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Starters get a break in Stanford's big win over Blue Hens

 

It was all about getting some of the younger players some extended playing time. The starters did their part.

Chasson Randle scored 15 points, one of four players who reached double figures, and Stanford downed Delaware 84-47 on Tuesday night. Randle played 30 minutes and no one else played more than 27.

Rosco Allen, Stefan Nastic and Anthony Brown each added 12 points for the Cardinal (4-1), who were coming off a loss to No. 4 Duke on Saturday. Reid Travis added 11 rebounds.

Stanford takes to the road for a Sunday game against DePaul. It's the Cardinal's final game before a two-week break for finals.

"We wanted to get the younger guys extended minutes," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "They were a little out-manned and our guys came out and set the tone early. We were able to build the lead and gain momentum."

The momentum continued with players like Robert Cartwright (14 minutes), Michael Humphrey (16) and Marcus Allen (12) in the game. Those guys helped the Cardinal build a 40-point lead with 1:26 remaining to play.

Cartwright hit a lay-up, the result of a Wade Morgan steal and Dorian Pickens assist, to give Stanford an 84-44 edge.

"Those guys work hard every day in practice and it's fun to see them get rewarded," Nastic said. "We were rooting for them."

It all, the bench accounted for 27 points, 10 rebounds, nine of the 22 assists and three of the six turnovers. Humphrey also blocked two shots.

Dawkins was particularly pleased with the 3.7-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

"It means we're sharing it and we're finding the right people for the right shots," he said.

Sophomore Camzon Hayes scored 15 points to lead the Blue Hens (0-4), who shot under 30 percent from the field for the second consecutive game. Hayes has reached double figures in all four games. Chivarsky Corbett added 10 points.

Stanford took advantage of Delaware's shooting woes and youthful lineup _ the Blue Hens used five freshmen and four sophomores for most of the game _ to open a 44-21 halftime lead.

"Delaware is a very respectable program," Nastic said. "I think we all got better. It was a good step for us."

NOTES: Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir served as Delaware's A.D. between 2009-12. … Stanford's Malcolm Allen, out the past eight weeks with a wrist injury, was cleared to play Friday. ... Grant Verhoeven, who had hip surgery, has been able to participate in practice in a limited capacity. ... The Cardinal play six games in November, its fewest in the month since playing six in 2010. … Stanford is 67-22 against nonconference opponents under Dawkins. … Stanford is in the middle of a "Blue" period, having lost to the Duke Blue Devils last Saturday, beating the Blue Hens Tuesday and facing DePaul's Blue Demons on Sunday.

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