Freshman forward Dwight Powell seemed to thrive during Stanford's first road game. Too bad the rest of the team could not follow his lead.
The Cardinal nearly rallied from a 14-point deficit in falling to Murray State, 55-52, in the first round of the 76 Classic Thursday night at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Stanford (3-1) meets Tulsa in Friday night's second round. The Hurricanes lost to UNLV in another first-round match up.
Powell scored 12 of his season high 16 points in the first half in which Stanford managed just 18 points total. Junior Josh Owens was the only other Cardinal player to reach double figures with 10.
Stanford's leading scorer, Jeremy Green, was limited to 9 points, all in the final minute.
The Cardinal hurt its own cause, committing 18 turnovers. Murray State turned those into 18 points.
Despite all the miscues, the game still came down to the final few seconds as the Racers made their free throws to clinch the win.
Stanford trailed by 11 at halftime and as much as 14 points in the first half. But over the final 20 minutes, the Cardinal shot 46.2 percent and limited the Racers to just 31.8 percent shooting ... Powell averages 11.3 points per game while shooting 69.2 percent (18-26) from the field ... Owens reached double figures for the 10th time in his career and first since netting 14 points against UCLA on Feb. 26, 2009 ... Green is 12-26 from beyond the arc this year ... Stanford has forced at least 15 turnovers in all four games this year ... The Cardinal finished the first half with just 18 points, its lowest output in a half since scoring 18 points over the first 20 minutes against Washington State on Feb. 11, 2010 ... Jack Trotter grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.