Anthony Brown did not start Saturday's game but he certainly helped finish it.
Brown came off the bench to score 17 points and grab six rebounds, leading Stanford to a come-from-behind 49-43 victory over Denver in a nonconference men's basketball contest.
"I usually set two alarms but I figured my body clock would get me up," said Brown, who accidentally set his alarm for 8 p.m. instead of 8 a.m. "I got called about 9 a.m. and I had about 10 missed calls. I was pretty tired after finals."
Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins benched him to start the game and that was a hard thing to do.
"This was the first time Anthony has ever been later for anything," he said. "It was difficult for me but we have a policy in place."
Brown, who is working toward a master's degree, had studied all week for a final on Thursday.
"I don't think anybody got much rest," he said. "It was not hard to get mentally ready for the game but our timing was off."
Stefan Nastic and Chasson Randle scored all nine points during a run in the final 3:28 to put Stanford (5-2) ahead to stay.
The Cardinal, which hosts Loyola Marymount on Wednesday at 6 p.m., survived its worst shooting game of the season as Randle, who was 5 of 5 from the foul line, and Nastic, who scored 10 points combined for a 6-of-24 effort from the floor.
"It's one of those games, you're coming off finals and haven't played two weeks," Dawkins said. "It's a difficult game. That was one of the best defensive efforts we've had since I've been here."
Robert Cartwright gave the Cardinal their first lead of the game, hitting a 3-pointer with 8:15 left to play. Brown extended the lead with a layup.
"Brown made some big shots," Denver coach Joe Scott said. "He and Randle are big-time players. They came through when their team needed them."
The Pioneers sprinted to a 13-2 lead, but Stanford rallied to tie the game at 15, sparked by a pair of Brown 3-pointers.
"When I went into the game I wanted to make a difference," Brown said. "After losing to DePaul the last game, there was no way I was going to let the team lose."
Denver pushed its lead to 25-15 before Rosco Allen, who also had six rebounds, hit a pair of free throws in the final minute to draw the Cardinal within 25-17 at halftime.
The Cardinal was held to their lowest first-half point total since trailing Tulsa, 25-16, at the break on Nov. 26, 2010. Stanford won a game in which it scored fewer than 50 points for the first time since edging host Washington State on Feb. 25, 2006.
The Cardinal is 5-0 against the Lions, though the teams have not met since Dec. 21, 1984.