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Stanford's 3-point shooting takes care of the Rebels

 

Chasson Randle scored all of his 18 points on three-pointers and Stanford put on a show from long range in rolling to an 89-60 victory over UNLV in the semifinals of the Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday night.

Anthony Brown added 18 points and Rosco Allen chipped in with 15 as the Cardinal (3-0) scored the first 12 points on 3-point shooting, shot 57.1 percent from the field in the first half and never looked back in the game at Barclays Center.

Stanford will play No. 4 Duke. It will be the first coaching matchup between Mike Krzyzewski and Johnny Dawkins, his former point guard and assistant coach who now guides Stanford.

Christian Wood had 12 points to lead UNLV (2-1), which shot itself out of the game making 3 of its first 14 shots. Rashad Vaughn, who averaged 22 points for the Runnin' Rebels in the first two games, was held seven points on 2-9 shooting.

Stanford made 9 of its 14 3-pointers in the first half in opening a 23-point lead at the intermission. The Cardinal also dominated on the boards, outrebounding UNLV 47-29.

The game was basically over in the first 11 minutes as the Cardinal jumped to a 36-10 lead with 9:16 to play after Randle hit his third and fourth 3-pointers. The senior finished with five in the half and six for the game, one below his career high.

Randle was also in the middle of the game-opening 12-point run, sandwiching the first and last of the long-range barrage around 3-pointers by Brown and Allen.

Men's water polo

Adam Abdulhamid, BJ Churnside, Nick Hoversten and Cody Smith each scored a pair of goals and the second-seeded Stanford men's water polo team defeated seventh-seeded Pepperdine, 13-4, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament quarterfinals on Friday in Long Beach.

The second-ranked Cardinal (23-3), on a sixth game winning streak, faces its biggest test of the season Saturday when it faces off against USC in a semifinal match.

The winner advances to the championship with a good chance to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament if it should be needed.

Stanford opened a 3-0 lead early, getting two goals from Churnside and another from Bret Bonnani. Churnside recorded his first multi-goal game since Oct. 26 at Pepperdine, and 11th this season.

The Waves cut into Stanford's lead but the Cardinal responded win three additional goals to put the game out of reach.

Drew Holland played more than three quarters, making six saves. Oliver Lewis hopped into the cage with around five minutes left in the game and contributed three stops.

Women's volleyball

Top-ranked Stanford matched the program's best start to season Friday night, beating visiting No. 23 Utah, 25-23, 25-15, 25-18, in a Pac-12 Conference match.

The Cardinal (27-0 overall, 17-0 Pac-12) can set a record and clinch at least a tie for the conference title with a victory over visiting Colorado on Saturday night in Maples Pavilion.

Only the 1991 team, the year before Stanford won its first national championship, started a season with 27 victories.

Utah challenged Stanford in the opening set, hitting .209 and tying the score 15 times.

The Cardinal recorded a side-out 82 percent of the time and posted a .359 attack percentage to carry the momentum for the rest of the match.

Stanford finished with a .327 team hitting percentage, with eight team blocks. The Utes hit .117 and finished withsix blocks.

Senior opposite Morgan Boukather led the team with 13 kills on a .440 hitting percentage. She also collected eight digs and three blocks.

Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku added 10 kills on .444 hitting and two blocks. Junior Jordan Burgess finished with 10 kills and six digs.

Junior setter Madi Bugg controlled the offense with 37 assists, while recording five kills on eight errorless attempts.

Redshirt freshman middle blocker Merete Lutz added five kills and a match-high six blocks.

Senior libero Kyle Gilbert had 13 digs, marking the 27th time she has reached double-digits this season.

Men's swimming

No. 10 Stanford cushioned its lead at the Art Adamson Invitational with a number of impressive performances Friday, winning seven of eight events at the fall finale hosted by Texas A&M.

Stanford (1,107) leads the seven-team field with LSU (410) and Texas A&M (306) rounding out the top three.

The first of two relay wins came during the 200-yard medley version in 1:26.11. Stanford ended the evening by going 1-2-3 in the 800-yard freestyle relay with respective times of 6:26.77, 6:33.64 and 6:33.67.

The Cardinal managed to post a number of NCAA B-cuts, including wins in the 400-yard individual medley by Max Williamson (3:43.36), 100-yard butterfly by Gray Umbach (46.99), 200-yard freestyle by Drew Cosgarea (1:36.35) and 100-yard backstroke by David Nolan (47.32).

Daniel Le's sixth-place 55.25 was the fastest Cardinal time in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Kristian Ipsen made it a sweep of the diving events with a 3-meter win. Ipsen totaled 415.90 points in the event.

Women's swimming

Freshman Simone Manuel once again led the charge, this time along with classmate Janet Hu, as Stanford won four of five individual events during Day 2 of the Art Adamson Invitational. Manuel, who picked up her second A-cut and school record of the weekend, was joined as a medalist by fellow freshmen Hu - twice - and Heidi Poppe.

After setting the 200 free school record with a prelim time of 1:43.01, Manuel lowered it to 1:42.03 during the evening session. The mark broke Kate Dwelley's 1:43.14 record in 2009 by more than one second.

Sophomore Lia Neal was second in the 200 free, part of three 1-2 finishes for the Cardinal.

Freshman Heidi Poppe and junior Sarah Haase took the top two in the 100-yard breaststroke and freshmen Janet Hu and Ally Howe were first and second in the 100-yard backstroke.

Hu also won the 100-yard butterfly to be the only double-winner of the night.

Hu, a Vienna, Va., native, finished the fifth-best 100 back in Stanford history (52.18) and the No. 7 mark in the 100 fly (52.07).

Poppe was the fifth Cardinal to break 1:00.00 in the 100 breast prelim, before moving to the No. 3 spot on Stanford's charts in the evening session (59.21). She narrowly missed the A-cut of 59.12.

Stanford also won both relays, the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle, with A-cut times.

The medley stopped the clock at 1:35.99 and the free group, consisting of Julia Anderson, Neal, Maddy Schaefer and Manuel, posted a 7:01.22, a time that would have scored in the top five at last year's NCAA meet.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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