Green takes over in second half, scores 22 points in Cardinal win


By Rick Eymer

Palo Alto Online Sports

Jeremy Green caught fire in the second half, scoring all 22 of his points, and that sparked Stanford's 55-48 victory over visiting UC Riverside Sunday in a nonconference men's basketball contest.

The Cardinal (5-2) hosts North Carolina AT&T on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before heading on the road for games at Butler and Oklahoma State.

Stanford played its first game in two weeks, while the Highlanders (3-5) played for the first time since Dec. 2. In the first half, that's exactly how both teams played, combining for 20 turnovers and a 27 percent (15-of-55) field goal percentage.

Green missed his first eight shots, all in the first half, but then returned following the intermission and hit his first four shots to get things righted.

"At halftime I went back and thought about why I was missing so much," Green said. "I wanted to let the game come to me instead of forcing it. I concentrated more on making shots and I settled in."

Two weeks after a scary moment, in which Green collapsed following Stanford's double overtime victory against DePaul, the junior guard is at full health following finals and a generous amount of nutrition.

"I was hungry," he said. "I was eating a lot. I can't really explain it since it never happened to me before. I just felt tired and a little heavy."

Josh Owens, who missed all of last year with an undisclosed medical condition, added 14 points and matched his career-high with 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (5-2), who improved to 4-0 at home.

"Josh is still battling a lot of rust right now," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "He will continue to improve as he gets more comfortable. He's showing what he can do in a half. Putting two halves together is something he needs to learn."

Owens scored Stanford's first 11 points and helped the Cardinal out rebound the Highlanders by a 43-27 margin, including 23-11 on the offensive boards. Stanford also had 20 second-chance points.

Jack Trotter, who started his 39th consecutive game, added a season-high nine rebounds and hit his second 3-pointer of the season.

Freshman Anthony Brown fell on his back during an early Sunday practice and missed the game as a result.

Freshman center Stefan Nastic has a sore foot that will likely sideline him for a couple of weeks.

"Anthony fell in practice and couldn't go today," Dawkins said. "With Stefan we're waiting for the swellin in his foot to go down."

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