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Nastic turns offensive in Stanford hoops victory

 

Stefan Nastic ended a perfect afternoon with a perfectly good dunk as the Stanford men's basketball team ended its nonconference season with a 79-62 victory over Cal Poly on Sunday in Maples Pavilion.

Nastic scored a career-high 20 points as he made all seven of his shots from the field and all six from the foul line. Chasson Randle also scored 20 for the Cardinal (9-3), which never trailed in the contest.

"I think getting the ball inside was a priority for us," Nastic said. "We are capable inside and outside but inside can definitely open up the court."

Stanford looks to its Pac-12 Conference opener Thursday when California (9-4) visits for a 6 p.m. game. The Bears beat Furman, 90-60, on Saturday.

"Going forward, things we have to get better at are understanding you have to play for 40 minutes, to finish teams off and to stay focused the entire night," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "All in all, we finished 9-3 in the preseason with a quality schedule. Our conference, top to bottom, is one of the best conferences in the nation, and I think it's been proven by how the preseason has gone for all of our teams."

All 12 teams will enter conference play with a winning record.

Dwight Powell added 15 points and a game-high five assists to go with eight rebounds. Josh Huestis had 10 points and led the team with nine rebounds.

Nastic's slam with 2:44 remaining to play was his final field goal and he left the game after sinking a pair of free throws a minute later.

The Cardinal used an 18-6 midway through the first half to open a 25-12 lead and the Mustangs never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

Stanford was 58 percent from the field on 25 of 43 shooting. The Cardinal has made at least one three-pointer in 400 consecutive games dating to an 0-6 outing against Purdue on Nov. 24, 2001

With three blocked shots, Powell inched ahead of Brook Lopez for sixth all-time with 103. Huestis recorded career block No. 150 and remains third all-time behind Tim Young and Robin Lopez.

(The Lopez twins played two seasons with Stanford before turning pro).

The Cardinal enters its game with Cal averaging 77.8 points a game and allowing 68.9 a contest. The Bears have a 74.6 scoring average and allow 66.7 points a game.

Cal's Richard Solomon leads the Pac-12 in rebounding, averaging 10.3. He's ranked 14th nationally.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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