, at the University of Idaho beginning at 7 p.m. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill, Jr., will broadcast the game from courtside on 710 ESPN Seattle, beginning with the pregame show shortly before tipoff.