By Rick Eymer
Palo Alto Online Sports
The shooting woes for Stanford guards Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright continued Sunday and this time the defense was not able to pick them up.
Randle and Bright combined to shoot .095 (2 of 21) from the floor and the Cardinal men's basketball team fell to visiting Belmont, 70-62, in a nonconference contest.
The good news is that Stanford's guards can't possibly get any worse and it's likely they will get a whole lot better as the season progresses.
Freshman guard Christian Sanders had the best game of his young college career and that's also promising. He was 5 of 7 from the floor and scored 11 points.
"Individual efforts for us are important," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "We've got to get better. Defensively we weren't so bad but it's tough when you shoot 31 percent. You have to be able to reward yourself on offense."
The bad news is despite a talented roster, the Cardinal must rely on guard play and keeping the tandem of Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell in for the majority of the game.
Huestis set career highs with 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Powell missed both of his shot attempts and all but seven minutes of the contest because of foul trouble.
Huestis set a goal of becoming one of the top defensive players in the Pac-12 and he took a significant step toward that against the Bruins.
"He is starting to come into his own," Dawkins said. "He's figuring things out."
Powell's absence led to a void in the middle, of which the speedy Bruins took advantage.
"He's been playing so well too," Dawkins said of Powell. "He's a difference maker and he does so many things well. We learned a lot about ourselves with him out like that."
Nastic matched his career high for points and grabbed a career best nine rebounds.
"There were some mistakes at the beginning we don't normally make," Nastic said. "We needed to be a lot more focused on the little things and collectively."
Stanford travels to the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas this week and will meet Missouri in the first game Thursday.
Senior Joslyn Tinkle scored a career-high 25 points, Chiney Ogwumike recorded her second double-double in as many days and fourth-ranked Stanford beat Tennessee-Martin, 93-67, on Sunday.
The Cardinal (5-0) ended its three-day run with three wins, including a 2-point win over top-ranked Baylor to open the Rainbow Wahine tournament in Honolulu.
Ogwumike, named the tournament MVP, finished with a season high 25 points and 10 rebounds. She has three double-doubles in the five games this season.
Ogwumike wore a lei, as did Tinkle, and held a small trophy while celebrating the win with her team.
Sophomore point guard Amber Orrange also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. She added seven rebounds.
Stanford finished the first half on a 14-5 run to take a 10-point lead at 41-31.