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Randle too hot for Denver to handle in Stanford hoops win

Chasson Randle is on fire and the Stanford men's basketball team hopes he never cools down.

Randle scored 29 points and the Cardinal beat host Denver, 66-57, Sunday in a nonconference game.

Anthony Brown added 12 points for Stanford (3-1), which returns home to host Texas Southern, in the first round of the Progressive Legends Classic, on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Legends Classic goes to Brooklyn for a couple of games and then returns to Maples Pavilion in December.

Stanford's first road game turned successful following a dreadful first half in which the Pioneers led, 25-24. Both teams shot under 40 percent in the half.

The Cardinal raised its level of play in the second half, eventually leading by as many as 13 points and finished over 40 percent from the field while Denver continued to have shooting problems.

The Pioneers matched their school record with 22 wins last year, including its first ever postseason win. They returned 10 players from that team, including their two leading scorers.

Randle averages 23.5 points so far this season and has scored at least 14 points in each of his first four games. Brown, who averages 13.5, has also reached double figures in each of his four games.

"I'm feeling good," Randle said. "I want to keep everything going. I'm looking to attack and keep the defense on its heels."

Randle, who recorded his 12th career 20-plus point game, is shooting over 57 percent on the year, a marked improvement from last year's 39.9 percent season average.

After giving up 112 points in a loss to BYU on Monday, the Cardinal has allowed 115 points total in its past two contests, a 57.5 average.

"We keep that number in our head," Randle said. "I wish we didn't give up that many points but we've been working on our defense and moving forward."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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