Randle scores 31, has free-throw streak end in Stanford win


Chasson Randle led the Stanford men's basketball team to another dramatic come-from-behind effort with his season-high in scoring. The first question was about his missed free throws.

Randle missed his first free throws of the season, ending a streak of 39 consecutive that dated to last year's Sweet 16 game against Dayton. He made his first 35 this year.

"The good thing about two-shot fouls is that if you miss one, you get another chance," Randle said. "I'm only human."

Randle scored a season-high 31 points, two off his career best, as Stanford beat visiting Loyola Marymount, 67-58, Wednesday night.

"He had a nice streak going," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "I'm proud of the way he bounced back. He takes a lot of free throws. I never had a run like that from the line."

Randle's streak ended at 39, the school's third longest, and the longest since Ryan Mendez's school record 49 in 2001.

Randle, coming off a season-low nine-point effort, was 9 of 19 from the field and 10 of 12 from the foul line. He made his final five foul shots.

Stefan Nastic scored 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting for the Cardinal (6-2), which travels to BYU for a game Saturday.

The Lions held a 31-19 lead with 3:41 remaining in the first half. That's when the tide started turning.

"I think the game was won when we started turning them over," Randle said. "That leads to easy baskets."

Stanford scored the final eight points of the half to draw within 31-27 heading into the intermission.

Stanford and LMU were playing for the first time in 30 years and the sixth time overall. The Cardinal has won all six.

Stanford took the lead for good with an 11-2 run over a period of time, highlighted by 3-pointers from Randle and freshman Dorian Pickens.

Center Grant Verhoeven returned, scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds in his season debut, following his recovery from a hip injury.

Schuyler Rimmer, who appeared in two of Stanford's first four game, is no longer with the team.

Malcolm Allen, the twin brother of sophomore guard Marcus Allen, will redshirt the season.

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Posted by Charlie
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 18, 2014 at 11:12 am

This was a very exciting game from start to finish, and the Cardinal fought back after some early missteps. I urge the community to go to some games over the winter break to support these great student athletes!

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