Chasson Randle's 21 points led four players in double figures as Stanford overwhelmed South Dakota State, 92-60, on Sunday night at Maples Pavilion in a regional game to conclude the Progressive Legends Classic.
Responding with an emphatic statement following last Tuesday's 88-67 loss to Pittsburgh in the tournament's championship game, Stanford (6-2) was unstoppable on offense from the opening tip. The Cardinal shot a season-best 59.6 percent overall, 7-of-14 from long distance and 17-of-22 from the foul line while dishing out 15 assists.
The Cardinal put the game out of reach with its best first-half performance in six years. Stanford built a 58-24 halftime lead, its most points in any half since ambushing Harvard, 63-28, over the first 20 minutes on the way to a 111-56 rout back on Nov. 8, 2007.
Anthony Brown added 19 points and Josh Huestis pitched in with 13, as both finished two rebounds shy of notching a double-double. Stefan Nastic chipped in with 10 points, making all four of his attempts from the field and finishing 2-of-3 from the foul line with three rebounds.
Stanford also played smothering defense, limiting South Dakota State (3-6) to just 33.8 percent shooting overall and a 6-25 mark from three-point range. The Jackrabbits were also forced into 15 turnovers.
After scoring the first 13 points of the game, Stanford extended its lead to 30-9 following a layup from Robbie Lemons midway through the first half.
Leading 33-17, Stanford embarked on a 25-7 scoring run to close out a first half that featured 66.7 percent (24-36) shooting.
The Cardinal's biggest lead of the game was 39 points, moving in front 67-28 following a pair of free throws from Randle with 15:42 remaining.
All five Stanford starters played less than 30 minutes while 11 players total saw action off the bench. The Cardinal was without the services of Aaron Bright (shoulder) and Grant Verhoeven (hip).
NOTES: Head coach Johnny Dawkins notched his 100th career win. Dawkins joins Mike Montgomery (393), Howard Dallmar (256), Everett Dean (167) and John Bunn (108) as the only coaches in school history with 100 victories on The Farm . . . Stanford has scored 50 points in a half four times already this year. The Cardinal accomplished the feat only twice in 34 games last year . . . Randle registered his third 20-point game of the year and 13th of his career. Randle also moved past Terry Taylor into the school's top-10 for career three-pointers made (157) . . . Huestis finished with four swats, increasing his career total to 142 and ranking fourth in school history. His next target is Curtis Borchardt at 146 . . . Stanford improved to 68-24 at home and 58-19 against nonconference opponents under Dawkins . . . The Cardinal matched a season high with nine steals, three coming from Randle . . . The Cardinal received 20 points from its bench. Marcus Allen established career highs in points (7) and rebounds (5), Wade Morgan converted the first of two free throw attempts for his second career point while Jack Ryan knocked down his first career three-pointer . . . Stanford and South Dakota State were hooking up for the first time on the hardwood . . . The Jackrabbits fell to 0-11 in the state of California as a Division I team, including 0-4 this year . . . Stanford returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 14, hosting UC Davis at 5 p.m. in the second half of a doubleheader after the women square off against Gonzaga.