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Stanford men make right turn on the road in Pac-10 hoops win

 

Jarrett Mann and Josh Owens picked up the slack for a struggling Jeremy Green and the Stanford men's basketball team picked up an important road win Thursday, beating host Arizona State, 55-41, in a Pac-10 contest.

Owens had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Cardinal (2-0, 9-4) won its third straight overall. Mann added a season-high 11 points, two off his career best and matched his season best with seven boards.

Green, Stanford's leading scorer with a 16.8 average, was held to seven points on 2-of-10 shooting against the Sun Devils, against whom he always seems to struggle. He's a 31 percent career shooter against them.

Arizona State employs an aggressive match-up zone defense with a twist.

"They always stay with Jeremy," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "It's almost like a box-and-one."

Owens and Mann were more than enough, combining to shoot 69 percent from the field, with Owens a solid 6-of-8.

Arizona State was within 45-41 with 4:47 remaining to play but never scored again as the Cardinal was 8-of-9 down the stretch from the foul line, including two from Mann.

The Sun Devils (1-2, 8-6) missed their final nine shots, seven from 3-point range. Arizona State made one of 14 long-range shots on the night.

Stanford made former teammate turned analyst Drew Shiller look good. John Platz's sidekick on the radio, Shiller predicted a Cardinal victory during the pre-game show.

Stanford, 2-4 in games away from Maples Pavilion, travels to Arizona for a 3:30 p.m. contest on Saturday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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